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tgsgirl said:I don't think they'd get Stuart O'Grady to play along, and he has abandoned too. Quite a lot of others involved:
Bernhard Eisel (Team HTC-Columbia)
Tony Martin (Team HTC-Columbia)
Jakob Fuglsang (Team Saxo Bank)
Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo Test Team)
Lars Ytting Bak (Team HTC-Columbia)
Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo)
Brian Vandborg (Liquigas-Doimo)
Renshaw's job is to help his team. Mostly that is to be the last man blocking the wind for Cav in a bunch sprint, but it is not exclusively that. If he can block wind for Rodgers attempting to take the GC, then I have no doubt that HTC is glad to have him there - and likely, so is Cav.tgsgirl said:That's not his job though.
Also, I don't think it's a matter of "sending" the "right" rider in the break, but rather Renshaw found himself in the break that got away. I mean, Grischa Niermann is in the break as well, he's no breakaway artist either.tgsgirl said:Thanks. Guess the wrong man is better than no man at all.
theyoungest said:Also, I don't think it's a matter of "sending" the "right" rider in the break, but rather Renshaw found himself in the break that got away. I mean, Grischa Niermann is in the break as well, he's no breakaway artist either.
I'd add that if it looks like the break won't succeed, Renshaw will sit up and not contribute to the break. Especially if Liquigas or Saxo is driving the peleton.theyoungest said:Also, I don't think it's a matter of "sending" the "right" rider in the break...
Let's meet our riders currently off the front.
Mark Renshaw (Team HTC-Columbia) is a 27-year-old Australian in his 8th year as a professional. He's in his second season with HTC-Columbia and previously rode for the French teams Credit Agricole and Francais des Jeux.
He's perhaps best known as teammate Mark Cavendish's preferred final lead-out man, which makes his appearance in the break rather curious. Since he's got the speed to be the rider responsible for turning Cavendish loose in the finale, he's no slouch in his own right at the end of a race and has taken victories in the Circuit Franco-Belge, the Tour Down Under, the Tour de Picardie and the Tro-Bro Leon over the years.
kjetilraknerud said:Anyway, I can't see how Cavendish, in any kind of form, can get up that climb and win the stage. So I don't really see the problem with having Renshaw up the road.