Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka put its mark on the Belgian one-day race Brabantse Pijl but despite a strong performance at the front of the race, the team ended up empty-handed.
Jacques Janse van Rensburg (photo) was one of the first riders to attack. The former South African champion got away with four other riders and the group quickly established a significant gap on the peloton. As the breakaway took on the finishing circuit, it was Janse van Rensburg who led the group across the line both the first and the second time, while Nathan Haas always stayed near the front of the peloton.
On the final laps, a new break got away and even though the group never got a gap of more than 30 seconds, the peloton didn’t manage to organize its forces to close the gap. Haas tried to bridge across on his own but the pack didn’t let the 28-year-old Australian get away. Instead, the breakaway kept the chasers at bay, which ended with Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) sprinting to victory. Kristian Sbaragli finished as the team’s best placed rider in 29th place after working hard on the final kilometers at the front of the chase group.
“On the final lap, only me and Nathan were left in the reduced peloton so I had to work hard trying to bring back the breakaway. They only had a few seconds as we took on the final climb, but we couldn’t close the gap so Nathan missed a good chance to fight for a top result. Personally, I feel my condition is quite good at the moment so I’m confident ahead of Amstel Gold Race on Sunday”.