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Janse van Rensburg claims first win of 2013 in Mémorial Frank Vandenbroucke

By:
José Been

South African out-kicks Leukemans, Van Avermaet

Reinardt Janse van Rensberg (Argos-Shimano)

Reinardt Janse van Rensberg (Argos-Shimano)

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Reinardt Janse van Rensburg won Binche-Chimay-Binche today. The 187.6km long race in the Walloon region of Hainaut marked the first victory of the South-African rider since he graduated to the WorldTour with Argos-Shimano this year. “This course suited me. I believed I could win and I am really happy I succeeded.”

Janse van Rensburg beat Vacansoleil-DCM’s Björn Leukemans and Greg van Avermaet of BMC.

In 2013, Janse van Rensburg was the 4th of most succesful riders on the year’s victory ranking after André Greipel with 19, Peter Sagan with 16 and Mark Cavendish with 15 wins. The South African won 14 races with the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports, a UCI 1.1 race, as his biggest victory. He also won the national time trial title in South Africa.

Janse van Rensburg moved to Argos-Shimano for two seasons after that succesful period with the then-continental MTN-Qhubeka team.

“This was my first victory as a professional,” Janse van Rensburg said after winning Binche-Chimay-Binche. “I won a lot last year but this is my breakthrough victory. It’s a little bit late in the season but I am really happy it came in the end.”

The race around the city of Binche started with a five-man breakaway with Bertjan Lindeman of Vacansoleil-DCM, Katusha’s Maxim Belkov, Cofidis’ Nico Sijmens, Thomas Degand of Accent Jobs-Wanty and local rider Tom Dernies of Wallonie Bruxelles. They gained a substantial gap but were reeled in at 40 kilometers from the line. In the remaining three local laps with a difficult cobbled section in the last kilomter lots of attacks followed but none of the groups gathered a lead of over 30 seconds.

In the last 16km long lap Greg van Avermaet attacked at 2km from the line. He gained a few meters on the cobbles but soon found Björn Leukemans and Janse van Rensburg on his wheel. The fast South African, who is an excellent time triallist and sprinter, overtook the Belgian duo to cross the line solo.

“It was a very hectic final with so many attacks. It meant I had to be lucky if it came down to a sprint. I have felt pretty good since I finished the Vuelta and decided to go early. It was a bit of a gamble. The legs really hurt in the last 150 meters. When I started here today I really felt I could win the race. I arrived here this morning and felt it was possible. I am really, really happy with this victory,” Janse van Rensburg concluded.

Full Results
1 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano 4:10:24  
2 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:01  
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
4 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:04  
5 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
6 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
7 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
8 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
9 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
10 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
11 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
12 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
13 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
14 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
15 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha    
16 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
17 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:07  
18 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:08  
19 Maxime Daniel (Fra) Sojasun    
20 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
21 Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles 0:00:12  
22 Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
23 Niels Vandyck (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:00:14  
24 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
25 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
26 Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar    
27 Hugo Houle (Can) Ag2R La Mondiale    
28 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles    
29 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
30 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
31 Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar    
32 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
33 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
34 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:19  
35 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
36 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
37 Christophe Premont (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
38 Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
39 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha    
40 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
41 Florent Delfosse (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze 0:00:25  
42 Bram Nolten (Ned) Doltcini-Flanders    
43 Thomas Wertz (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze    
44 Erwin De Kerf (Bel) Doltcini-Flanders    
45 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:29  
46 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun 0:00:37  
47 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:00:40  
48 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
49 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
50 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
51 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-Shimano    
52 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
53 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
54 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:49  
55 Floris Smeyers (Bel) Verandas Willems    
56 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
57 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:00:52  
58 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:56  
59 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:58  
60 Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles 0:01:00  
61 Julian Kern (Ger) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:06  
62 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
63 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
64 Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles    
65 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
66 Arnaud Geronboux (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze    
67 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
68 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:12  
69 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:01:16  
70 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:01:18  
71 Jean-Albert Carnevali (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:01:26  
72 Marko Kump (Slo) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:41  
73 Reinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony 0:01:50  
74 Klaas Sys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
75 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:00  
76 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 0:02:02  
77 Gaëtan Pons (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon 0:02:04  
78 Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:12  
79 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:02:15  
80 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles    
81 Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles    
82 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun    
83 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
84 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
85 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:02:29  
86 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
87 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:02:47  
88 Olivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:02:52  
89 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:21  
90 Ian Vansumere (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon 0:05:15  
91 Louis Convens (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon    
92 Axel Gremelpont (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon    
93 Sergio Ferrari (Bel) Verandas Willems    
94 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
95 Antoine Warnier (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze    
96 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano    
97 Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze    
98 Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
99 Andrew Ydens (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon    
100 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
101 Gabriel Chavanne (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale    
102 Maksim Razumov (Rus) Katusha 0:05:29  
103 Antoine Pirlot (Bel) Verandas Willems    
104 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
105 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha    
106 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:05:36  
107 Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze 0:05:48  
108 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:05:59  
109 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:06:02  
110 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Jakub Novak (Cze) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Steffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Julien Morice (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles    
DNF Jonathan De Witte (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles    
DNF Jerome Kerf (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze    
DNF Florent Mottet (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze    
DNF Jonathan Baratto (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Alexandre Seny (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Maxime Vekeman (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Quentin Borcy (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Kevin Suarez Martinez (Bel) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNF Henryk Cardoen (Bel) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNF Rick Van Caldenborgh (Ned) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNF Martynas Maniusis (Ltu) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNS Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNS Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNS Martial Gene (Fra) Doltcini-Flanders