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Nolan nails silver

By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s Nolan Hoffman scorched to silver in the men’s scratch final at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday.

Hoffman, who hails from Groendal near Franschhoek in the Western Cape, ended second behind Britain’s Ben Swift and ahead of Dutchman Wim Stroetinga for his podium finish.

The race was contested over 15 laps (a total distance of 15km) with the average speed being clocked at 50.185km/h.

A total of 21 riders took part in the final, raced at the Hisense Arena.

“Wow! So silver in the scratch at the worldchamps, put that in your pipe and smoke itÔǪ..” was how Hoffman first reacted to his superb victory.

Hoffman, who won the road race at last year’s All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, and also won the Amashova Classic road race in Durban last year, celebrates his 27th birthday later this month.

Our other representative at the championships is former world junior one-kilometre time trial champion Bernard Esterhuizen. He has his first race on Friday.


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