Daryl Impey is the overall winner of the 2018 Tour Down Under, and Nicholas Dlamini of the Team Dimension Data for Qhubekha was the victor in the King of the Mountains competition.
Meanwhile, Andre Greipel triumped in the final 90km criterium-style stage. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was keen on safeguarding Tom-Jelte Slagter’s third place overall, as well as making sure that Dlamini finished safely to win the title King of the Mountains.
The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka also ranked second in the team classification.
Dlamini, 22, has spent four out of six stages in the breakaways, and has come to be one of Tour Down Under’s fan favorites. Dlamini managed to win the King of the Mountains jersey even though it was his first race on the World Tour.
Dlamini shared, “It has been a great week for the entire team, everyone did what they needed to. I am delighted to win my first leaders jersey in my first World Tour race,”
“I think I learned a lot in just one week of racing so going forward I think I will still improve a lot. As a team, this was a great start to our season and I feel we will also just get better as the season progresses,” he added.
The result of the early season Word Tour was strong for “Africa’s Team.” Slagter’s impressive performance on the queen stage got him a podium finish, behind Impey and Richie Porte.
“I am really satisfied and happy that we could secure third place on the last day, I am really proud of the guys for what they did this week,” Slagter shared.
“We had two neo-pros, some other young guys and a really experienced rider in Mark Renshaw, which made a real difference this week. My motivation was really high to start well here with my new team and now I can only say, we can all be really proud and happy with the way we raced this week.”