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  1. The final stage of the 2016 Tour de Langkawi saw Andrea Guardini (Astana) sprint to his 4th stage win of the race. In the overall classification though, it was Reinardt Janse van Rensburg who rode away as the 2016 Le Tour de Langkawi Champion. Click here to view the article
  2. This morning it was only a flat 119km stage to Melaka that stood between Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and defending the overall race victory from last year. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg had an 11 second buffer over Daniel Jaramillo (United Healthcare) at the stage start, which he then extended by 3 seconds after winning the first intermediate sprint of today's stage at kilometer 16. A 3 rider break was then allowed to go clear, being the final stage though, a number of teams had an interest in getting something out of the race and so a few squads sent riders to help our African Team with the pacing. As expected, when the peloton arrived in Melaka for the 3 local finishing laps, the break was all but doomed. Janse van Rensburg just had to ensure he kept it upright and finished with the front group in order to win the race overall. Once again the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka boys were fantastic in protecting Janse van Rensburg during the final nervy sprint finish. Adrien Niyonshuti, Songezo Jim, Johann van Zyl, Nicolas Dougall and Jaco Venter never left our race leaders side and with 5km to go, the team placed Janse van Rensburg in the safest position possible, the front of the peloton. Going under the final kilometer banner, the sprint opened up with a big fight for position. Janse van Rensburg chose to follow the wheels of the front runners but did not get involved in the chaos to ensure the Tour de Langkawi yellow jersey will stay with Africa's Team for another year. I am super happy to finally get a big victory again. It is my first tour victory since 2012 and first victory since 2013. But, I need to thank all of my team for working day in, day out for me and making sure I was protected. I really couldn't have done it without them. Now I am really looking forward to starting my European campaign in Tirreno, Milan-Sanremo and the rest of the classics. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider What can I say, this is a great feeling. It is the first time in the history of the race that a team could defend the victory. For Reinardt it is great because his last win was in 2013, so it nice for him to get his confidence back and get him back on track to being a race winner. I must say without this strong team he would not have achieved the win. We had 5 very committed and very strong guys working all out for him. Riding on the front all day, closing gaps and fixing difficult situations so a big compliment to the complete team. Also, a big thanks must go to our hard working staff here in Langkawi. The Tour de Langkawi is a fantastic race, it is very well organised with so many spectators and a lot of passion is shown for bicycle racing here. It is the biggest race in Asia and this is a big win for our team, which we are very happy with. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  3. Andrea Guardini (Astana) won yet another stage of the Tour de Langkawi, sprinting to victory ahead of Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) and Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai) on today's 7th stage. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg retained the overall race lead by crossing the line in 5th position. Click here to view the article
  4. The 7th stage was the longest stage of this year’s Tour de Langkawi at 202km and certainly the toughest for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. With Janse van Rensburg only leading the general classification by 11 seconds from Daniel Jaramillo (United Healthcare) and 12 seconds from Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), our African Team were attacked from the gun this morning. Astana, Tinkoff and United Healthcare were relentless, attacking multiple times in the first hour of racing. The pace was so high that only 25 riders remained in the peloton after 45km of racing, our African Team was proving to be rock solid though by always bringing the dangerous moves back. Eventually we allowed a 3 rider break to go clear, Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Tanner Putt (United Healthcare) and Hyo Suk Gong (KSPO). As the gap to the trio grew to just over 5 minutes, there was a general regrouping of the peloton. 2 riders from the Chinese Hengxiang team would then bridge to the 3 leaders with 70km still left to race and De Vreese, just 2 minutes behind Janse van Rensburg on GC, was now becoming a real threat to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Our African Team would up the pace in the peloton, and slowly began to chip away at the lead of the escapees. Songezo Jim, Johann van Zyl, Adrien Niyonshuti, Nicolas Dougall and Jaco Venter were working like real troopers at the head of the peloton. When the race hit the 30km to go point, the break was still 3'40" up the road. Our African Team kept a consistently high work rate going and by 10km to go, the gap was just 44 seconds. It was only at this point that some assistance was offered by rival teams in setting the pace, as a sprint finish was now sure to unfold. Venter did another great job to pilot Janse van Rensburg to just inside of 1km to go, when the sprint then opened up. Gaurdini sprinted to victory for the 21st time at the Tour de Langkawi while Janse van Rensburg crossed the line in 5th place. The result ensured our South African would keep the overall race leader’s yellow jersey, with just tomorrow's final 119km stage left to race. Johann and Songezo were superstars today, controlling the break with almost no help from the other teams during the stage. The rest of the team did a perfect job to keep me safe and in position to be able to deliver a 5th place result at the finish. There is one more stage to go, so we will have to be on top of our game tomorrow. