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- Updated: May 8, 2012
By Mark Etheridge
After the rollercoaster ride of success he’s been riding in Europe this year, Reinardt van Rensburg finally has time to relinquish the saddle and put his feet up and rest.
That’s because the MTN-Qhubeka outfit are currently on a well-earned break and only need to get racing again next Wednesday when they tackle the five-day Fluche du Sud in Luxembourg.
The Pretoria youngster has had unprecedented success in Europe this year. Last year he had already nabbed the All Africa Games time trial title, won a stage of the Herald Sun Tour in Australia and ended second in the GC in China’s Tour of Hainan. This year on local soil his biggest win was the individual time trial win at national road championships in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga and then the Argus Pick n Pay cycle tour in Cape Town
After winning the Tour du Maroc in Morocco he headed for Europe with the team and his success includes narrowly missing the podium of the Arno Wallaard Memorial in Belgium, winning both a stage and the overall title of the Tour de Bretagne and then victory in the Ronde┬ávan Overijjsel and Circuit de Wallonie, the last two victories coming in the space of a weekend.
Van Rensburg, just 23, was struggling to come to terms with what he’s achieved in such a short period of time. “Unbelievable is all I can say. I’ve surpassed my very own high expectations by a long shot. If you said to me I would win Tour de Bretagne in France, Ronde van Overijjsel in Holland and finally Circuit de Wallonie, in one week, I would have laughed at the idea.
“But I guess everything is clicking; the training, the nutrition, support, routine, body and mind. And obviously I have had luck on my side as well.
“The team just keeps improving, thinking of the next level all the time. We have some experienced staff on the team helping us to improve and ensure that everything is in order as well. The riders also have a hunger to get better. They did a real good job on Saturday defending my yellow jersey.
“Now we have some time to reflect and relax before we hit our final block of races, Fleche du Sud (Luxembourg), Tour de Gironde (France) and then finally a UCI 1.1race in Holland, the Delta Zeeland.”