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Skizo wins in Norway

Olympian Bmx rider Sifiso “Skizo” Nhlapo came back with strong performances this weekend in Sandness, Norway for Rounds 11 & 12 of the European Bmx Championships.

Opting to sit out of rounds nine and 10 held in Belgium two weeks ago after a crash in practice injuring his wrist, Skizo came back firing on top form for this weekend’s racing where he has based himself in Norway for the 2009 European BMX Season.

On Saturday which was round eleven the MTN Bmx rider got through his motos pretty comfortably but by the time the quarter-finals came his wrist had started to play up.

He had a quick visit┬á to the medic centre where they strapped it a little different and rubbed some “muthi” on it to help get rid of the pain.

Riding in semi-final 1 and starting from lane one Skizo was a bit slow out the gate leaving Martijn Scherpen to take the lead and the win in the semi final. In the final the MTN Bmx rider got to start from lane three, when the gate dropped Skizo checked out and when they exited out of the first turn he was over a bike length in front of the trailing seven riders.

Behind Nhlapo there was a great race going on with Rob van den Wildenberg riding a great race coming from fourth and picking off Thomas Hamon from France and Marcus Bloomfield from Great Britain to finished in a well deserved second spot behind the South African.

Said an elated Skizo, “It’s great to win here in Sandnes, Norway because this is like a home race for me being based here with my good friend Anders Gronsund. The wrist has held out so we should be good for tomorrow, it was a tough decision not racing in Belgium but after the win today I think it was the right decision to let it heal.”


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