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New challenges await Van Rensburg, Laws

2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge champion Janse van Rensburg is looking forward to starting his 2013 season with new team Argos-Shimano in the Netherlands, where he will be based for the next two years.

"This was my last race here in South Africa for the foreseeable future," said Van Rensburg after winning the men's event of the Cycle Challenge on Sunday in Johannesburg.

"Its also my last race with MTN-Qhubeka, who I've been with for the past few years.

"I'm going overseas next year to a Dutch team, they compete in Europe and not SA. I will be there for two years at least and hope to perform well."

Van Rensburg wrapped his season in style by winning the Cycle Challenge on Sunday, crossing the line in two hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds.

Bonitas rider Johann Rabie was just two seconds behind, with Arran Brown (MTN-Qhubeka) third, a further six seconds behind.

Van Rensburg became the second rider to have won the Cycle Challenge and the Cape Argus in the same year.

Brown took the honours in 2009.

"It feels good to end my year and my time in the country with this win, this was really a great season for me, " said Van Rensburg.

Meanwhile British road race champion Sharon Laws, who competed for the first time in the new team colours of Momentum Toyota, dominated the women's race.

She finished comfortably in 2:39:34. Fellow British rider Catherine Williamson finished second with South African time trial champion Cherise Stander claiming third place.

"It was amazing here and was great to win for my new team," said Laws, who made history by becoming the first non-South African to win the women's race at the Cycle Challenge.

"I'm now looking forward to fresh challenges on a new team when the South African race season starts in January."


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