The Deutschland Tour concluded in Stuttgart with Nils Politt (Katusha) winning the fourth and final stage.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg once again was in really good form, sprinting for the line from around 450m to go before just being beaten in the final metres to take 5th place.
Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) was second and Damiano Caruso (BMC) finished 3rd on the day.
An early break was finally reduced to 2 riders who spent most of the 207km stage away. Bahrain first taking up the effort to control the gap at around the 6 minute mark. After the feedzone, ourselves –
spearheaded by Bernie Eisel, Mark Renshaw and Jay Thomson – and Bora-hansgrohe took up a position on the front as the race all came together within the final 20km.
Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Scott Davies once again playing key roles in securing ‘Reinie’s’ position in the final stages.
A series of circuits brought the race to a close, featuring a short, sharp climb and flying descent into the final flat finish where Janse van Rensburg went for broke but just missed out on a top-3.
He finished 5th on the day, 7th on the GC & third in the green jersey category with Mohoric the overall race winner.
Rolf Aldag – Head of Performance
It was really good to see the commitment, the guys killing themselves for Reinie. It’s good for Reinie getting his own chance and trying to go for a result.
He’s such a good team player, we saw that in the Tour where he did that all race long. He was a just a little off in his timing in the bottleneck at the sprints because I’m 100% convinced he would have won a stage here. So I’m pretty happy, him and the team did a really good job at this race.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
I am very happy with the form that I showed here in Germany. After a difficult start to the season, it looks like I am coming back into my best condition again.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get a victory here, but with a bit more luck it could have been very different.
I am looking forward to my next races GP Quebec and GP Montreal in Canada. I love those races, and it suits me pretty well. So hopefully we can grab some good results there.