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Reinardt’s double delight
- Updated: May 7, 2012
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg’s incredible run of form continues to roll on, and onÔÇª and on, writes Mark Etheridge.
This weekend saw back-to-back victories for the young 23-year-old from Pretoria. On Saturday he won the Ronde van Overijssel race in the Netherlands. A day later he was at it again, this time in neighboring Belgium where he won the Circuit de Wallonie.
The MTN-Qhubeka rider, who stamped his sprinting prowess on yet another race, outsprinted the bunch in a tough uphill finish of the 176-kilometre race. It was particularly sweet for Janse van Rensburg has he won here as a junior five years ago. He clock 4hr 14min 10sec for the day’s work.
“Ok I don’t know what’s going on. Another win for me today. This time, the circuit de Wallonie. #shocked,” was Janse van Rensburg’s initial reaction on his Facebook page. And shocked he may well be as this is an amazing 11th international victory in 2012, with five of them having come in Europe.
It’s taken a while for the All Africa Games time trial champion to adapt to the large bunches and narrow roads of France, Netherlands and Belgium but┬á he has been a quick learner. After a good few attacks in the early stages of Sunday’s race everything came together in the closing circuits that featured a nasty climb of 15% gradient. The front group was eventually trimmed down to 29 riders and the power of the Pretoria rider once again proved the deciding factor.
Most of the leaders were involved in a crash in Saturday’s race and Janse van Rensburg had been worried about how his legs were feeling. ÔÇ£I told the guys today that my legs were not so good so they should go in the breakaways but then when we came closer to the finish I started feeling better and went for the sprint with 300m to go and took it quite easily
The Johannesburg based MTN-Qhubeka team now have a week off before the five-day Fleche du Sud race in Luxembourg, a race that Janse van Rensburg has been looking forward to for some time now.
Team MTN-Qhubeka has a week off now before heading to Luxembourg for the 5 day stage race Fleche du Sud.
Meanwhile in the Giro d’Italia, South Africans Robbie Hunter and Daryl Impey are in action at the Giro d’Italia and ended 13th and 15th respectively in stage two.
The grand tour started in Denmark and the stage was contested over 206km to the city of Herning and Britain’s Mark Cavendish came up trumps, the Sky Procycling rider clocking 4:53:12. Garmin-Barracuda’s Hunter and GreenEdge’s Impey finished with the same time after a crash caused chaos just 150m before the finish.
After two stages Hunter is 14th on the General Classification, 28sec adrift of leader Taylor Phinney of the US while Impey is in 43rd, 43sec back.