When Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN/Qhubeka) won the Willro100 Lions Cycle Challenge at Tarlton, North West of Johannesburg, on Sunday (17 April), he at long last opened his winning account as far as South African racing is concerned.
“It was about time for me to begin winning in South Africa again,” Janse van Rensburg said.
“My victory was only possible because Darryl Impey sacrificed himself to set me up for the victory.”
According to Janse van Rensburg the serious racing started approximately ten kilometers past Magaliesburg.
“The riders from Bonitas were beginning to increase the pace and they launched one attack after another. This led to a group of seven of us getting away.
“About three kilometers from the finish Daryl went to the front and made the pace so hard that it was almost impossible for any of the riders from the other teams to attack. In doing so Daryl gave me a free ride to the finish.
“I bided my time. With about 300 meters to go I decided that it was time for me to begin my final assault to the line.”
Janse van Rensburg managed to outsprint Calvin Beneke (ASG) and JC Nel (Asics) who finished second and third respectively.
Afterwards he was full of praise for the two youngsters.
“It is encouraging to see that young riders are beginning to make their presence felt in pro-elite races.
“And Nic White just continues to impress me. He is supposed to be on pension as a pro-cyclist, but there is just no stopping him. When the serious racing started, he was up there and in the break that counted.”
When asked when the MTN/Qhubeka team was going to race in South Africa again, Janse van Rensburg replied: “We may do the Tour Durban but Doug Ryder will make an announcement regarding this shortly.”
“Our next major race will be the tour in Iran in May. It will be a tough tour, especially because a team may only consist of five riders. One of the hardest stages will be the team time trial over 50 kilometers. We as South Africans are not used to that type of racing.”
At the end of the month 10 members of MTN Qhubeka will also be participating in the MTN Panorama Tour in the Mpumalanga Lowveld.