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  1. The Maritime Alps characterise the hinterland of Nice and the first climb of the day awaited the peloton only a few kilometres into the race. Our Algerian fast man Youcef Reguigui had to call it quits on the early slopes of the Côte de Gattièrres due to a knee injury he sustained a few days ago. Luck didn’t pick up for our African team with Jacques Janse van Rensburg crashing hard on the descent of this very climb. The South African finished the race, yet was out of contention for the later stages of the race. Over the following kilometres a group of 8 riders managed to go clear. Led be Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) the group built up a lead of around a minute with the Canadian biding his time again with around 30 kilometers to go to move into the KOM lead. In the peloton Tinkoff controlled the pace for Alberto Contador who finally came to the fore on the last climb. All riders of the former break were reeled back in, when the overall contenders put their cards on the table. After a few attacks by the Spaniard it was Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) who took the win. Geraint Thomas (Sky) denied Contador the second place, earning the yellow jersey of the race leader. Serge Pauwels was the best place finisher for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka on this tough day. He managed to stay with the favourites until the final climb but couldn’t match their pace in the end. We had had hoped for a good race for Serge and Jacques today. However, after the crash we had to change our plans. Jacques was in pain all stage long, but fought to the end. Serge tried to stay with the favourites, but it was a hard task being on his own for most of the race on such a demanding day. Tomorrow this Paris-Nice comes to a close and we hope for more luck then. Alex Sans Vega – Sports Director
  2. Stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana presented an interesting course with a pan flat run of 178km into a savage 3km climb that had an average gradient of 13%. The day was one which suited the breakaway, just as it did in 2014 when we raced to the same finish line during our African Team's debut grand tour. Jacques Janse van Rensburg was motivated to make the break of the day and our South African did just that. Janse van Rensburg joined 10 other riders in the escape and on sweltering hot day, they continually opened up the gap over the peloton. As the finishing climb approached, the gap peaked at 10 minutes for Janse van Rensburg's breakaway and it was certain they would decide the stage. The attacks started from the break with 9km to go and as Katusha had two riders in the break, they had the upper hand when Jhonatan Restrepo got a gap on the rest of the break. Lagutin was able to sit in and save his legs while Janse van Rensburg had to take responsibility to ensure the attackers were brought back before the climb. Restrepo reached the climb first but the fresher legs behind soon caught and passed him. Janse van Rensburg was digging as deep as he could but the climb was savage and unrelenting. Lugutin waited until the final 200m to launch his decisive attack and won the stage. Janse van Resnburg came home in an impressive 6th place after a very difficult climb. The rest our African Team riders all made it home safely and the good news is that Igor Anton is starting to feel a fair bit better after three days of suffering with stomach pain. I was focused on getting into the break today as we knew there was going to be two races on today. The race for the stage and the race for the GC guys. It was already a good job getting into the move. I felt good all day and was really focusing on doing everything right to give myself and the team the best chance at a stage win. In the end I missed a lot of power and ended 6th after giving my best. I am happy with the end result and am happy knowing that I can be even better. Jacques Janse van Rensburg - Rider
  3. Both Janse van Rensburg and Venter had backgrounds in mountain biking before joining the professional road circuit in 2012, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to shift focus back to mountain biking at the end of their international road careers. Testament to the calibre of these athletes, First Move Sport is hugely excited and proud to partner with some of the leading brands in cycling that share the same vision and objectives. Trek South Africa has been on board from the onset and has proven a phenomenal partner and resource. The company’s support has been unwavering, and the team is well poised for 2020 with world-class bikes and equipment. Frank Oliveira, Country Manager for Trek Bicycle Corporation, explains “At Trek, we build only products we love, provide incredible hospitality to our customers, and change the world by getting more people on bikes. We are excited to partner with Jacques and Jaco as they take on this new journey in their careers. We will offer them world-class bikes and accessories to take on the best races South Africa has to offer. Their work with Qhubeka not only exemplifies their commitment to getting more people on bikes but also showcases their humble nature. Simply put, they are Trek people and we welcome them to be part of the Trek story.” The go-to bike for the 2020 season will be the recently released Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 