Minister Nathi Mthethwa sends his best wishes to Qhubeka Cycling Team and congratulates Nicholas Dlamini for his debut appearance, as the team prepare to participate for the Seventh Time in the 2021 Tour De France

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25 Jun 2021

This Saturday, 26 June 2021 sparks will fly as the 2021 Tour de France kicks off. This is an annual men's multiple-stage bicycle race primarily held in France. Like the other grand tours, the event which consists of 21 day-long stages over the course of 23 days, commences this Saturday 26 June 2021 until Sunday 18 July 2021.

The event starts in Brest, France, where participants will cycle 3,470 kilometres over 21 days, ending in Paris. The team from South Africa will be represented by 8 riders, including Nicholas Dlamini, a Cape Town born athlete who makes history as the first black South African cyclist to participate in the 108th Tour De France.  

South Africa’s Team Qhubeka World Tour Cycling team with the motto of ‘Bicycles Change lives’ will be making its 7th appearance this year, having done well in 2015 with Steve Cummings’ stage win on Mandela Day.    

Minister Nathi Mthethwa in expressing his message of support to the team said, “Allow me to first congratulate Nicholas Dlamini rising from humble beginnings  to the international stage. This is a demonstration that tenacity, determination and selflessness are indeed virtues that birth greatness, as long as one remains focused at all times. To the entire South African registered team that will be carrying the country’s flag high, go out there and represent us well. You have stood the test of time, especially during these difficult times when the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking global havoc. We agree with your motto that bicycles change lives, as they serve as an instrument of promoting a healthy lifestyle. All the best to the team. We are behind you all the way.” – Minister Nathi Mthethwa     

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