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Reinardt races up GC

By Mark Etheridge

Our Reinardt Janse van Rensburg ended third in the eighth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Hainan in China on Thursday.

That result was enough for the up and coming MTN-Qhubeka rider to move up to second spot overall on the General Classification standings.

He is now only behind Kazakhstan’s Valentin Iglinsky of the Astana team with just 14 seconds separating the two. He in turn, is five seconds ahead of German Rider Alexander Schmitt who rides for the Team Eddy Merckx-Indeland outfit.

In the team stakes the MTN-Qhubeka side are sitting 12th of 19 entries, 26min 39 behind leaders Geox-TMC.

Thursday’s stage was a 184.7 kilometre ride between Dongfang and Sanya and the final stage is an 88.2km ride in Sanya.

As usual Janse van Rensburg gave credit to his team after another tough day of racing. “The team rode really well setting up the move. They made the pace very uncomfortable before a 5km 6% climb at 60km. They continued up the climb and blew themselves for me. As the bunch started to fracture Astana took control and drove it clear. We were about 25 guys together over the top with another 25 crossing 10km later.”

From then on the powerful Astana outfit with all their riders up in front drove things all the way to the finish.

But Janse Van Rensburg still went about accumulating points along the way. “I managed to win the second hotspot and placed second in the third, giving me a 5sec bonus and moving me up to second. When it came to the final sprint I think perhaps I went a bit too early and got passed by Inglinsky and [Danielle] Colli in the final 50m. I was disappointed to not have won a stage but happy to move up to second overall.”

The reigning All Africa Games time-trial champion, still just 22, won his first stage on foreign soil in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia earlier this month but is realistic about his chances in the final stage on Friday.

“I am 14sec behind Iglinsky at the moment and there is a maximum 16sec on offer on Friday. So its unlikely that I will be able to pass him in GC and I will look to defend second spot.”