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Nicholas Dlamini Wins Cape Rouleur 36ONE Yellow Jersey for Elton John Aids Foundation

by Nick Gregory

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Nicholas Dlamini riding for UBS/EJAF has won the coveted 36ONE yellow jersey at this year's Cape Rouleur.

Karl Platt of Team Bulls won the Pro Category jersey. The ladies' jersey went to Jo Merritt, the climbers' jersey to Josh Hodge and the sprinters' jersey to Bradwin Daniels - the talented development rider from the Cape Town Giants team. The best team award went to Team Oryx, with the very talented Cape Town Giants finishing a close second. 

18 year old Dlamini, in his role as the first ambassador for EJAF delivered a stunning performance over the 4 days, riding in some testing conditions and with stiff competition. There were only 95 finishers out of 150 + registered starters, with the epic 208km 3rd stage taking its toll together with a stomach bug doing the rounds in the region. 

Star of the event, Nicholas Dlamini (UBS/EJAF) putting his competitors in trouble

The peloton on the beautiful road between Gordon's Bay and Bettys Bay 

Dlamini said: "The 12 months since winning the sprinters' jersey on last year's Cape Rouleur have been a whirlwind. I dreamt of many things, trained and worked hard, but even my dreams have been exceeded. It has been an honour to ride and win in my new role as Elton John Aids Ambassador". 

Karl Platt, said:  "Once again I had a great time riding the Cape Rouleur. My highlight was taking the Franschhoek Pass Strava segment by almost 1.5 minutes in the Climbers' Jersey Competition. Nicholas did an amazing 2km lead out that helped me take the record." 

Matt Prior, England Cricket Vice Captain commented: "This is the first event I've done like this. I am keen to look at the calendar and see when I am available for the next one. The organisation has been fantastic and we have been looked after brilliantly.  Everyone has been so friendly and I've made some genuinely good friends this week." 

Stage Three (208km) featured a 5.15am "night start"

Some of the 160 riders celebrate at the finish of the Festival Ride at the Cape Town waterfront

Well known cycling industry businessman Humphrey Cobbold from London:  "I have participated in bike rides all over the world, and there's no question in my mind that this is one of the very best, if not the greatest." 

The winners' jersey presentation ceremony was conducted at a braai (BBQ) hosted by National Braai Day founder Jan Braai and the Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego at the race village after the final stage. 

TV coverage for the event will be on Eurosport and Supersport in SA. 

All of the jersey winners on stage with Mayor Conrad Sidego of Stellenbosch and Steven Liptz of 36ONE Asset Management

Stage 3 Results: 

Points for the Climbers jersey -  Helshoogte Climb: 
1st - Nicholas Dlamini - (5 points)
2nd - Geddan Ruddock - (4 points)
3rd - Josh Hodge - (3 points) 

The Stage 3 Sprint results: 
1st - Bradwin Daniels (10 points)
2nd - Geddan Ruddock - (8 points)
3rd - Nicholas Dlamini - (6 points) 

The Stage 3 Yellow GC Stage Results: 
1st - Karl Platt (pro) - Team Bulls
2nd - Nicholas Dlamini (amateur) UBS/EJAF
3rd - Nabigh Davids (amateur) - Cape Town Giants 

The Stage 3 Ladies Pink GC Stage Results:
1st - Jo Merritt
2nd - Joanne McLeod (Lumo Hawk 1)
3rd - Mandy Hibberd 

Final overall standings and 36ONE jersey winners: 
Karl Platt (Team Bulls) - 36ONE yellow jersey (Pro Category)
Nicholas Dlamini (UBS/EJAF) - 36ONE yellow jersey (Amateur Category)
Jo Merrit - 36ONE pink jersey
Bradwin Daniels (Cape Town Giants) - 36ONE green jersey
Josh Hodge - 36ONE red jersey 

Teams Results:
1st Oryx Stainless Steel 1
2nd Cape Town Giants
3rd Lumo Hawk 1

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