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider Today it was clear to us from early on that today would not be an easy day for us after yesterday. We had a tough climb after 29km where a number of climbers and GC riders attacked. There was a leading group of 6 riders and we were behind in a group of 25 riders. I told the boys to wait for the bunch, so we slowed down and the bunch came together. We then had all 6 of our boys to chase for the whole day. They spent nearly 200km riding in the front, right up until the very late final when they caught the last rider with 5km to go. Reinardt gave the sprint a go, he did not have all the man power left to perform a leadout but he still came 5th and keeps the jersey, which was the main objective for the day. The team did really, really well today. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  5. The 6th stage of the Tour de Langkawi ended in another bunch sprint which Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) won ahead of Juraj Sagan (Tinkoff) and Dylan Page (Team Roth). Reinardt Janse van Rensburg took over the overall race lead as Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) lost time after a late puncture. Click here to view the article
  6. While all the drama of today's Tour de Langkawi stage happened in the final 500m, there was some early action with an initial break of 7 riders going clear in the opening kilometers of the stage and we had Songezo Jim in the move. United Healthcare were on a mission though and after 80km of racing they caught the break. There was then a new escape of 6 riders that formed, and we had Adrien Niyonshuti in the mix this time. They would ride into a 1'30" lead before Tanner Putt (United Healthcare) attacked from the front, with 45km to go. Putt was able to extend his lead over the peloton by a further 30 seconds as the remnants of the break all returned to the peloton. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had a plan for the final 16km though and the entire team came to the front just before the final cat 3 climb of the day. Our African Team put in a huge acceleration on the positive slope, hoping to split the peloton. Putt was caught on the climb but unfortunately the climb was not hard enough to cause any splits in the race. As the peloton descended toward the line, the race leader Lopez punctured with around 7km to go. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were preparing Janse van Rensburg for the sprint at the head of the race and then Drapac hit the front with 2km to go. An off camber 180-degree bend came with 500m to go, riders dived into the corner at high speed and some went down. Janse van Rensburg was hit from the side by another rider, fortunately our South African did not fall but he was unable to take part in the sprint as his chain had dropped. Among the chaos of the final corner, Lopez was still trying to get back to the peloton but unfortunately for the Astana rider he would cross the line 35 seconds after the front group. This meant that Janse van Rensburg would move up into the overall race lead. Daniel Jaramillo (United Healthcare) is now 2nd, 11 seconds back and Lopez is 3rd, 12 seconds behind. I am really sorry for Lopez to lose the jersey in such a way. I was in a good position for the sprint before a guy took me out in the corner at 500m to go, and I had to stop to put my chain back on. I have yellow now but it feels very bittersweet, taking the jersey in such a way and also losing my chance to go for the stage win. Songezo Jim and Adrien Niyonshuti did great to sit in the breaks today and put pressure on the other teams to chase. The rest of the team did a great job to get me in a good position for the sprint, unfortunately I missed my chance to sprint but gained the GC lead. Now we will need to defend the jersey for the final two days. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider Many times in the past the misfortune was on our shoulders, today it was on the shoulders of Astana. Their leader punctured with 7km to go and our boys were already preparing the sprint for Reinardt. We were focused on ourselves and wanted to win the stage with Reinardt. In the last corner at 500m to go Andrea Palini rode into Reinardt, he nearly crashed and his chain fell off. He had to stop but finally he received the same time as the front group and Lopez was in the 2nd group, he did not make it back to the leaders and that is the reason why we are in the leader’s jersey. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  7. The 5th stage of the Tour de Langkawi ended in another mass sprint and it was a familiar result with Andrea Guardini (Astana) taking the victory yet again, Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai) was 2nd and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 3rd. Click here to view the article
