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‘I feel like I’m a more complete rider than ever’ — the national champion who can’t find a professional contract

'I feel like I'm a more complete rider than ever' — the national champion who can't find a professional contract

"It’s definitely difficult to see the races that are already going on," Reinardt Janse van Rensburg explains. "It’s really odd for me to watch the…

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"It’s definitely difficult to see the races that are already going on," Reinardt Janse van Rensburg explains.

"It’s really odd for me to watch the races at the moment," he says. "I’ve got a feeling that I need to be there. Especially Opening Weekend and Le Samyn. I’m following all the results, everything but I haven’t been watching that much to be honest. It’s not a nice feeling watching on TV."

It’s March, and the South African is still without a professional team. Since Qhubeka-NextHash ceased to exist at the end of last year, he is one of the few riders who has not decided to retire from professional cycling, or has been fortunate enough to find another team.

He has not given up his search for a team, the hope that he can find a ride for 2022, even this late in the year.

"I’ve had some good discussions with some teams, some WorldTour, some ProTeams," he tells Cycling Weekly from his home in Pretoria. "We had some chats, but in the end, nothing really materialised. So at the end of the year, I was stuck without a team. And all the teams came back to me and said all their budgets are tied up, or they are full. It was not a good situation."

It still is not a good situation for the 33-year old. Despite eight years of WorldTour experience, he has not found an end to his exile from the ranks of professional cycling, and Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico have already […]

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