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- Updated: October 13, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
South African sprinter Reinardt Janse van Rensburg reckons Thursday’s stage win in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour cycle race in Australia is a pivotal moment in his burgeoning career.
Janse van Rensburg won the second stage of the Aussie event, a 140.6km ride from Ballarat to Geelong and beat some top names in the cycling world.
The MTN-Qhubeka rider now slots in at fourth spot in the General Classification, 22 seconds down on Australia’s Rhys Pollock (Drapac Professional Cycling).
“I see this as a major stepping stone in my career,” enthused Janse van Rensburg to the Road to London 2012 website a few hours after his groundbreaking victory. “This proves that I am good enough to be in the top leagues of cycling.”
“I am ecstatic. I knew it was possible, but I still can’t believe that I pulled it off, myself. Actually quite in shock. I felt better than yesterday, as I think the jetlag was hampering me a bit on the first day. I felt quite good during all the key sections of the race and was constantly in the front.
“After 50km two guys rode away and built up an advantage of six minutes. But the break was eventually reeled in 10km to go.”
“The finish suited me quite well as a power sprinter. The last kay kicked up a little to an average of about 5-6%. I came from quite far back as my teammate Dennis [Van Niekerk) did an excellent job in getting me into a winning position with 200m to go. Because I came from far back my speed was already much faster than the guys in the front and I just had to keep my speed to win.”