Reinardt races to Cycle Challenge victory

first_imgThose overseas wins include the overall title in the Tour de Bretagne, the Ronde van Overijssel, the Circuit de Wallonie and the Ronde van Zeeland, as well as the points’ title in the Tour of Portugal. Little wonder then that he has been signed up by an overseas team. Laws, who recently signed with Momentum Toyota, South Africa’s leading women’s professional road race team, took the fight to the rest of the field, breaking away with 50 kilometres to go, and going on to win by over five minutes in a time of two hours, 39 minutes and 34 seconds. Excellent resultsThe MTN Qhubeka star’s results in 2012 have included winning the national time trial title, becoming only the second rider after his team-mate Arran Brown to win the Cycle Challenge and Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in the same year, and 14 overseas victories. Fellow Brit, Catherine Williamson of team bizhub FCF claimed second place, with South African time trial champion, Cherise Stander (Momentum Toyota), the 2010 Cycle Challenge winner in third place in her last competitive road race for the foreseeable future. From next year she will follow in the footsteps of her husband, Burry, and concentrate on mountain biking. Women’s raceBritish road racing champion Sharon Laws, who was a controversial omission from the British team for the London Olympics, convincingly ended Ashley Moolman-Pasio’s bid to become the first rider to win the Argus, the South African Road Championship, the African Continental Championship and the Cycle Challenge in the same year. The Cycle Challenge was, however, the last race for Janse van Rensburg with MTN Qhubeka. After an excellent season, he has signed a two-year contract with the Netherlands-based Team Argos-Shimano. Second place went to Johann Rabie of Team Bonitas, two second behind the winner, with defending champion Arran Brown of MTN Qhubeka in third a further six seconds off the pace. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio had said she was tired when she returned from the African Continental Cycling Championships on Burkina Faso on Wednesday, but she nonetheless managed fourth place ahead of Joanna van de Winkel, giving Momentum Toyota four of the top five finishers. ‘It was great to win’“It was great to win today for my new team. We went into the race with no chosen leader, but decided to make the pace as hard as possible. I was just fortunate that my move stuck and I was the one that could win today,” Laws said afterwards. It was an emotional victory for the 23-year-old, who crossed the finishing line in two hours, 10 minutes, and 19 seconds; he rode the race in memory of his father, who had passed away two weeks before the event. Over 25 000 riders took to the roads of Johannesburg on Sunday, with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg capturing the men’s title in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge and Sharon Laws becoming the first non-South African to win the women’s race. 20 November 2012 “Although I had a long solo ride, I must thank my teammates for their role in my win. It was most certainly very much a team success today.” “I’m not a great sprinter and breakaways suit me better. It wasn’t planned that I’d go so far out though, but when I realised I was making good progress over the hills and into a rather disconcerting headwind, I just kept at it. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Watch first promo: Dashing Salman announces Bigg Boss 6

first_imgThe makers have released the first promo of Bigg Boss 6 and it’s already making news! Actor-host Salman Khan announced the new season of the popular reality show. The new promo looks awesome especially with Salman Khan making a cool statement with his sophisticated looks. Sporting grey stubble and looking every bit handsome that he is, Salman says, “Celebrity banne ki ab aap ki hai bari. To come inside the Bigg Boss mansion, pay attention.”Khan will return as the Bigg Boss host for the third time in a row, and with commoners as the participants, the show enters another level this season. One question which is in the minds of everyone is that – what about the celebrities? Will keeping away celebs take out much fun from the show?Reports in the media said that the Bigg Boss makeover is the brainchild of Salman Khan, who envisions the show as a family show. With all the bickering and foul languages being used on the previous editions of the show, it raised lot of questions over it bweing a family show.Salman Khan apparently wanted a cleaner Bigg Boss suitable for family viewing.Catch Salman Khan in the first promo of Bigg Boss 6: More on Bigg Boss 6Will an image makeover work for Bigg Boss 6?Thriving on in-house arguments, bitching, back stabbing, using foul language and seducing was the last season of reality show Bigg Boss.With the sixth season of the reality show in pipeline, the latest is that the upcoming season will be a much cleaner version. As per the latest reports, Bigg Boss 6 will be a wholesome entertainer with personalities from all walks of wife. The makers of the show have decided upon roping in sincere personalities for the show while shying away from the controversial and negativity status of earlier seasons of Bigg Boss. As a result of which, Bigg Boss 6 will be without the controversial characters.advertisementBig Boss? Not again, says Sunny LeoneIt was her big ticket to Bollywood- but Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone says she would never go back to the Bigg Boss house.Sunny told IANS: “I would never go back to the house again… it is insane, it is crazy. But what it did for me is it opened the doors, opened a new world – something that I had never imagined.”last_img read more

Our mission is to gain full majority in Rajya Sabha, says Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgVenkaiah NaiduFlaying Congress’s “negative role”, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP is embarking on a mission aimed at giving “total power to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for development” by getting full majority for the party and its allies in Rajya Sabha on Sunday.   Instead of playing the role of constructive opposition, which is the need of the hour to put the economy back on track, Congress is “blatantly playing out a negative role,” Naidu alleged at a press conference.   To rejuvenate economic growth, the Modi government wants to take forward certain legislations, including those that were initiated by the previous Congress-led UPA government, that enable increased flow of investments, he said.   “Ironically, Congress is playing delaying tactics without any valid reasons. They are objecting to their own legislative proposals. How does one explain this?” he asked.   “Questionable conduct of Congress party gives out only one message that NDA government led by Modi should have clear majority in Rajya Sabha also so that development-oriented legislations are not obstructed by our opponents,” the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.   The Congress is shouting “Nahi Chalega, Nahi Chalega Modi” in Parliament, he said.   “If the writ of Modi does not run, whose writ will run? Is that of the ‘divisive and disgusted’ defeated Congress party and its co-travellers? Congress is adopting ‘obstruct Modi in Parliament mission’,” he alleged.   The Congress wants to hold NDA government responsible for some communal incidents not in any BJP-ruled state but in Uttar Pradesh, ruled by its political “co-traveller”, Samajwadi Party, he said.   “We can expect desperate and frustrated Congress and its fellow travellers to more intensely pursue divisive politics based on caste, creed and religion in pursuance of their goal of ‘stop the march of Modi’.   “Now, BJP’s mission should be ‘total power to Modi for development’. Strategy to achieve this mission would be victory of BJP and its allies in all the Assembly polls that are going to be held from now on so that NDA government gets full majority in Rajya Sabha. This is essential to translate the Lok Sabha verdict of growth and development into reality,” Naidu said.   He said cadres of BJP and its allies in poll-bound states should seek two votes – one for local government and another for ‘Modi government’ – to accomplish Modi’s “Mission of development”.advertisementlast_img read more