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Skizo’s podium boost
- Updated: January 19, 2012
Beijing BMX Olympian Sifiso Nhlapo’s bid to qualify for the London Olympics later this year continues at pace.
The young South African has once again shown that injury does not slow the young South African down but that he bounces back to top form every time.
Spending a week at the Red Bull DTC with his coach Herve Krebs testing strength & speed, the two were confident leading into Manchester that Nhlapo could get on the box.
With a strong contingent of European riders Skizo kew that racing was going to be tough. He would need to get used to the track and his new signature bike the “1zero5” displaying his South African team MTN/Qhubeka colours very quickly.
The Moto’s came with mixed results which saw Nhlapo transferring to the main and starting towards the outside. When the riders were being introduced Great Britain’s Liam Phillips was clearly the crowd favorite as the indoor stadium erupted when his name was announced.
The eight riders in the main all had good starts which kept Skizo out wide, the MTN/Qhubeka rider then using his race experience and swooped down early in the first turn emerging in fourth position. Phillips was out front with Jelle Van Gorkom in second,
Nhlapo made a pass which took him into podium position and on the last section Phillips making a mistake allowing Dutch rider Van Gorkom to take the win.
That saw positions in the Elite Men as follows: 1 Jelle Van Gorkom (NED) 2 Liam Phillips (GB) 3 Sifiso Nhlapo (SA).
Nhlapo said after the race, “it’s a great way to start the season, First race on my own bike and to get on the podium again to thank all my sponsors for their support and belief in me while injured.”