AXS trimmed with all the best Bontrager equipment available. Janse van Rensburg and Venter will also have the Madone SLR 7 Disc and Emonda SLR 7 Disc in their arsenal for select road races during the season. With many hours being spent on the bike each season, quality cycling kit is a necessity. The decision to partner with Ciovita was an obvious choice with their focus on pushing the boundaries of comfort and performance. “We are thrilled to have riders as globally experienced as Jacques and Jaco in our performance cycling apparel. We pride ourselves in creating cycling kit that stands up to the challenges of local and international races; something that can only be achieved through continuous research and refinement. Both Jacques and Jaco’s feedback on our kit will be incredibly valuable to our on-going mission of creating kit that performs with every pedal stroke. They will be racing and training predominantly in our Supremo and range-topping Apex Series gear, and we are excited to follow their careers as they test their limits, and ours, against the best in the business” said Freddie Enslin. Qhubeka Charity has always been an exceptional cause for both riders, and one that has featured throughout their professional careers. The global non-profit based in South Africa works to help people and communities move forward with bicycles. Both athletes share Qhubeka’s belief that bicycles change lives and are proud to continue their association with, and be ambassadors for Qhubeka. They will now continue their support in the professional mountain biking space. “We have watched and cheered as Jacques and Jaco took on races at the highest levels of road cycling, and will be proud to support them as they make their mark in mountain biking. We appreciate their continued support of Qhubeka, and believe that together we can keep changing more lives with bicycles.” commented Anthony Fitzhenry, Founder of Qhubeka. The first race for the pair will be the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge, taking place over 121km from Oudtshoorn to Groot Brak in the Western Cape. The race is widely regarded as South Africa’s toughest one-day mountain bike race, and “The Hell of the South.” Having raced “The Hell of the North” (also known as Paris-Roubaix), Venter had this to say “Paris Roubaix is the toughest one-day race in the world and a race that I will never forget. Riders consistently fighting for position at the start of each cobble section, and then hoping to avoid crashes in front of you through the dust. The race is very hard on your body and your equipment, and it’s a race of survival for many of us.” “From the Attakwas war stories I’ve heard over the years, there are many similarities to Paris Roubaix. Good position in the important sections, reliable equipment and having enough left at the finish will be the determining factors on Saturday” added Venter. Janse van Rensburg added “Having raced Attakwas and The Absa Cape Epic before, I know how hard mountain biking is on the body. My pre-season training has all been on the mountain bike, and in search of the roughest trails I can find.” “Jaco and I have raced consistently at the highest level possible for many years, and we’re hoping to continue in the mountain biking space. We have and will always be committed to racing, and being passionate ambassadors for all the brands that support us,” concluded Janse van Rensburg. JACQUES JANSE VAN RENSBURG 6 Grand Tours 105 Grand Tour Stages 76,520km raced as a Professional 267km Longest Race 5th most capped South African 8 World Tour Monuments 2015 South African National Road Race Champ JACO VENTER 7 Grand Tours 147 Grand Tour stages 85,978km raced as a Professional 293km Longest race 4th most capped South African 10 World Tour Monuments 2016 South African National Road Race Champ
  4. With just over two weeks away, excitement is building in KwaZulu-Natal as the province prepares to host the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships from 10-14 February, with some of the biggest names in national cycling – like Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Louis Meintjes – anticipating South Africa’s blue ribbon event. Click here to view the article
  5. Returning to defend his 2015 SA National Road Champion title, Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka) is prepared and ready for the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in KwaZulu-Natal from 10-14 February. Photo: Craig Dutton Returning to defend his 2015 National Road Champion title, Janse van Rensburg, hopes to keep the 2016 Jersey in close reach. “I will definitely be giving my best to defend the jersey. As long as the jersey stays in the team we will be very happy,” he said. The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider has a number of goals set with his team this year. “We have big goals for the 2016 season. Being on UCI WorldTour level, we will be participating in all three Grand Tours this season and the Tour de France is our main goal once again, with a stage win, and yellow jersey for a day or two in mind. And also, to finish in the top 15 teams in the world this year,” he added. After a sensational 2015 season, Janse van Rensburg is positive about the year ahead and has learnt a great deal about himself on the bicycle. “I definitely know I have what it takes to be with some of the best riders in the world in the mountain stages after the Tour de France,” he said. Also honing in on the action is U23 Road World Championship silver medallist and 2014 SA National Road Champion, Louis Meintjes. 