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Janse van Rensburg 11th in TDF 13th stage

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South Africa’s Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg took 11th spot in Friday’s 13th stage of the Tour de France.

It was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who won his third stage of this year’s Tour, sprinting to the victory in Valence on the first transitional stage between the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Emirates) finished second and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) in third place.

It was a stage where the sprinters were always going to have a chance and there was some uncertainty as to whether a break would make it.

But when only four riders went clear in the early part of the 170-kilometre stage, the sprint teams were confident of bringing the race back together for a sprint.

Africa’s Team Dimension Data outfit, without the key sprint duo of Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw ― who both missed the cut during a tough week ― looked to Edvald Boasson Hagen and Janse van Rensburg to have a go in the finale.

Jay Thomson and Julien Vermote did a great job to deliver Boasson Hagen and Janse van Rensburg to the final six kilometres for the bunch kick.

It was a technical finish with a number of roundabouts that had to be negotiated by the tightly packed peloton.

Janse van Rensburg and Boasson Hagen found it tricky to stay on each other’s wheel and so both ended up having to freelance to the final.

The South African was furthest forward when the sprint opened up but was never really in contention for the win. Sagan powered to the win while Janse van Rensburg came home in a credible 11th place with Boasson Hagen a few spots further back in 17th.

Speaking of his ride, Janse van Rensburg said: ‘It was a pretty hectic and technical finish. Eddy (Boasson Hagen) and I were together with 2km to go but a little bit too far back.

‘I moved to the front with 1km to go but he lost me on the way. I was in a good position but already on the limit so I couldn’t really sprint.

‘We’ll try again. All the guys in the race are really tired after three tough days in the Alps. So it was nice to sort of have a recovery day today.’


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