  8. It was a fast start to the 148km stage, with almost 50km covered in the first hour of racing. The high speed was largely thanks to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka putting pressure on the peloton, as our African Team raced for the bonus seconds at the 2 intermediate sprints that came in the opening 60km. At the first intermediate sprint Janse van Rensburg won back 2 seconds in the GC race by placing 2nd behind Guardini. By the time the 2nd sprint came the race was becoming harder to control with many other teams getting in on the act as well. A small split went off the front just before the sprint was reached, and those lead riders took all the bonus seconds. It was straight after this sprint prime that a group of 6 riders were then allowed to break away. The finish was not all that far away after the 2nd sprint and so the 6 escapees were held on a short leash by the sprinters teams. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Drapac and Tinkoff all did a lot of work on the front of the peloton. Adrien Niyonshuti was particularly strong in this regard, spending a lot of time on the front of the peloton. Despite a few new late attacks, the expected bunch sprint would materialise as all breakaway riders were caught with 2km to go. With great support from his team, Janse van Rensburg was kept in a good position for the sprint and the ever dependable Jaco Venter was with Janse van Rensburg until the final kilometer. In the sprint, Guardini showed once again he is the fastest and Janse van Rensburg was only just pipped by Palini for 2nd. 3rd place at the line gave Janse van Rensburg another 4 bonus seconds and so our South African rider now sits 2nd on GC, 23 seconds behind Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). It was another fast and hot day, temperatures reached 40 degrees. The time gap for the GC got a bit smaller today, Lopez only has 23 seconds now. Reinardt finished once again on the podium, in 3rd place and very close to winner. The team did a fantastic job, after the final climb when the 5 riders were still away our boys did a great job to help close the gap. I am really proud of how the boys are racing here, showing good teamwork and still 3 more tough stages are to come. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  9. The much anticipated 4th stage of the Tour de Langkawi saw the Colombian riders come into their own on the climb up to the Cameron Highlands, as Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) won the stage ahead of Daniel Jaramillo (United Healthcare). Our South African fast man, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg showed his climbing ability by finishing in a fantastic 3rd position. Click here to view the article
  10. The stage started off with a sprint prime coming early on. Janse van Rensburg took 2nd place behind the yellow jersey wearer of Andrea Guardini (Astana) at the prime and this gave our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider a few bonus seconds for the general classification. 3 riders from local Asian teams then got into the break of the day, which later became 4 riders when another domestic Asian team rider joined them later on in the stage. Tinkoff, Astana and United Healthcare did a lot of the early pace setting from the peloton and they kept close tabs on the break, not allowing them to get more than a 5-minute lead. With 40km to go, the chase to reel in the escapees began. As the final 20km was all uphill, the peloton had the upper hand over the break. While Janse van Rensburg has certainly erred more to the title of sprinter than climber in the past, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka always believed Janse van Rensburg could put in a good ride on this climb and so our African Team rode in full support of the South African today. As the peloton slowly began to whittle down on the climb, Janse van Rensburg was showing his versatility always riding near the front with the rest of our African Team, trying to keep the race together as much as possible. With 5km to go the break was caught and the climbers started attacking. Lopez put in the first meaningful acceleration and quickly got a gap. The United Healthcare team tried to respond but they couldn't get onto the wheel of the Astana rider. Janse van Rensburg could not match the accelerations of the smaller climbers but he just kept a consistently hard tempo going. Lopez went on to cross the line alone, 30 seconds ahead of Jaramillo and Janse van Rensburg out sprinted the climbers he was with to take 3rd place, just 5 seconds further back. The result of the stage now places Janse van Rensburg 2nd on the general classification, 29 seconds behind Lopez and still 4 flat stages are left to race. Bonus seconds could play an important role in the final result come next Wednesday. I felt really good all day and super comfortable over the first part of the climb. Lopez attacked with 5km to go and he was really strong. The team rode well, but unfortunately Johann van Zyl had a puncture on the first part of the climb and had to put in a big effort to come back, and this cost us the final guy we needed to keep things together for me. In the end I had to settle for 3rd, but I proved today that I am more than just a sprinter. A few more stages left and there should be a few more chances for us. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider Reinardt was 2nd in one of the time bonus sprints so already he moved up to 4th place on GC during the stage. Then Guardini, Palini and Murphy who were ahead of him on GC, were dropped on the climb. Reinardt then came to the finish in a group of maybe 10 or 15 riders but the strong climbers like Lopez and Jaramillo attacked in the final 5km and we could not go with. It was a super performance from the team though and Reinardt now sits 2nd on the GC. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  11. The 3rd stage of the Tour de Langkawi ended in another mass sprint. This time it was John Murphy (United Healthcare) who took the victory, Francesco Chicci (Androni Giocattoli) placed 2nd and Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) was 3rd. Click here to view the article
