Nolan Hoffman rewarded his hard working Abantu team-mates by winning the sprinters points jersey at the 2014 edition of the Mzansi Tour presented by Cathsseta. Hoffman was labelled by numerous journalists on the tour as the “man of the tour” aside from the dominant performances of Team MTN-Qhubeka.
With the opening stage being a team time-trial prologue and stages one & two finishing up challenging climbs, Hoffman along with his team-mates had to chase the intermediate sprint points on all of the road stages during the entire tour
He found himself in the days long break-aways on stages one & two, bagging points on the road while on stage 3 his young team rode out of their skins along with the Pro Continental outfit of MTN-Qhubeka allowing Hoffman to win more intermediate points and then reel in the days long breakaway in the closing kilometres where Hoffman finished 3rd and moved into the lead in the competition.
The final stage four was still going to be a big battle but due to the planned course being announced as unsafe the stage was not included as part of the tour gifting Hoffman with the jersey before the final race which was turned into a 25 lap criterium held on a 2.5km circuit inside the Blue Hills Country estate.
“Im really happy to have won the jersey. I had to work really hard for this jersey going in the breaks on two of the three stages and then my team buried themselves to keep things together on the 200km stage. This tour was not suited to the sprinters and for a pure sprinter to win the green jersey with the amount of points which were put on the uphill finishes, I’m really happy with my performance and that of the teams.” said Hoffman.
Team MTN-Qhubeka showed what vision, passion and extensive funding can do for a professional sports team as they went on to win the overall General Classification, Best Young Rider, Best African and the King of the Mountains jerseys. They were also the overall winners of the Team Classification making Team Abantu the only other team to have won a jersey on the tour.
“It was a massive challenge for Nolie and the boys to secure this jersey. It was our mission to prove that Nolan doesn’t just sprint fast but is a true fighter and champion. I think he surprised a few people this week and has earned some respect for his efforts. I’m super proud that the boys were able to support him in pursuit of the green and more so that we were the only other team other than MTN to have won a jersey. Its incredible and a proud feeling” said Dean Edwards, team principal.