CYCLING / Janse Van RENSBURG: riding with panache
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg rode with panache to win the 25th edition of the Moroccan cycling tour. Winner of five laps, he is only the second South African to win the race after Jeremy Marteens in 2006. The victory was not an easy one as the Virginia Free State native proved to be impressingly regular during the tend ays of the competition. He started with a bang during the first lap between Tanger and Tetouan where he ran 136km in an average of 39.88 kilometres per hour. This sent a warning signal to his Ukranian, Erythrean and Moroccan counterparts amongst whom was defending champion Mouhssine Lahsaini. In a strong lead of 38 seconds, the MTN Qhubeka cyclist had the capacity to manage and counter attack his opponents thanks to a solid team. When he is not at the forefront of some of the laps ( 2nd, 3rd and 4th), his team mates are always there.Arran Brown was at the forefront during the second lap won by Morocco’s Tarik Chaoufi before winning two successive laps Fès-Kenitra and Kenifra – Midelt ahead of his leader.
Then to show that the duo is really solid and compact, the rejuvinated in Errachideia then at the finish point of the Tinghir lap. But to remind his opponents that he is on the rise, Janse Vans Rensburg took the bull by the horns and crossed the finish line after two impressive sprints. This gave more to worry for his opponents Mouhissine Lahssaini, Adil Djelloul, (Morocco),
Ivailo Gabrovski (Bulgaria), Meran Russan (Erythrea, MTN Qhubeba) and even Abdelbassat Hannachi (Algeria). For once, Van Rensburg seemed to have made the break. During the seventh lap between Tinghir and Ourzazate, he allowed Morocco’s Tarik Chaoufi to open a 5mins 35secs gap as he was relegated to the sixth position. A failure without great impact on the general standings given that his immediate rivals did not do better than him and that will be his “last weakness”. He finished the competition on the high with two lap victories. After leaving Tanger on March 23 with the yellow jersey, he arrived Casablanca on April 1st without dropping it even once on the way. It had been long since the Moroccan tour had not had an untouchable and complete winner like the South African. Moroccan champion Adil Jelloul could not make up for the 39 seconds lost during the first lap. That gives credit to the South African for showing character and his capacity of managing a slight lead on a 1500km distance. Thus the South African’ name has to be retained as this is his first victory in a big continental race. In 2010, he won a lap and finished third at the Rwandan cycling tour before finishing second at the little known Hainan tour in China. This success will certainly spur him in the coming years to chase more in lap races. That said, the MTN Qhubeka cyclist already has a befitting palmares. An against the clock specialist, he made a name on the continent by winning gold at the 2011 All African games. At just 23, he is certainly the future of South African cycling.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Born on 3 February 1989 in Virginia Free State, South Africa
against the clock
Professional team :
MTN Qhubeka, South Africa
South African International
Moroccan Tour : 2010 (6e).
2012 (1st and 5 lap wins).
All African Games: 2011 : ATC individual (1st); ATC teams
African Championships: 2009, 2010 and 2011 : ATC
individual (2nd); ATM teams (2nd),
South African Championships
ATC individual : 2012.