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LAVUMISA – Despite struggling in the first lap of the Kukhanya Road Classic, MTN Khemani’s Muzi Shabangu came back strong to win the 110km race.
Shabangu reached the winning point in 3:34:10 hours to beat the 19 cyclists who participated in the main race.

The MTN Khemani cyclist said despite that he struggled in the first stage, determination saw him through.
“The route was perfect despite that it had hills in the first lap. I managed to come back strong, especially in the second lap. I knew Gcina Banda who had been leading for the better part of the race would crumble towards the end. I took advantage of that and I won the race,” Shabangu said.

The national championship runner-up said he was looking forward to winning the upcoming races.
Coming second overall was Dig Deep’s Gcina Banda on 3:34:12 hours and he was closely followed by another MTN Khemani cyclist in Sicelo Phiri on 3:35:10 hours.
Banda admitted that the eventual winner gave him a tough competition.

“For the first 90km, I was leading and he came back strong in the last 20km.His weakness was on finish-up. I need to work on that, otherwise the route was good except that it was uphill in the first lap,” he said.
The race started and finished at Lavumisa Traffic Circle. The turning point was at Mantambe just near Galile in the Shiselweni region.

There were no female cyclists in the main race, which the President of Cycling Association of Swaziland, Sihlangu Nhlabatsi decried.
The event was blessed by the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Paul Dlamini.

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