Mark Renshaw is in a race to be fit for the Tour de France

MARK Renshaw began his final preparations for this year’s Tour de France on Thursday in Slovenia, the Bathurst cyclist determined to build his fitness levels.

Since making his Tour de France debut in 2008, Renshaw has gone on to impress in the cycling classic for a number of teams. This July he is hoping to make his ninth appearance by being included in Dimension Data’s squad.

However, Renshaw is racing to be fully fit for the event following ankle surgery after he crashed in the Scheldeprijs in April.

“This is going to be the most underdone I’ve ever come into the Tour de France. I’m missing racing and I’m missing training, so it’s going to be hard, there is no doubt about it,” Renshaw told cyclingcentral.

RACING: Mark Renshaw hopes to be fit for the Tour de France.

RACING: Mark Renshaw hopes to be fit for the Tour de France.

The Tour of Slovenia is a four-stage event, which opens with a 159.4 kilometre leg from Koper to Kocevje. In last year’s edition Renshaw’s team snared two podiums.

The Tour de France runs from July 1-23.