Mark Renshaw thanked Mark Cavendish after a role-reversal helped Renshaw to take stage five of the Tour of Britain in Exmouth this afternoon.

The sight of the Australian leading-out his British team-mate has become the norm, but this afternoon Cavendish was happy to watch the Rabobank-bound rider cross the line first.

Speaking afterwards, Renshaw said: “I dare say he wasn’t giving 110% (at the finish)! There’s been a lot of times I’ve helped him to victories so it was great to see him help me win a stage.

“The plan was to work for Cav like all the time. I made sure I was first through the corner at 250 (metres to go) and put the head down and went from there.

“I think I was quite lucky; I maybe put one or two lengths into him through the corner and he probably hesitated a second or two to give me a few metres advantage.”

Mark Renshaw on podium after stage win, Tour of Britain 2011, stage five



Renshaw on the podium

The winning doesn’t stop here

The victory was the 501st since Bob Stapleton took over from the remains of the T-Mobile team, but Renshaw believes there’s more to come before the squad folds at the end of the season.

“I’d like to say it would be (the final victory) but I dare say it will knowing this team.

“The success we’ve had has been unbelievable. I’ve been a part of many victories with the team, not only with Mark but with Andre Greipel, Greg Henderson and Edvald Boasson Hagen. I think that’s probably well over 150 just with those four so I’m very privileged.”

He added: “It’s going to be quite difficult next year seeing the riders disperse among the teams. It’s going to be very open but I’m looking forward to that.”

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  • Dave S

    Hmmm. Maybe the Aussies left Renshaw out of their Worlds squad becasue they were afraid he might ‘accidentally’ assist Cav in the sprint. Conflict of interest?