  12. At just 107km in length, it was a short and fast stage today in Langkawi. With a small category 4 climb being the only obstacle of the stage, it was always going to be another sprint finish. 3 riders tried their luck in an early breakaway but with the peloton stopping them at a 3-minute advantage, the writing was on the wall for the escapees. James Oram (One Pro Cycling), who was one of the early breakaway riders, made a fist of it though and was only caught 1km before the line. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had tried to set up Reinardt Janse van Rensburg for the finale and all was looking good until that 1km to go point. With so many teams pushing for a better position, our African Team lost a few places through one of the final corners and Janse van Rensburg started his sprint from too far back. The South African finished with good speed but he was visibly disappointed after crossing the line in 11th position. Tomorrow should be the general classification defining stage as rider’s finish with the climb up to the Cameron Highlands. We rode to close the gap to the breakaway today but in the final, Reinardt did not have the position to go for the victory. Also, the pure sprinters were too fresh after such a short stage and also with a downhill finish. We have more opportunities in the coming stages. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  13. Once again it was another sprint finish at Le Tour de Langkawi with Andrea Palini (SkyDive Dubai) winning the 2nd stage just ahead of Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg took a fine 3rd place after another great team effort by Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Click here to view the article
  14. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had a good day during the 158km stage from Sungai Petani to Pulau Pinang, animating the race when it counted the most. Initially, an early break of 5 riders went clear and they rode themselves into a 4-minute lead. The team of the yellow jersey, Astana, managed the gap carefully as they hoped to set up another sprint for Guardini. The stage was mostly quite flat, that was until riders reached a cat 3 climb that presented itself with 30km to go. Our African Team's plan was to make the racing as hard as possible, as a tougher finish would suit our fast man Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka used the positive gradient as a platform to put its plan into action. Songezo Jim and Adrien Niyonshuti did well to set a really hard tempo on the climb, thinning out the bunch and ensuring the early break would be caught before the finish. Johann van Zyl then also launched an attack in the final 20km and rode across to the leaders with 2 other riders, forcing the other sprinters teams to use more of their resources early than they perhaps had hoped. Van Zyl's break was eventually caught with 9km to go and then it was up to our African Team leading out Janse van Rensburg. Nic Dougall did a great job bringing our riders to the front of the race with 2km to go and then Venter dropped off Janse van Rensburg perfectly, with 300m to go. Palini and Gaurdini also benefited from our team’s solid lead out and the Italians were able to come off Janse van Rensburg's wheel and just pip him for the top 2 positions on the stage. With Janse van Rensburg taking 3rd place on the line, he now sits 4th on the overall general classification at 12 seconds behind Guardini. We had a good day. We made the race hard on the last climb with Adrien and Songezo which then sparked a lot of attacks. We then got Johann in quite a good move as well. Once they were caught the team performed a great leadout for Reinardt and he ended 3rd so we can be happy about that today. Jaco Venter - Rider The team was really good today. We tried to break the race up a little on the climb but unfortunately it wasn't steep enough to get rid of our main sprinting opposition. The team was still fantastic to lead me out and deliver me to a great position but I just missed that final kick today. I hope to reward them soon for their hard work. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider
  15. As the stage was always expected to end in a mass sprint, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were riding in support of Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. 4 riders would form the early escape of the day and the peloton let them ride up to 6 minutes ahead of the rest of the race. Guardini, who had already won 18 stages of the Tour de Langkawi before today, put his Astana team on the front of the peloton to control the gap. With 30km to go, it was encouraging to see our Rwandan star Adrien Niyonshuti driving the peloton forward as the Tour de Langkawi is his first race back after undergoing a stomach operation in the off season. As the finish line in Baling neared, the intensity of the chase increased and with 6km to go the race was all together. