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Nicholas Dlamini will pin on the race numbers for the first time since an altercation in December with park rangers left him with a broken arm. Australian Benjamin Dyball also lines up for NTT Pro Cycling at Vuelta a Burgos in his debut for the WorldTour team.
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NTT Pro Cycling, Mitchelton-Scott
27 Jul 2020 - 1:43 PM  UPDATED 27 Jul 2020 - 7:31 PM

Dlamini's arm broken in altercation with park rangers
Nicolas Dlamini's early season plans are over after his left arm was broken in an altercation with South African National Parks rangers yesterday.

It's the 24 year-old South African's first race since October after his arm was broken when over zealous park rangers at Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town pulled him off his bicycle and demanded he brandish a permit. 

"I haven’t pinned on a number in about 10 months, if not more, and so I’m very excited and nervous," Dlamini said.

"I’ve done all the preparation and I’m feeling really good. I’m really looking forward to the race, to be on the start line and having a number on my back, that’s going to be a lot of fun.

"Burgos is a really nice race, it was actually my very first race as a stagiaire so it’s nice to be heading back."

It is understood an investigation is still underway to look into the rangers. 

Dlamini isn't the only NTT Pro team member itching to race. 31-year-old Australian Benjamin Dyball finally made the step up to the WorldTour when he signed with the team but is yet to turn over a pedal in a real world race for NTT Pro Cycling. 

Sunderland and Dyball take the long road to the top
Two Australian riders at very different stages of their careers have been offered their first shot at the professional ranks of the WorldTour with NTT in 2020. Sunderland, 23, moves up after a promising young career while Dyball, 30, looked like he had missed the chance to enter the top ranks despite his prodigious talent.

But he will line up with Dlamini and fellow Australian Ben O'Connor at Vuelta a Burgos tomorro (Tuesday) as well as Louis Meintjes and Danilo Wyss. 

NTT's sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo also lines up for the race and hopes to build on his early season success, winning a stage at the Tour Down Under and Paris-Nice. Max Walscheid will be with him for the sprints. 

Mitchelton-Scott names strong Vuelta a Burgos team

Matt White talks Michelton-Scott plans for the remainder of the season

Mitchelton-Scott will take a climber-heavy roster to Vuelta a Burgos with Esteban Chaves, Simon Yates, Mikel Nieve, Jack Haig, and Lucas Hamilton all suiting up for the team.

“I am really nervous, excited and anxious but I think I am in good shape," Chaves said.

"Personally the lockdown was a good time for me and after that I am more hungry and I can see everything with a different perspective."

Chris Juul-Jensen and Alex Edmondson will also line up for the team for the flatter/punchier stuff.