2014 SA National Road Champion Louis Meintjes (front), who now rides for Team Lampre-Merida, is excited to see what lies ahead at the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in KwaZulu-Natal from 10-14 February. Photo: Craig Dutton The 23-year-old South African road cycling superstar, who has signed with Italian team Lampre-Merida, has developed tremendously over the past year, especially after being part of Tour de France wildcard team, Team MTN-Qhubeka. “I really feel I gained a lot of racing experience in 2015. By doing two Grand Tours in 2015 I really learned to push my body to a new level, so hopefully it all comes in good use in 2016.”While Meintjes expressed the desire to take the 2016 National Title, he also recognised the hard work that his peers have been putting in to prepare for the event. “It is always special to race back home and of course I would love to win the National Champs. But it looks like a lot of the other guys that are coming to race at Nationals already have very good form, so it will definitely be a tough race,” he said. Although kicking off the 2016 season with a new team, Meintjes is content and happy with the team dynamics. “It always takes some time to get used to all the new equipment and new people you work with. But I have started my season quite early at Tour Down Under and it feels like I have already integrated well into the new team. So far it feels like a very good ‘environment’ to work in, and as I get to know everyone more it should just get better,” he said. The 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships take place in KwaZulu-Natal from 10-14 February. All riders wishing to take part must hold a Full Racing Licence, for riders from the age of 17-years-old wishing to be eligible for provincial and national selection and championship. Two great venues will play host to the event, with the Time Trial and Para-cycling division being held in the Wartburg/ Noodsburg/ Harburg area from 10-11 February, and the Road Races taking place in Westville/ Durban from 13-14 February. For information about exquisite accommodation venues, please visit the Cycling SA Website. Online pre-entries are open, and close on Monday 1 February 2016 at midnight. Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/. For event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-road-champs/, or contact Kelvin du Sart on kzncycling@iafrica.com 082 446 9833, or Michelle Matthews on matthewsmichelle68@gmail.com 084 407 5566.
  6. The 4th stage of the Tour of Denmark came down to the expected bunch sprint with Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) taking the win. Edvald Boasson Hagen was challenging for the victory but had to settle for 2nd place today. Click here to view the article
  7. As there are two stages today, the morning stage was only a short 116km race. The pace was fast and furious though, as it usually is on these short stages. The main break of the day was comprised of 13 riders and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung did well to place both Kristian Sbaragli and Theo Bos in the move. The leaders weren't allowed much freedom at all though as Roompot and Bardiani missed the moved and hoped to bring the race to a mass sprint. The two Pro-Continental teams were successful in their quest, even though there were a few late skirmishes after the break was caught. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung prepared the sprint for Edvald and our African team were in good shape heading under the 3km to go sign. It was pretty much a Tinkoff vs MTN-Qhubeka race leading into the sprint with the Russian team able to just nudge ahead, taking the win with Breschel. Edvald was a solid 2nd while Magnus Cort Nielsen (Denmark) ran 3rd. There was some unfortunate news for our team today when Jacques Janse van Rensburg had to abandon the race mid-stage after crashing out. It was later discovered that our South African champion had in fact broken his collarbone. The team were really good once again and all the boys were very strong. They raced positively and always at the front before doing a good leadout for Edvald at the end. Breschel was just faster in that sprint and Eddy would come 2nd. It is sad that we lost Jacques today and we hope his recovery is a quick one. Michel Cornelisse - Sport Director Jacques was unlucky enough to crash out of the stage today. He fell hard onto his left shoulder. Unfortunately, x-rays have revealed that Jacques has suffered a clavicle fracture. It is likely that he will require surgery on the shoulder. Dr Jarrad van Zuydam - Team Doctor
