Dimension Data rider suffers broken arm after being manhandled by park rangers

His team say they are investigating after video footage emerged online

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Shocking video footage has emerged of a Dimension Data rider being manhandled by park rangers in an incident that left him with a broken arm.

The video appeared on social media on Friday (December 27) showing South African rider Nic Dlamini being shoved against a vehicle by Table Mountain National Park rangers, before the rider was wrestled into the back of the truck.

Footage was posted on Twitter by Lawrence Lindeque, who said Dlamini suffered a broken arm in the altercation and later posting a picture of his X-rays.

According to the park rangers, Dlamini was confronted because he hadn’t paid a conservation fee and did not have required permits, adding that he “injured himself during the ordeal.”

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Dimension Data, which will race under the new name NTT Pro Cycling next season said: “We are aware of a video in which one of our riders, Nic Dlamini, was involved in an incident in Cape Town earlier today.

“He’s currently undergoing medical assessment, after which we’ll be able to provide a full update on what transpired.”

The incident happened in Table Mountain National Park, near Cape Town in South Africa.

In a statement reported by Times Live (opens in new tab), a spokesperson for the park rangers said: “According to the TMNP section ranger, the cyclist had entered gate one of the Silvermine section without paying the conservation fee nor showing proof of activity permits when requested.

“Upon investigation and finding the cyclist who could not produce his entry ticket or a valid activity permit, the situation spiralled causing the suspect to injure himself during the ordeal.”

Since the incident, a UK cyclist has set up a JustGiving page, (opens in new tab) with the aim of raising £10,000 to support Dlamini by covering medical and potential legal costs.

Dlamini, 24, started his career with Dimension Data as a stagiare in 2017, joining the main roster that same year.

This season he rode and finished his first Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España.

He is set to continue riding with the South African squad next season.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.