Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka) outsprinted Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas) to win the 2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on Sunday. It’s the second year in a row that Team MTN-Qhubeka won Johannesburg’s biggest race after Arran Brown’s victory last year. Brown was again in the mix this year and finished third, topping off a highly successful 2012 for the team.
The win ends an incredible season for Janse van Renburg who won 14 UCI races plus numerous domestic races in South Africa. It was also his last race for Team MTN-Qhubeka. After the finish he said,
“I’ve had a great three years on this team. This is a great way to repay them for investing in me the past few years.”
Janse van Rensburg tragically lost his father two weeks ago and said he thought about his father throughout the race.
“I dedicate this win to him. My dad has been my biggest supporter in my cycling career. He followed my cycling very closely.”
How the race unfoled
The race got off to a steady start on the M1 Highway. As soon as the peloton hit Joe Slovo drive, attacks from Jaco Venter (MTN-Qhubeka) and Jason Bakke (Team Bonitas) split the race apart. Several bunches formed going through the city centre until the race-winning move was formed on Jan Smuts drive. MTN-Qhubeka had five riders present, Janse van Rensburg, Brown, Venter, Dennis van Niekerk and Calvin Beneke. Other teams who made the break were Team Bonitas with four riders while Tasol-GT, ASG and Nu Water each had one.
With no other sprinters present except Janse van Rensburg and Brown, the three other MTN-Qhubeka riders kept everything together for a sprint until the finish. Team Bonitas put in numerous attacks coming into the finish but everything was neutralized and a sprint was set up for Janse van Rensburg to bag South Africa’s second biggest one-day race after he won the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour earlier this year.
Team Principal Douglas Ryder:
“This tops off an unbelievable season for Team MTN-Qhubeka. Our growth over the years has been progressive and it’s rewarding to see the investment we’ve put into the athletes pay off. We are looking forward to carrying this momentum into 2013 when we’ll be Africa’s first ever UCI Professional Continental team. “We’re sad to see Reinardt leave our team but we know he will be successful. We look forward to his return to the team in the future. He has been a great asset over the last three years.”
Results: Momentum 94.7 Elite Men
– 1. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Team MTN-Qhubeka)
– 2. Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas)
– 3. Arran Brown (Team MTN-Qhubeka)
– 4. Jason Bakke (Team Bonitas)
– 5. HB Kruger (Team Bonitas)
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