  8. The 185km stage which started and finished in Vejle included numerous short sharp climbs throughout the day. Jacques Janse van Rensburg took the stage head on by jumping into the 6 rider break of the day. The peloton allowed the gap to grow to just under 6 minutes before starting the chase. Astana and Tinkoff did much of the pace making which resulted in Jacques group getting caught with 30km to go. Not content to give in just yet, our South African champ attacked again with Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo). The duo built up a 25” lead before the favourites started firing from the peloton, which was already a very reduced group. With 17km to go the break was caught and the next move that went proved to be decisive. 9 riders went clear including our German, Gerald. Initially the group worked well to build up a small lead before they began attacking each other with around 8km to go. In the end, they came back together just under the 1km to go banner and Breschel used his experience to beat Rasmus Guldhammer (Cult Energy) and Alexander Kamp (ColoQuick) to the line. It was a tough race today with many short, hard climbs in the final. Tinkoff-Saxo made the move about 50km before the finish, forming a group of 20 riders. Edvald and I decided that we both needed to try follow the moves. I joined a breakaway of 9 riders and I was feeling good until the last corner where I didn’t really have the legs to speed up again. It was a hard race though and so my performance has made me confident for my upcoming tasks. Gerald Ciolek – Rider
  9. The 3rd stage of the Tour of Demark was termed the queen stage and Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) would be the rider to take the victory. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were active once again with Jacques Janse van Rensburg in the breakaway and Gerald Ciolek 6th on the stage. Click here to view the article
  10. Following on from the ground breaking achievements of national cycling hero, Robbie Hunter who became the first South African rider to participate in the Tour de France in 2001, the 2015 edition of the Tour de France will see a good representation of South African riders. Click here to view the article
  11. Cycling South Africa is very proud of the selection of Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Louis Meintjes and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (all MTN Qhubeka) on their selection for the Tour. Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), the first South African to wear the coveted yellow jersey in 2013, will be one of the SA riders participating in the 2015 Tour de France. Photo Graham Watson Cycling SA President, William Newman, said: “I would like to congratulate all these riders on their selection to participate in the most prestigious event in World cycling. They have worked exceptionally hard and have been rewarded for their efforts. We can assure them that the whole nation will be behind them as they tackle this gruelling race. I also congratulate Douglas Ryder and his team for pursuing a dream, which they have now achieved and are making South Africa proud.” The Tour de France has been one of firsts for South Africa, with Robbie Hunter being the first South African to win a stage at the prestigious event in 2007 followed by Daryl Impey showing his class by being the first South African to wear the coveted yellow jersey in 2013. Another talented South African to compete in the gruelling event was John-Lee Augustyn, in 2008. They have paved the way for our young riders now to come on board and show what they are capable of. This year we enjoy another first with Team MTN-Qhubeka being the first South African and African team to participate in the Tour. We wish the riders well as they rollout from Utrecht on 4 July 2015 and we will follow their progress all the way to Paris.
  12. It started with a really good off season and base training in November and December in South Africa. I really like training in South Africa and the weather that time of the year and most of the rest of the year is really good. I managed to do around 3000km in December at an altitude of around 1600m. Mostly just endurance rides from 4 to 5 hours but this year I also added a lot of 20min efforts into those rides at least 3 to 4 days week. We had a good training camp in Mallorca in January. Although the weather wasn’t the best we managed to do around 3000km in January as well. I was feeling really good after 2 and a half months of solid training and preparation for the 2015 season and it showed in my first race of the year. We managed to win the second day of the Mallorca challenge with Steve Cummings and I was there on a hilly course right to the end. I was able to do a really good attack with 3km to go to set up a perfect time for Steve to put in a superb effort after me to win the race with Valverde in second. I then went on to win the SA National road title by breaking away just 1 kilometer into the race. I’m really proud to have achieved this and to be wearing the National jersey in Europe and all over the world this year. The national jersey has given me the confidence and ability to step up a little bit more and I’m focused on getting really good results in Tours and specific one day races that suit me. In Tour of Oman I got the biggest result of my career thus far ending 5th overall against big GC names like Valverde and Van Gaarderen and it has really changed my way of thinking when going into big races. My next big races were the Ardennes classics with Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallone, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and then the Tour of California. I managed to have good results and build really nice in those races. I’m really happy with my program this year and I am able to focus and prepare for all my goals in a real good manner. The season has been really good and looking forward, there is still so much to come with the Tour de France being my ultimate goal and the reason I started cycling.
