Jacques Janse van Rensburg
Jacques has always loved sport and says he would be a sports doctor if he were not a professional cyclist. Born and raised in the Free State, he says the bicycle is everything to him and he doesn’t enjoy the off season.
2014 was somewhat of a breakthrough year for Jacques after he overcame some health issues in the December of 2013. Jacques went on to win the Mzansi Tour overall and also showed some classy climbing talent at the Tour of Langkawi, Luxembourg and Coppa Bartali. His consistency netted him a spot in the 2014 Vuelta squad. This was the perfect build up to the 2015 season where he rode an incredible debut Tour de France while wearing the national champions jersey of South Africa.
Jacques went on to start the 2016 season on a high, winning the combination classification of the Tour of Oman with another solid showing at the Vuelta a Espana too. In 2017 Jacques confirmed his climbing pedigree at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. With 5 grand tours under his belt now, Jacques will be a major asset to Louis Meintjes during the fight for grand tour GC in the year to come.
Birth Place: Springs, South Africa
Turned Professional: 2013
Rider Type: Climber
4th Stage 10 Vuelta a Espana
Tour of Oman Combination Classification
National Championships South Africa
3rd African Championships
5th GC Tour of Oman
Stage 1 Mzansi Tour
GC Tour of Eritrea
Stage 2 Tour of Eritrea