MARK Renshaw’s impressive record in the Tour of Britain literally took on a new dimension when the 2018 edition of the cycling event drew to a close on Sunday.
It was because the talented Bathurst cyclist found success as leader of the young Dimension Data team in the eight-stage tour.
While Renshaw’s previous participations in the Tour of Britain had delivered a pair of stage wins and five additional top 10 finishes, this year it was more about guiding his team-mates.
And guide them he did.
Personally Renshaw still managed to place 15th on the stage four and stage eight bunch sprints at Royal Leamington Spa and London respectively, but more impressively, his team picked up two awards.
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Nic Dlamini finished as the King of the Mountains and Scott Davies as the top British rider.
“Awesome ride by the young fella’s in the team,” Renshaw said.
Those two successes were set up in the queen stage as Renshaw rallied his team to keep Dlamini at the top of the climbs category after two ascents of the Whinlatter Pass, then put Davies in position to attack in the concluding kilometres.
“It was a really good stage for the team. The start was pretty hectic with some crosswinds, so we had to regroup there in the start,” Renshaw said.
“Our main focus was to keep the KoM jersey with Nic so we made sure that he was in a good position to follow the guy who had the most points in the bunch.
“We then kind of did well in the climbs with Nic and moved our focus to Scott to make sure that we could put him in a great position.”