  13. The first part of my 2015 season has been a big success for me and has given me the confidence to look forward to the rest of the season with high hopes. Click here to view the article
  14. Jacques Janse van Rensburg put on a strong display of riding at the opening Circuit la Sarthe stage, getting into the break of the day and mopping up all the GPM points on offer. In a nail biting finish, the South African champion fought bravely to only be caught a few hundred meters before the line. The stage victory would go to Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). Click here to view the article
  15. Jacques got into the break as early as the 5th kilometer today with Romain Lemarchand (Cult Energy) and Carlos Ramirez (Colombia) and the trio forced out an early lead of just over 11 minutes. The substantial gap gave the breakaway riders some hope of making it to the finish and they would push the peloton deep into the stage. So deep in fact that with a 2km to go Jacques and Lemarchand still had 18" on the peloton. It was only due to a concerted chase by a numerous number of teams that would result in the catch. The trio worked well for the majority of the stage and had us all on the edge of our seats as with 27km to go their gap was sitting at 3'35". Cannondale-Garmin, Movistar, FDJ.fr and Cofidis all had to send workers to the front of the peloton in the high speed chase. Ramirez stopped helping to drive the break with more than 20km to go, eventually he lost contact with 3km to go and it was only just inside of 1km to go that the remaining duo were caught. A mass bunch sprint followed with Bouhanni winning, Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin) 2nd and Raymond Kreder (Roompot) 3rd. It was not all heartbreak for the South African champ though as Jacques pulled on the King of the Mountains jersey for his efforts and the 6 seconds time bonus he won makes sure he sits in the top 5 overall. It was really nice to be in the break again and I came really close to the win today. It is a bit disappointing to miss out on the stage but at the same time I'm happy to wear the climbers jersey tomorrow and I'm also relieved that I'm feeling better after a week off the bike due to flu. Jacques Janse van Rensburg - Rider What a drama filled stage. Jacques rode incredibly well today. He was in the lead for 185km, won all 3 GPM's and 6 seconds in time bonus. He was in a break of 3 and the Columbian rider they were with couldn't pull for the final 30km. The peloton eventually caught Jacques and Lemarchand just after the 1km banner. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  16. The Circuit Cycliste Sarthe is a UCI 2.1 4 day, 5 stage cycle race in France. The race starts on Tuesday 7 April and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are happy to be starting this French stage race, our first tour on French soil this year. Click here to view the article
  17. Riders will take on 4 road stages and 1 time trial stage over the 4 days. Wednesday will see the running of the two half stages with a short 84km road race in the morning before the 6.8km TT in the afternoon. There are no real big mountains to speak of during the race but all stages could be termed as lumpy or undulating with a number of short climbs. Stage 3 is the only stage to finish with somewhat of a climb to the line but it can hardly be called a summit finish. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will line-up with a good climbing team, hoping to make the best of what the race has to offer. With Steve Cummings in the line-up, another good GC result is a possibility. The race only allows for 6 rider teams though, making proceedings unpredictable and hard to control. Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Louis Meintjes, Johann van Zyl, Merhawi Kudus and Natnael Berhane will complete our 6 rider roster. I feel good for la Sarthe and I think we have a strong team here once again. It's almost the same team as Coppi e Bartali so the morale of the riders here is really high. Though the course is not as suitable as Coppi, we will definitely think of something to do so that we can get the best possible result. It's also nice to race in France ahead of the Tour and this will only be my second race here in 3 years so I'm really looking forward to it. Jacques Janse van Rensburg - Rider It looks like we have some good weather forecast for Circuit la Sarthe. With so much racing going on at the moment already, the bunch won’t be too big either. My legs are feeling pretty good so hopefully we can have some good luck again this week. Louis Meintjes - Rider
  18. The Tour of Oman reached its conclusion today after the 6th and final stage. The final 133.5km challenge saw the early escape of the day decide the stage with Matthias Brändle out-sprinting his breakaway companions. Iljo Keisse (Etixx Quickstep) was 2nd and Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Topsport Vlaanderen) 3rd. The peloton came home just over a minute later in the sprint for 5th. Click here to view the article
