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Reinardt’s best win yet
- Updated: June 10, 2012
By Mark Etheridge
Rising SA road cycle star Reinardt Janse van Rensburg raced to the biggest win of his already impressive career by winning the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports race in Europe on Saturday.
It was the last race of MTN-Qhebeka’s European tour and the young Pretoria rider certainly saved his best for last in this 205-kilometre UCI 1.1 event.
Janse van Rensburg now has no less than 12 UCI victories under his belt in 2012 alone. He was also very much in the ranking to make the SA team for this year’s Olympics in London but Daryl Impey got the nod. Still, at 22, Janse van Rensburg’s star will sine still brighter on world cycling’s biggest stage.
His 12th win means he has the most wins on the world circuit, one ahead of Andre Greipel.
The South African outsprinted Team Rabokan ace Lars Boom and Gijs van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen Mercator) to take the win.
Said Janse van Rensburg afterwards: ” I am so happy with my victory yesterday. Its by far the most prestigous win of my career. It was an incredible hard race with super strong winds all day. The race was in pieces throughout.
“At the end I was with a three-man break a few seconds ahead of another five guys. I had Lars Boom for company, who has been an example for me a few years now, a very strong rider, but I knew that I could beat him in the sprint,” the man known as “The Beast” told Road to London 2012.
“Now I can end the first part of the season on a high. We return to SA on Monday and will be back in Europe by mid-August for another stint.”
Said MTN team principle and manager on the day, Douglas Ryder: ÔÇ£The wind was incredibly strong from the start, Rabobank had a super team at the race as did Vaconsoleil DCM and Farnese Vini. With riders like Mark Renshaw, Lars Boom, Graeme Brown (all Team Rabobank), Romain Feillu, Kenny van Hummel (Vaconsoleil DCM), Luca Ascani and Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini) we knew the race would split from the start and positioning was everything.
“Reinardt was incredible and sat the orange Rabobank led peloton in the first 30km’s as the race disintegrated behind. Tsgabu Grmay (Team MTN-Qhubeka) stayed a long time in the second group but with the bunch speeding along in the cross winds at 80km/h he struggled.ÔÇØ
On the first of the final three finishing circuits the three chasers caught Luca Ascani (Farnese Vini) who had gone clear at 30km. Reinardt attacked and only Boom and Van Hoecke could respond as Ascani started to pay for his earlier effort.
In the chasing bunch Mark Renshaw attacked and attempted to bridge to the three leaders but could not get across as Janse van Rensburg used his South African Time Trial champion pedigree to keep the tempo up. Renshaw was absorbed by what was left of the breakaway as the three leaders extended their advantage to 30sec.
The leading trio kept the pressure on until the final kilometre, when Janse van Rensburg started the sprint and crossed the finish line six or seven lengths clear of Boom.