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Fast improving Reinardt proving himself on world stage

Our Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Argos-Shimano), the 2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle champion, is fast proving that he is able to hold his own against the world’s best cyclists and his mission continues this weekend.

A definite highlight for him was when he just lost to Mark Renshwaw (Blanco) in the Clasica de Almeria (Spain) in February. The Aussie, who gained fame as the lead-out man for Britain’s sprinting legend, Mark Cavendish, just managed to beat Janse van Rensburg in a sprint to the line.

Janse van Rensburg competed in the Tour of Belgium last week and finished seventh in the fourth stage. He ended 15th overall.

Starting on Sunday he’ll compete in the eight-day Criterium de Dauphine which, together with the Tour de Suisse, is an important race in the lead-up to the Tour de France in July.┬á It is part of the UCI World Ranking calendar and will undoubtedly be the South African’s biggest challenge so far.

Being the perfectionist that he is, Janse van Rensburg is slightly frustrated by the way his season has developed until now. ÔÇ£If I am quite honest with myself, I have to admit that the season has not been going well for me so far. My body battled to adapt to Europe’s cold weather, which meant that I was ill more often than I should have been. I also had some minor injuries that prevented me from performing at my best.

ÔÇ£As a South African, it also took me some time to adapt to the European team setup. But, on the other hand, I have learned much through racing with, and against, some of the best riders. It is now just a matter of putting into practice what I have learned.

ÔÇ£I am looking forward to the Criterium de Dauphine, because there are some hard stages that could finish in a sprint to the line, which ought to suit me.ÔÇØ

Janse van Rensburg said he chose to ride for the Argos-Shimano because he liked the freshness and the atmosphere of the team. ÔÇ£The team has also gained a reputation for developing young riders.ÔÇØ

In reply to a question about how he expects Janse van Rensburg’s career to develop, Adriaan Helmantel, Argos Shimano’s team coach, said in an interview with ProCycling that he views the South African as a strong and talented rider. ÔÇ£What impressed me about Reinardt’s victories last year was that he was able to win flat stages, hilly stages, time-trials, as well as one-day races.

ÔÇ£I don’t think we can expect him to win races in the high mountains but, if you look at him physically, he has a very strong body. I would compare him to Thor Hushovd. He may not be the fastest sprinter on earth, but he is one who can survive the difficult stages.

ÔÇ£I think at the moment he is a power sprinter, rather than a very fast sprinter. We are not looking at how we can make Reinardt the best sprinter in the world. We are trying to make him the best rider that is possible with his abilities.

ÔÇ£We have to work with him to figure out which way he should go.┬á Should he be a sprinter, should he rather focus on the Classic style races or should he concentrate on time-trials.

ÔÇ£But, at the moment, one of Reinardt’s main functions will be to help in the final lead-outs for the sprints to the line.