  19. Safely in the main peloton were Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Louis Meintjes for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. This would mean that Jacques would hold on to his 5th place overall on the general classification and Louis Meintjes would secure 6th place as well as the white young rider jersey. After winning the races queen stage up Green Mountain, Rafael Valls (Lampre-Merida) won the race overall with Tejay van Gaarderen (BMC Racing) 2nd and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 3rd. With just 1'06" separating Louis from the top step, it shows how incredibly well both he and Jacques performed this week to be right up there in top quality field. It was a great team effort that allowed Jacques and Louis to secure our first 2 top 10 GC placings and our first jersey of the year. The lead up to the start of the Green Mountain was vital and the whole Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung squad rallied around the two South African's to provide them with the best position possible, better than most World Tour teams to be fair. All the riders will take much confidence from this performance as they look to their next objectives now. I am really happy to win the white jersey. I think it's a good start to the season. The team was really awesome and we worked well together this week. Winning the white jersey has been a really good start, I just hope the momentum can continue now into the rest of the season. Louis Meintjes - Rider To be 5th and 6th on GC is a fantastic result for our team. I am really, really proud of the boys. To be part of the awards ceremony at such a prestigious race, winning the best young rider is fantastic. If you look at our results for the season so far and then you think it is only February, wow, it has been a great start to the year for us. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  20. The 2nd stage of the Tour of Oman saw some late excitement with a short climb in the final 10km's of the stage providing a platform for some attacking riding. The early 4 man escape of the day stood no chance as multiple teams had an interest in the stage finale today, including Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. It was the African team who started the fireworks on the races final climb when Louis Meintjes attacked with Julien Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing). The pair were only able to build up a slight lead as the climb was rather short. In the plummet to the line the duo were reeled in by a select group of 16 chasers. Jacques Janse van Rensburg was also present in this front group. In the small group sprint finish Jacques would cross the line in 12th place and Louis in 16th. This is a solid result for our 2 African climbers, not losing any time to the races main contenders and even gaining a few seconds on the rest of the field. Today we had a superb ride from Louis and Jacques, both riders were in the first group. Louis attacked in the final climb with Arredondo and they had a small gap of maybe 10 seconds. With about 5 or 6km to go they were both caught but we still both our guys finish in the first group. For such a high profile race this is a really good start for our team. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  21. For Daryl Impey it was a case of being the perennial runner-up and the recent SA Time Trial Champion was a little disappointed by the tactics taken by the peloton however he was still satisfied with his second place finish as he looks towards the international season. It was a first Elite national championship title for Janse van Rensburg but with a debut in the Tour de France later in the year for Team MTN-Qhubeka knew the importance of keeping the national jersey amongst them. Having won both the junior and Under 23 SA National Road Championship crown Team MTN-Qhubeka 's Jacques Janse van Rensburg added the Elite Men's Road Race title to his list of achievements on day five of the 2015 Pennypinchers South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships. // Photo credit: craigdutton.com “It is such a great feeling to win the elite title!” an elated Janse van Rensburg said. “After Louis (Meintjes) won it last year and with our Tour de France entry we really wanted to keep it amongst the team and I am glad that we managed to do that.” Having claimed both the junior and the Under-23 national titles Janse van Rensburg was glad to add the elite title to his cabinet and felt like he rode a technically and tactically sound race that unfolded like he would have wanted it to. “Our tactic was to get a guy in the early break and that was me which meant that I was able to