Nicholas Dlamini: Tour de France diversity has taken a 'disturbing step-back'

‘Cycling still has an enormous way to go in order to be a sport for all’ says the rider

Nicholas Dlamini
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In Copenhagen last Friday there was a notable absence from the Tour de France grand depart, not a single black rider was present on the start line.

Last year, Nicholas Dlamini (Team-Qhubeka) was the first black South African rider to participate, and in an exclusive interview with Cycling Weekly, Dlamini says the lack of black riders at the Tour de France in 2022 certainly feels like a retreat from the progress made last year. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.