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After great year’s racing, Reinardt’s on the road again

In-form Reinardt Janse van Rensburg’s last local race for the year will be Sunday’s Momentum 94.7 in Gauteng, writes Mark Etheridge.

It will also be his last race for the MTN-Qhubeka outfit, a team that he has represented with pride for the last few years and a team that has been given huge exposure by the Pretoria rider’s exploits on the roads around the globe.

He’ll now be donning the colors of the UCI Professional Continental Argos-Shimano team.

Now 23 years old, Janse van Rensburg’s first big international win came late in 2011 when won the second stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia. This year has been stellar though as he ended up on the race podium on no less than 26 occasions.

On local soil he ended second in the SA road championships in Nelspruit and then won the time trial event at the same championships. He also won the prestigious Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town.

On the European tour, the accolades came thick and thin. After winning the Tour de Maroc in Morocco, the Tour de Bretagne was also reason to celebrate, followed by the Ronde Van Overijssel, Cuircuit de Wallonie and Tour de Gironde.

Janse van Rensburg’s name was also in the hat to represent Team South Africa at the 2012 Olympics in London, along with Robbie Hunter and Daryl Impey, the last named getting the nod in the end.

His most recent win was Jacaranda Satellite Classic in Pretoria. After the Momentum 94.7 it will be the African Continental Championships in Burkina Faso that will be raced next week.

Speaking on his choice of Argos-Shimano as a team, Janse van Rensburg told Road to Rio 2016: “I think the team is one of the best in development and is nurturing young talents. It’s exciting as their leaders are young, and it’s a team that will grow in the next few years, thus making it a good fit for me.
“It’s a team that seem to love what they are doing and it looks like a fun environment around the team.”

In the light of the recent doping revelations centered on Lance Armstrong and many other top international riders, Janse van Rensburg also had other factors to take into consideration.

“Image was also important. It’s a new fresh team and with a good clean image in world cycling. They are seriously anti-doping… I like that.

“Also at Argos-Shimano I’ll have the opportunity to learn from two of the world’s best in John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel, and also to take on a leadership role in the smaller events when I am ready.”

At this stage he’s still not sure when his first race in the new colours will be. “I don’t know when my first race will be. They are still working out calendars for all of the riders.”