keep with the group of six at the front. “By the sixth lap I knew that we were going to be able to keep clear of the group and with two laps to go I really felt good and I knew that I had to get away because I am not the strongest sprinter so I needed a gap. “I went on my own from there and there wasn’t much of a chase so I was able to just get clear and keep my head down all the way to the finish which was great and I am really happy with the result,” he beamed. Having to make all the pace during the Elite Men's Road Race Orica-GreenEDGE's and 2015 SA Time Trial Champion Daryl Impey was unable to bridge the gap and claimed the silver medal on day five of the 2015 Pennypinchers South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships. // Photo credit: craigdutton.com. Runner up Daryl Impey said: “It was good to get the silver medal today even though I was a little frustrated by the tactics of some of the bigger teams that were part of the bunch. “There was very little movement in the group and I was hoping that there might be a couple guys who were willing to come with me and no one wanted to put in a chase which was quite disappointing but it was a great ride from Jacques and he deserved it today.” The Orica-GreenEDGE rider had been in this situation in the past and he worked hard in the past to get himself into a position to win but this year he feels that a number of the younger riders might learn from what happened on the course. “A lot of the guys in the group were waiting for me to do some work on the front but I wasn’t willing to put in the all of the hard work at the front this year if I wasn’t going to get any support from a section of the group. “It gets to a stage when you can’t expect one guy to do all of the work on the front of the group and I think that some guys learnt that you need to have a group working together to pull the leader in so I think that after the effort I put in again today I will walk away with some respect,” a slightly aggrieved Impey mentioned. Some warm conditions greeted the Elite Men during the Road Race on day five of the 2015 Pennypinchers South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships. // Photo credit: craigdutton.com. The Under 23 men also took to the road in their Road Race on Saturday and it was Jayde Julius who managed to hold off Stefan de Bod and a number of other riders to claim the national crown. The Junior men also took part in their Road Race with Jarrod Hattingh winning the end sprint and with that the junior national title. Frances du Toit was the strongest of the junior girls as she did the double to go along with her Time Trial victory earlier in the week. Cycling fans can follow the results as the racing unfolds with live timing here. Spectators on the course can also follow the live timing on their mobile devices, using the Mobi results link here. If you cannot get to the event in Mbombela, watch the racing live on streamit360.tv from 6-8 February. For more information, visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2015-sa-road-champs. SUMMARY OF RESULTS - 2015 PENNYPINCHERS SOUTH AFRICAN ROAD, TIME TRIAL AND PARA-CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY FOUR Road Race Elite Men 1. Jacques Janse van Rensburg 04:26:36 2. Darly Impey 04:28:40 3. Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg 04:28:41 4. Hendrik Kruger 04:28:42 5. Willie Smit 04:28.45 6. Clint Hendricks 04:28:46 7. Louis Meintjes 04:28:47 8. Shaun-Nick Bester 04:28:48 9. Abraham Le Roux 04:28:58 10. Nico Bell 04:29:04 Under 23 Men 1. Jayde Julius 04:28:41 2. Stefan de Bod 04:28:43 3. Oliver Stapleton-Cotton 04:28:54 4. Thulasizwe Mxenge 04:28:55 5. Ryan Gibbons 04:28:55 Junior Men 1. Jarrod Hattingh 03:30:22 2. Damean Oosthuizen 03:30:22 3. Marco Joubert 03:30:23 4. Kyle de Wet 03:30:23 5. Ruderick Heuer 03:30:23 Junior Women 1. Frances du Toit 02:14:18 2. Lynette Benson 02:18:49 3. Ame Venter 02:18:50 4. Mandie Swart 02:20:53 5. Janet Geldenhuys 02:24:57
  22. It was a golden day on Saturday for Team MTN-Qhubeka’s Jacques Janse van Rensburg who dominated the 2015 Pennypinchers South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships Elite Men’s Road Race on Saturday to finish just under two minutes ahead of the chasing bunch in hot conditions in Mbombela. Click here to view the article
  23. This week the South African National Road Championships get underway in Mbombela (previously known as Nelspruit). The Men's elite time trial will take place on Thursday 5th of February while the road race is on Saturday 7th of February. Click here to view the article
