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Van Rensburg wins Le Tour de Langkawi as Guardini clocks up fourth stage win
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One year after his teammate Youcef Reguigui won the race, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg made it two in a row for his Dimension Data team when he won the overall classification in Le Tour de Langkawi. The South African finished safely in the main bunch on a final stage to Melaka, rolling home behind the stage winner Andrea Guardini.
Guardini was once again the quickest in the dash to the line, sealing his fourth stage win of the race and 22nd career victory in the event.
“I’m happy to win here again in Melaka. I remember very well when I first did it in 2012,” the Italian said. “I knew there was a head wind to finish but I sprinted with a good timing. It would have been hard to get better results than four stage wins in eight days of racing. The fights for sprinting have all been highly competitive.”
Van Rensburg added to his overall lead early on when he won a time bonus in an intermediate sprint. After that, See Keong Loh (Malaysian national team), Joo Yong Seo (KSPO) and Ho San Chiu (HKSI) attacked and opened a strong lead, but they were hauled in inside the final 30 kilometres.
Van Rensburg’s success came in his first participation in the race, and he admitted he was nervous.
“I was counting down the kilometres and I was relieved when I saw the three kilometres to go mark. This is my first stage race victory since 2012 [when he joined the World Tour]. It’s been a long time. This is definitely the biggest win of my career. It’s a UCI H.C. race, a very important one.”
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Today’s feature image was taken by Aaron Lee/Impressions Studio during stage six of the 2016 Le Tour de Langkawi.