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Reinardt fifth on GC
- Updated: May 18, 2012
By Mark Etheridge
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg is the top South African after day two of the Fl├¿che du Sud cycle race in Luxembourg on Thursday.
The young Pretoria rider ended 33rd on the stage, a 171-kilometre ride from Schifflange to Roeser, in this UCI 2.2 ranked race.
After finishing third in the first stage (81km) on Wednesday, the MTN-Qhubeka rider ended 33rd as Luxembourg’s Floris Goesinnen of the Drapac Cycling Team won in 4hr 06min 04sec.
Janse van Rensburg ended the day 47sec adrift of Goesinnen, with the first South African rider being Julius Jayde of the Bianchi-Lotto-Nieuwe Hoop Tielen team in 25th spotÔÇª the same time as Janse van Rensburg.
Dennis van Niekerk was the second MTN-Qhubeka rider in 58th spot overall.
The General Classification (GC) standings see Janse van Rensburg in fifth spot just 11sec down on first stage winner Andre Steensen of Denmark (Glud & Marstrand team).
Commenting after Thursday’s stage Janse van Rensburg, a contender for a spot on Team South Africa for the 2012 Olympics, said: “Hard stage 2. Team did a great job keeping the 8-man break under control. Too many teams looking at others to do everything.”
Third stage on Friday is a 154km ride from Tandel to Wiltz. “Crunchday at Fleche du Sud. Finish is up a wall we do three times today,” said the 23-year-old.