Reinardt Janse van Rensburg’s great run of form in France continued on Monday when he finished second in stage sixth of the Tour de Bretagne in France, writes Mark Etheridge.
The young Pretoria rider ended just behind Australian Jay McCarthy in the 145-kilometre stage from Douarnenez to Lannion.
He’s now second on the general classification (GC) just 13 seconds behind Eric Berthou of the Bretagne-Schuller outfit.
The 46th edition of this event comes to a conclusion on Tuesday, after seven days of hard riding. Earlier in the week, Janse van Rensburg won the fourth stage of the tour to add to an already impressive CV that includes a stage of the Herald Sun tour in Australia and ending second in the Tour of Hainan in China.
Also shining for the MTN-Qhubeka outfit was climbing specialist Dennis van Niekerk. He was part of the breakaway that formed seven kilometres after a rainy start. Van Niekerk won both the King of the Mountain sprints and took third in the first hot spot sprint.
With 35km remaining Van Niekerk attacked the breakaway and went clear with Racault who he disposed of too, but was eventually caught on the finishing circuits just 15km from the finish.
This aggressive ride earned Van Niekerk the Combined Leaders Jersey for the stage given to the rider that gains the most points in the stage. Van Rensburg will also wear the Points Leaders Jersey in the final stage on Tuesday as the leader in the Points Competition is Berthou who will wear the Overall Leaders Jersey.
Tuesday’s final stage will take the riders from Langonnet to Dinan over 166km with another tough uphill finish that the riders have to tackle six times.