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Janse van Rensburg registers first win as a pro cyclist

Reigning All Africa Games time trial champion Reinardt Janse van Rensburg won his first race in the colours of Argos-Shimano this week when he won the Binche-Chima-Binche event in Belgium, writes Mark Etheridge.

Formerly riding for MTN-Qhubeka, the Pretoria athlete moved up to the WorldTour with his new team this year.

Also known as the M├®morial Frank Vandenbroucke, the race was contested over a distance of 187.6 kilometres. Competitors took on a 20km ride from Binche to Chimay and back and then fought it out over five local laps of 16km which included a cobbled section as well as an uphill run to the line.

Cycling website www.cyclingnews.com reports that Janse van Rensburg beat Vacansoleil-DCM’s Bj├Ârn Leukemans and Greg van Avermaet of BMC to the title. ÔÇ£This course suited me. I believed I could win and I am really happy I succeeded,” said the winner.

In 2013, Janse van Rensburg was the fourth most successful riders on the year’s victory ranking after Andr├® Greipel with 19, Peter Sagan with 16 and Mark Cavendish with 15 wins. The South African won 14 races with the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports, a UCI 1.1 race, as his biggest victory. He also won the national time trial title in South Africa.

ÔÇ£This was my first victory as a professional,ÔÇØ Janse van Rensburg said after his latest victory. ÔÇ£I won a lot last year but this is my breakthrough victory. It’s a little bit late in the season but I am really happy it came in the end.ÔÇØ

The race around the city of Binche started with a five-man breakaway with Bertjan Lindeman of Vacansoleil-DCM, Katusha’s Maxim Belkov, Cofidis’ Nico Sijmens, Thomas Degand of Accent Jobs-Wanty and local rider Tom Dernies of Wallonie Bruxelles. They gained a substantial gap but were reeled in at 40km from the line. In the remaining three local laps with a difficult cobbled section in the last kilometre lots of attacks followed but none of the groups gathered a lead of over 30 seconds.

In the last 16km lap Greg van Avermaet attacked 2km from the line. He gained a few metres on the cobbles but soon found Bj├Ârn Leukemans and Janse van Rensburg on his wheel. The fast South African, who is an excellent time triallst and sprinter, overtook the Belgian duo to cross the line solo.

ÔÇ£It was a very hectic final with so many attacks. It meant I had to be lucky if it came down to a sprint. I have felt pretty good since I finished the Vuelta and decided to go early. It was a bit of a gamble. The legs really hurt in the last 150m. When I started here today I really felt I could win the race. I arrived here this morning and felt it was possible. I am really, really happy with this victory,ÔÇØ Janse van Rensburg concluded.