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Reinardt rules in France

Pretoria’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg continues to make himself felt on the international cycling scene, writes Mark Etheridge.

The All Africa Games time trial champion, stage winner at the Herald Sun Tour in Australia and runner-up in the General Classification (GC) at the Tour of Hainan in China, Janse van Rensburg has now turned his attention to the European circuit.

Currently on tour with the MTN-Qhubeka outfit, the youngster won stage four of the Tour de Bretagne in France, a UCI 2.2 Tour.

He clocked 3hr 52min 18sec for the 154 kilometre stage between Missillac and Mur de Bretagne, jumping clear with just 700 metres to the finish.

After 122 riders stared the stage, just 20 riders remained in contention for the final assault of infamous Mur de Bretagne climb, a murderous 2km climb at 15% gradient.

Team-mate Dennis van Niekerk, a climber of note, kept Janse Van Rensburg company for the final push.

ÔÇ£With 6km’s to go I said to Dennis I was feeling good and that he must keep me near the front and then with 700m to go I pushed really hard and got a gap. I am really happy to win for our teamÔÇØ said Van Rensburg.


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