Polokwane — Team Swift Botswana, which participated at the just ended Tour de Limpopo UCI Africa tour 2.2 stage, was classified number 14 out of the 18 participating teams, registering an improved outcome from their last year performance.
The team, which aspires to be one of the first cycling teams in the country to compete internationally, was in the last spot in the first edition of the race in 2018, and it was also their first participation at races of such level.
This year, the team moved up four spots and showed a much improved performance from its riders; comprising three locals in Thabiso Mokalake, Lloyd Molale and Daniel Kelaotswe as well as three guest riders in Henry Neethling from Pro Touch Development, Etnard Louw and Wynand Dipperaan both from Mad Macs in Cape Town.
Team manager, David Lebalelo, who was happy with the cyclists' performance, said the classification was a great achievement for the team and athletes.
He said they would have to put more resources into their preparations for next year's race.
"I am more hopeful now that our sponsors will consider putting in more resources for the success of the team," said Lebalelo
Meanwhile, Limpopo Tourism Agency chief executive officer, Nomasonto Ndlovu said Tour de Limpopo was not just about cycling, but most importantly, a showcase of the province's scenery, attractions and offerings not only to riders but to all who have been following the race.
When they crafted Tour de Limpopo vision, she said they did not anticipate how big it would get and the response they got since last year.
Meanwhile, Tour de Limpopo 2019 Africa tour champion is Italian Samuel Battisttela of Dimension Data.
He completed the tour in 11:38:44, beating South Africans' Kent Main with a time of 11:36:48 and Connor Brown at 11:39:08.
Tour de Limpopo 2020 will be held in May 12-17.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>