The Beast powers to a painful second in Saudi

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and his teammates put behind them a slew of painful crashes to clinch second place on stage three of the Saudi Tour.

The stage was won by Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-McLaren) with Youcef Reguigui t hird and Carlos Barbero fighting into 4th place.

That result saw Barbero claim one place to 6th on GC with Bauhaus also now taking the overall lead from Rui Costa (UAE). NTT Pro Cycling remain fifth in the team standings.

What made Janse van Resnburg’s effort even more remarkable was that he’d lost a large portion of skin following his big crash on Wednesday, and excellent work from our medical staff ensured that he, Enrico Gasparotto and Barbero all were able to keep racing.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg

Finally found some better luck here in the desert. It’s what the team deserved after some really good riding over the last few days. We really kept things in control and Carlos was also able to steal a few seconds so our GC is for today, and for today we’re happy with second and fourth place.

Bahrain played it really smartly today, unfortunately Bauhaus is a pretty hard guy to close in the last 300m but that’s how it goes so second place, happy with that for today.