No luck in Italian one-day classic for Mark Renshaw's team

MARK Renshaw and his Dimension Data team-mates did not get the sprint finish they were hoping for in the annual Milano-San Remo on Saturday, a late breakaway thwarting their hopes.

DENIED: Mark Renshaw did not get a sprint finish in Italy.

DENIED: Mark Renshaw did not get a sprint finish in Italy.

At 291 kilometres, the Milano-San Remo is the longest one-day race on the professional road cycling calendar and therefore draws a strong field.

Renshaw, who first contested the Italian classic in 2004, was hoping to get the chance to assist either Mark Cavendish or Edvald Boasson Hagen in a sprint to the line.

Dimension Data did well to protect their two hopes, but on the final climb of the race – the Poggio – three riders got away from the bunch. 

Michal Kwiatkowski got the nod in a tight sprint finish ahead of Peter Sagan. The Bathurst talent crossed the line some eight minutes later.

“We came here with high hopes, aiming to win the race, so, obviously, this is a disappointing result for us,” Dimension Data sports director Roger Hammond said.