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MarkW

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2017 Belgium Spring
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:25:52 AM »
Falls playing havoc with Mark Renshaw early race season:
After a couple of falls the season Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw is hoping that a few days off might get him bouncing back to form for the GP Scheldeprijs which is an event he has always performed well at in the past.

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Re: 2017 Belgium Spring
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 09:26:31 AM »
Renshaw back in the the GP Scheldeprijs in 2017.

Bathurst Champion Cyclists Mark Renshaw next is the 105th running of the GP Scheldeprijs which is the Belgium Spring Event which he has had the most success. Although he didn’t race the event last year when Dimension Data opted for him to race the Ronde van Vlaanderen. This year he is back in next Wednesday’s  Scheldeprijs which he has ridden 7 times with a number of top 20 finished generally after completing his domestic lead-out duties.

After success back in February when Mark Cavendish won stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour it would seem Dimension Data is keen to get Cavendish back on the Podium; as Mark Renshaw is part of a very impressive Dimension Data sprint train at the GP Scheldeprijs. The Team is likely to included Boasson-Hagen, Van Rensburg Eisel and Tyler Farrar who is a past winner of the race. Mark Cavendish is a 3 times winner of the event and has been frustratingly close in the last few years (runner up last year and in 2013).

Andre Greipel and French sprinter Arnaud Demare are already on record as targeting the 2017 event other likely starters included Bouhanni, Wippert, Groenewegen, Van Poppel, Arndt, Nizzolo and Peter Sagan is penciled in as a possible starter however his massive work load at the moment may see the team commit to Sam Bennett.

However all eyes will be on the Ettix QuickStep Bus as Marcel Kittel is the winner of 4 of the last 5 running of the GP Scheldeprijs with Alexander Kristoff victory in 2015 the only time he has missed victory in the last 5 years.

With the UCI World Tour ranking system not necessarily suiting the Dimension Data Team, this year’s 105th running of the GP Scheldeprijs looks an opportunity to boost up the early 2017 season. So expect plenty of local interest in the event from all Renshaw fans back in Bathurst...

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Re: 2017 Belgium Spring
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 09:27:14 AM »
Renshaw crashes in final Km's of the Scheldeprijs:

Been a tough spring for Bathurst Champion Mark Renshaw crashing for the second time in a fortnight in the GP Scheldeprijs overnight.
The incidents happen with only around 3 km to go in the Belgium Spring Sprinters Classic which was being held for the 105th time, with Renshaw hoping to be only the second Aussie to win the prestigious Belgium event behind Aussie Sprinting legend Robbie McEwen. 
Renshaw taken out by a rider who was flung from one side of the road to the other after touching wheels. He sat dazed on the road for some time before getting in the Data Dimension Team Car and going to the hospital to check his ankle.
It certainly was a disappointing end to the Scheldeprijs for Mark as he was looking good in the final stages in an event; plus it is a race he has performed well in the past, having first start way back in 2004 for FDJ when Tom Boonen took the win. That being symbolic as the 2017 event was Boonen final race in Belgium with the very popular champion having his final race in next week’s Paris-Rubiux; obviously the race became a huge celebration of Boonen amazing career.
In the end it was Boonens Quick-Step Floors team mate Marcel Kittel that easily defeated Elia Viviani and Nacer Bouhanni with Kittel quick to praise Boonen for his assistance in the final kilometers of the race.

See More here -- http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/scheldeprijs-2017/results/