Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
22 Aug 2014
4:15 pm

Thompson feeling the stress ahead of the Spanish race

Wesley Botton

Former national champion Jay Thomson admits he is nervous as South African trade outfit MTN-Qhubeka prepare to line up for their historic debut at La Vuelta a Espana.

Picture: AFP

“I don’t think I can put my nerves into a sentence,” Thomson said on Friday.

“I’m 28 years old now but I’m starting my first Grand Tour (race) and it is a dream that’s come true.”

Thomson said the nine-member team, which includes six African riders, had received overwhelming support back home ahead of the three-week cycle race in Spain, which starts with the team time trial on Saturday.

“As a bike rider, to be here at the Vuelta, I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

“The support we have got from back home is crazy.”

Qhubeka will be the first African-based outfit to compete at a Grand Tour event.