MARK Renshaw is a man who made a name for himself as arguably the best lead out rider in the ranks of professional road cycling and now the next generation of sprinters are set to benefit.
The Bathurst product has signed up to ride another season for Dimension Data where he will not only add to his impressive road cycling resume, but share his experience too.
Renshaw initially joined the team on a three-year deal alongside Mark Cavendish and Bernhard Eisel and had been weighing up his options.
At the start of September when he headed to the Tour of Britain as Dimensions Data’s team leader, he had not signed up with the outfit for 2019.
But after success there – the team securing the king of the mountains jersey and best placed British rider honours – and given Renshaw’s expertise in the peloton, Dimension Data secured his services once more.
“Mark’s ability to navigate his way through the peloton and position his sprinter in the perfect spot is right up with the best ever. To have him with us not only to continue doing that for our current crop of sprinters, but also pass on that knowledge to the rest of our lead-out team, is fantastic,” team principal Douglas Ryder said.
“Mark staying with us is a big moment for our team. It’s not just the obvious amount of experience that he has on the World Tour, but it’s the huge success that he’s been a part of throughout his career.
“That will obviously play a big role as we look to stand on the top step of the podium more often in 2019.
“When Mark joined us in 2016 he quickly became part of a success story which I don’t think any of us imagined would have been possible. The memories from the Tour de France in that year are some of the most special we’ve had.”
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Next season will be Renshaw’s 16th as a professional and he is keen to once again made his presence felt.
In November he will join his team-mates for a training camp at Cape Town and amongst them will be sprinters keen to learn from a rider who’s record includes 10 starts in the Tour de France.
“This will be my fourth season with the team where we have had some great success over the past three years,” Renshaw said.
“Working with our new sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo next season as well seeing Ryan Gibbons continue to develop will be very exciting, I looking forward to helping him and our other leaders in the sprint finals next season in my favourite position of lead out rider.
“I will be sharing all my years of experience on the road to bring the team our best results. I can’t wait for 2019 to roll around.”