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had organised its leadout on the right side of the peloton with Songezo Jim, Johann van Zyl, Nic Dougall and Jaco Venter all ready to deliver Janse van Rensburg to the line. The team had done a great job to get into a winning position with 1km to go but the final sprint was frantic, with riders diving into the final left hand corner at 300m to go. Coming through that final bend, Janse van Rensburg was caught behind a rider with a mechanical which hindered his sprint somewhat. As Guardini surged to victory, our South African fast man had to settle for 7th position on the stage. Today's first stage was 166km and we were prepared for a sprint. The boys worked well together and they did a good leadout for Reinardt. They brought him to 8th position going through the last corner, Guardini was in 6th. Then the rider from Bardiani, who was in front of Reinardt, dropped his chain and Reinardt had to ride around him so he finished 7th. This is not the result we had hoped for but the boys did a good job, they rode together, performed the leadout and there is more to come from them as we know 7th position is not the best we can do. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  16. The 1st stage of Le Tour de Langkawi saw a familiar victor as Andrea Guardini (Astana) sprinted to the stage win ahead of Brenton Jones (Drapac) and Andrea Palini (SkyDive Dubai). Click here to view the article
  17. Le Tour de Langkawi is an event which our African Team has competed in every year since 2008. The 2016 edition of the race will once again be an important fixture on our calendar, specifically because we return to the race as the defending champions. Last year Youcef Reguigui, our Algerian strongman, took an emphatic stage victory to Bukit Fraser before going on to win the race overall. Reguigui will not be returning to defend his title this year as he is set to line up for the African Championships in Morocco later in the week. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will however, be hoping to keep the yellow jersey in our camp for another year by sending a strong all African team to Langkawi. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg will spearhead our attack and he will be supported by our newly crowned South African Champion, Jaco Venter. Nicolas Dougall, Songezo Jim, Johann van Zyl and Adrien Niyonshuti complete our Langkawi roster. The route does not vary significantly from year to year and so our African Team will go into the UCI 2.HC race knowing that the 4th stage to the Cameron Highlands will be pivotal for the general classification title while mass sprints are highly likely to decide the remaining 7 stages. It is my first time in Langkawi and I am looking forward to having some sprint opportunities to go for a result. I heard that it can get quite hectic in the finals here, but we have a strong team that can bring me into position at the right times. We are not doing Genting this year but Cameron Highlands, which will be the big GC day. The way we do Cameron this year seems a little bit more difficult than in the past, so it is difficult to make a judgement on it now. Either way, we have guys ready for every scenario. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider
  18. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka's next race appointment will be Le Tour de Langkawi, which gets underway on Wednesday 24 February and will reach its conclusion after 8 stages, ending 2 March. Click here to view the article
  19. The Tour de Langkawi reached its peak today with the tackling hill top finish at Fraser's Hill. The climb was a late addition to the race course, after the removal of Genting Highlands. Nonetheless, its final steep 8 kilometers proved to be the perfect playground for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Click here to view the article
  20. After a few kilometers into today's racing a four-man breakaway with Francesco Chicchi (Androni Giocattoli) and Liam Bertazzo (Southeast) went clear from the peloton and was able to built up lead of nearly 8 minutes. Back in the peloton it were Skydive Dubai and Tinkoff-Saxo who controlled the pace. Both teams were later joined by Sky. The increased tempo saw the gap to the leaders come down quickly, and it was Bertazzo who decided to jump his breakaway companions with around 40 kilometers to go. The lone Italian was reeled back in at the foot of the final climb, when Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung's riders began their approach for the stage win. Overnight Daniel Teklehaimanot had come down with a chest infection complicated by high fevers. He was not able to take any further part in the race, which meant that the team had to adjust its tactics. The riders kept low profile until the last kilometer and followed the wheels of Sky. This tactic turned out to be the right one, and earned Youcef Reguigui the biggest success of his career so far. Our Algerian fast man beat Sergio Henao (Sky) and Valerio Agnoli (Astana) into second and third. Jacques Janse van Rensburg followed in seventh. After winning today's queen stage Youcef will go into the final stage of the Tour de Langkawi with a 10 second lead in the GC. Tomorrow the race will end in Kuala Lumpur. The climb was incredibly hard for me to hold on but I managed to stay in the front group. Then 2 kilometers to go Jacques said to me, "you can win this!" I felt a bit stronger and managed to hold on a bit longer. When I saw the 500 meter banner I knew I could win. I started my sprint at 300 and I'm so happy to be able to win the stage for my team who have ridden so well this week. I hope this win will also motivates the people that believe in #BicyclesChangeLives. Youcef Reguigui - Rider
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