Janse van Rensburg dominates in Elite Men’s Road Race

2015-02-09 00:00

MBOMBELA — It was a golden day on Saturday for Team MTN-Qhubeka’s Jacques Janse van Rensburg who dominated the 2015 South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships Elite Men’s Road Race in Mbombela.

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, but 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 he knew the importance of keeping the national jersey.

“It is a great feeling to win,” 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 among the team and I am glad that we managed to do that.”

Having claimed both the junior and the U23 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,” he said.

“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.”

Runner up Daryl Impey said that it was good to get the silver medal despite being a little frustrated by the tactics of some of the bigger teams.

“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,” he said. — Gameplan Media.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

Rod Race

Elite Men

1. Jacques Janse van Rensburg 04:26.36

2. Darly impey 04:28.40

3. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 04:28.41

4. Hendrik Kruger 04:28.43

5. Willie Smit 04:28.45

6. Clint Hendricks 04:28.46

7. Louis Meintjies 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 02:24.53

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