  24. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will send a strong quartet of riders to defend our national road race title which Louis Meintjes won in Westville last year. As defending road race champion, Louis will be joined by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Jay Thomson. All 4 riders will also compete in the time trial race. Many will remember how Louis and Jay tagged teamed their efforts to get one over on Daryl Impey (Orica-Greenedge) last year. This year Impey returns as the race favourite for the national championships after an impressive performance at the Tour Down Under. Impey is also the defending national time trial champion. The local domestic racing scene is also well underway and we expect a strong challenge to come from Europcar SA, Team Abantu, Bonitas and our very MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team. The road race will cover 180km's and has no serious climbs but a few undulations will be covered during the 13 lap race. The customary Mbombela heat and wind can once again be expected, adding another dynamic to the race. The 42.7km time trial course is definitely not flat and fast, so a well measured effort will be key in this event. "Both races are being run over lapped routes and neither really suit me. There is a small climb on the road race lap but I think the race is most likely to come down to small bunch sprint. This should be pretty ideal for Reinardt, its the same for the time trial. Although you also never know with South African racing, it's always such a lottery as the tactics aren't the same as what they are in Europe. I'm feeling good though, the form isn't super high but it's okay. I'm just feeling a little sad because there is a chance I might lose my jersey." Rider - Louis Meintjes Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung TT Start Times (CAT) 06:46 - Jacques Janse van Rensburg 06:48 - Jay Thomson 06:49 - Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 06:51 - Louis Meintjes Road Race Start Time The road race starts on Saturday, 7 February at 06:20 (CAT). You can find course details at www.cyclingsa.com/2015-sa-road-champs.
  25. Sbaragli has been with Team MTN-Qhubeka since 2013 while Janse van Rensburg and Venter both joined the team in 2012 (Venter also rode for the team in 2010). All 3 riders have shown steady improvement over the last 2 years and each proved their quality once again at the recent Vuelta a Espana, forming part of the 9 rider team that managed to finish the grand tour with its full compliment of riders. Sbaragli has shown he is a real star of the future, notching up no less than 22 top 10 results in sprint finishes this year alone. After recovering from his hernia operation, Janse van Rensburg has become a rejuvenated rider, winning the Mzansi Tour and performing strongly on multiple mountain stages throughout the year. Venter has shown his quality as a strong diesel engine while he has also played an integral part in our sprint leadouts. I am really happy to have extended my contract with Team MTN-Qhubeka for the next 2 seasons because here I have found a team that believe in me and give me the opportunity to show what i am capable of. I am quite happy with how my 2014 season has gone but next season i really went to step up a level and be competitive during the classics period. I also hope to turn some of my good results into victories next year. I am confident the team will be much stronger next year, particularly in the one-day races. Rider - Kristian Sbaragli I am very happy to continue my career with Team MTN-Qhubeka and for me it would be great if i can stay with the team as long as possible as I am an African in an African team. In 2015 I am really looking to improve on my general classification tour riding results, getting into the top 10 more often will be a goal. I will look to hold back a bit with my aggressive riding style, so less breakaways, using that energy to focus on the GC. I also hope to be able to be a strong support rider for our GC rider in the big tours. I think we have super strong team for the classics and stage wins next year and then obviously a really strong and young African GC line-up too. Rider - Jacques Janse van Rensburg I am happy to extend with Team MTN-Qhubeka again after a good 2 and a half years with the team. I am already excited for the 2015 season and this season isn't even finished yet. With the new riders we have next year i think we will have a good season and i am very motivated to work as hard as possible to support the team. As always, if there is an opportunity for me to get a result as well then i will take it. Rider - Jaco Venter These guys are core to the team’s success next year with Jaco being incredibly versatile in the classics and stage races with this time trialling strength and calm demeanour, Kristian will get huge support from the riders joining the team in 2015 to help him convert some of those top 10’s to wins and Jacques has made huge strides this year in his performance and is an asset in our climbing and stage race group. Team Principal – Douglas Ryder
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