ANTALYA, Turkey (VN) — Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) landed his first victory of the season in his first foray as the go-to man at the Tour of Turkey Wednesday.
After spending much of his career developing into the preeminent setup man in the game, the Aussie took the chance to try his own luck as the closer for Rabobank in the wake of the closure of the High Road franchise last year.
Since joining Rabobank, however, Renshaw’s search for that elusive first victory continued through the spring classics, despite some close calls. He’s racing this week at the Tour of Turkey, and in Wednesday’s fourth stage punched through to the top step on the podium in an excruciatingly narrow photo finish over Matthew Goss (GreenEdge).
VeloNews caught up with Renshaw before stage 4 to talk sprints, Cavendish and the art of the set-up:
VeloNews: How have the first few months gone integrating to Rabobank? They are very Dutch, right?
Mark Renshaw: It’s always a little bit hard to fit in with a new team, but things have been going really good. I have had great form, but no wins to date. I am working on that, and am getting closer. It’s a matter of getting the train going and setting it up. It’s still very Dutch. It’s a lot different than what I’ve been in. It takes time to adjust, but all the guys are great. We’re starting to come together as a team.
VN: Who is there on the team to set you up for the sprints, something that you used to doing?
MR: We got (Theo) Bos here and (Graeme) Browne. Browne is probably the best lead-out rider on Rabobank, so we will put Bos on his wheel, and I will behind him. We will probably rotate every now and then with Theo, and we will both get a chance.
VN: So you made the move to Rabobank to take your own chances? Did you simply reach a point when you wanted to try?
MR: Of course, I wanted this opportunity. Had I stayed with
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