The People’s Choice Classic, which serves as the curtain raiser to the Santos Tour Down Under, saw Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE) sprint to victory ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Adam Blythe (Tinkoff).
The 51km criterium race got off to a blistering start with attacks from the gun. Jaco Venter and Songezo Jim were both up there paying attention to the moves for our African Team. At such a high pace, nothing was getting away. No breakaway attempts ever got much more than a 15 second lead and so it was always destined to finish in a mass sprint.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was on the front foot for us today, winning the opening sprint prime and then taking 2nd in the next prime as well. When it came down to the sprint finish our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka boys were going head to head with Team Sky and Orica-GreenEDGE, before IAM Cycling swarmed to the front.
In the end, it was still the inform man, Ewan who took the win. Reinie was our highest placed finisher on the day, coming home in a credible 6th place for our African Team.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
We were really having some fun out there today. I managed to win the first prime and then 6th to end off the day. It’s good to get the season started and it was great that we could do so with such an enjoyable criterium.