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Reinardt hangs in

Second stage winner Reinardt Janse van Rensburg held his ground in Friday’s third stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia, writes Mark Etheridge.

Instead it was MTN-Qhubeka team-mate Dylan Girdlestone who put his hand up for the South African cycling contingent.

He may have only ended 82nd in the 172.6-kilometre stage between Geelong and Drysdale but he was right up there at the pit-face for much of the stage, making the seasoned professionals sweat for their bread.

“Today was a great day for Dylan” said Janse Van Rensburg. “He went into a four-man break after 15km and they got up to a six-minute gap. Dylan was reeled in with seven kays to go but they put up quite a fight to stay clear. There were no changes to the GC (General Classification) but I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I have a golden opportunity to make a big name and I’m going to give it my best shot,” said the Pretoria sprinter.

Friday’s stage was won by German pro Marcel Kittel of the Skil-Shimano team in 4hr 16min 16sec. Janse van Rensburg (13th), Arran Brown (19th) and Dennis van Niekerk (30th) were all credited with the same time.

The other MTN-Qhubeka riders were 74th (Bradley Potgieter), Girdlestone and Loto Petrus (86th). Janse van Rensburg is still fourth in the GC, 22sec down on Aussie Rhys Pollock and second in the Young Rider’s Classification (just seven seconds behind Australia’s Nathan Haas). Next best South African on the GC is Brown in 23rd (10.36 back). In the team stakes MTN-Qhubeka are sixth, 2:31 off the pace.

Saturday’s penultimate stage is a 131.6km ride from Sorrento to Arthurs Seat.

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