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MarkW

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2019 Giro d'Italia
« on: May 13, 2019, 06:32:35 AM »
Mark Renshaw has started his 17th Grand Tour on the weekend in the 2019 Giro d'Italia:
In 2005 Mark Renshaw got a Grand Tour Start in his first season solely focusing on the Road:

Mark Renshaw started his 17th Grand Tour on the weekend in the 102nd Giro d'Italia, this is made-up of 10 Tour de France, 2 Vuelta, and 5 Giro d Italia starts.

In the twilight of his wonderful career, it is ironic that he is back doing the Giro as the last time he did the event was back in 2012 but the Giro d Italia was the first Grand Tour he contested back in 2005.

Having come off the Athens Olympics Track program the year before, the 2005 Giro start with FDJ was very exciting and full of expectation as the young championship was having his first season specialising solely on the road.

The Giro d'Italia was particularly exciting as Renshaw was considered by the team as their best chance in the tour’s opening Prologue. Looking back it must have been a very stressful and emotional start to his career on that street in Reggio Calabria, and while the young champ looked calm and in control on the starting ramp he would finish only 2 seconds off the pink leaders jersey in 8th place overall in his Grand Tour debut. He was Française des Jeux best finisher in the prologue however Mark certainly has replayed the stage start in his head many times afterwards, as he had the talent to take that leaders jersey.


Young Mark Renshaw calming down before the 2005 Tour Prologue.

Although working for Baden Cooke, Mark Renshaw actually finished that first grand tour as Française des Jeux best placed rider on the Mountains Classification and the Point jersey equal with the very experienced Sandy Casar. Yet he never considered this statistic at any point, as his future in Grand Tours would be built around supporting teammates and what a magnificent career it would be. 


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Re: 2019 Giro d'Italia
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 06:40:36 AM »
Tough Tour:
Sadly Mark 17th Grand Tour doesn’t look that suitable to his Dimension Data Team, he would be keen to assist Italian Sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo take a stage in his home tour, however while many suggest the first half of the tour is for the sprinters there is not a classic sprint stage till the second week.
In fact maybe only stages 10 and 11 are the only real chance for a classic bunch sprint. Sure, the sprinters will dominate the first week however, they will be doing plenty of climbing and kilometres before the dash and that will favour the fast men with some climbing endurance.
That said it is still great to see Mark Renshaw back in the tour of Italy, and I expect if and opportunity does present itself, the Bathurst champ will grab it.

102nd Giro d'Italia - Team Dimension Data Roster - Giacomo Nizzolo, Scott Davies, Enrico Gasparotto, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Ryan Gibbons, Ben O'Connor, Mark Renshaw, Danilo Wyss

Stage 1- 8km Time Trial - Bologna
1 Roglic Primoz  2 Yates Simon 3 Nibali Vincenzo – 167 Mark Renshaw

Stage 2  205km - Fucecchio
1 Pascal Ackermann 2 Elia Viviani 3 Caleb Ewan – 134 Giacomo Nizzolo  167 Mark Renshaw

Keep up to date with the Giro with Anya Whitelaws impressive Western Advocate Coverage:
https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/6118969/renshaws-having-another-grand-ride-in-renowned-italian-tour/?cs=116
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Re: 2019 Giro d'Italia
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 07:56:36 AM »
102nd Giro d'Italia Results – Stage3 & 4
Dimension Data show their intentions with Italian Sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo finishing a solid 5th in the 220km Stage 3 to Orbetello. Bathurst Mark Renshaw was at the front of the bunch in the closing stages supporting Nizzolo who has never won a stage of his home tour although finishing on the podium 14 times.
Clearly if Mark Renshaw and Dimension Data team can get Nizzolo up for the win it will be quite a celebration. His fifth place in Stage 3 was significate as his 24th Top 5 finish in the Giro.

As expected, stage 4 was a difficult assignment however Australian Caleb Ewan impressed finishing 2nd behind Richard Carapaz. Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw finished 156th and Giacomo Nizzolo 144th.

BRIEF RESULTS
Stage 3 Orbetello - 1 Gaviria Fernando 2 Arnaud Demare 3 Pascal Ackermann 4 Matteo Moschetti 5 Giacomo Nizzolo 
Stage 4 – 1 Richard Carapaz – 144 Giacomo Nizzolo & 156 Mark Renshaw

See Anya’a coverage here --
https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/6122460/renshaws-team-has-improved-fortune-in-third-giro-stage/?cs=116