Back to Belgium:
Bathursts Mark Renshaw will be back on the bike this weekend in the Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne. There is always plenty of hype around the start of the cycling season in Belgium with the Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne events drawing good fields and considered semi classics by local fans.
Often contested in freezing conditions it has been quite a while since Mark travelled to Belgium for the opening of the season, yet he is suited to the Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne course which favours the tough riding power riders; Chris Sutton winning last year and Tom Bonnen winning twice in the last 5 years.
A much younger Renshaw put up a great ride in 2006 to finish in the top 12 behind Nick Nuyens (Boonen 3rd) when riding for Credit Agricole. An older and stronger Renshaw will be keen to better that result with his new team Rabobank in 2012.