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Reinardt seventh in China

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was the first South African rider home as the Tour of Hainan got underway in China on Thursday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Janse van Rensburg came of age in last week’s Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia, taking his first international stage when he won the second of five stages.

On Thursday, Van Rensburg ended seventh in the 163.5 kilometre ride from Sanya to Wuzhishan.

That put him first of the MTN-Qhubeka outfit contesting the race. “The group split on a category two climb 15km from the finish. About 30-40 guys made it over the front. Along with me, JC Nel also made it over but Dennis [Van Niekerk] wasn’t his normal level due to flu and he missed the split,” explained Janse van Rensburg.

“Bradley Potgieter also rode really well, he went into a break with a rider from Champion systems at the 95km mark and built up an advantage of four minutes and also won one sprint prime. He rode away from the Champion Systems guy but was eventually caught halfway up the climb.”

It then all came down to the final sprint. “It was downhill and very fast. I didn’t have a good kick and got seventh, a little disappointing but I’m still hoping to win a stage or two,” concluded the reigning All Africa Games time trial champion.