Reinardt Janse van Rensburg has his sights set on being selected to ride in a second Tour de France later this year as a key member of Dimension Data team’s sprint train to set up Mark Cavendish for stage wins.
But after securing overall victory in the Tour de Langkawi on Wednesday, Janse van Rensburg, 27, told Cyclingnews that he needs to continue with similarly impressive performances to earn one of the nine places in Dimension Data’s Tour team.
“I am looking forward to doing it again. It’s going to be pretty tight,” Janse van Rensburg said. “We have really some big names in the team, but I hope there is space for me. Results like this help.
“We have a really big sprinter with Cavendish there. So it depends on who he wants in his lead-out. But I think I am one of the guys that can really stand out in his lead-out.”
Janse van Rensburg’s win at Langkawi was impressive. He even extended his overall lead on Wednesday’s final 119km stage from Batu Pahat to Melaka, won in a bunch sprint by Andrea Guardini (Astana) from fellow Italian Jakub Mareczko (Southeast-Venezuela) and Shiki Kuroeda (Aisan Racing Team).
Janse van Rensburg, who placed 12th on the stage that saw the peloton split near the finish with a group of 15 riders crossing the line four seconds ahead, gained three seconds by winning the first of three intermediate sprints at 16.2km.
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