Mark Renshaw will pin on a number for the first time in 2019 as he’s selected to start in our seven-rider roster for Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.
The Australian was involved in a crash with a motor vehicle while training at home late last year but after a speedy recovery has been raring to return to racing.
He’s joined by a strong selection including Giacomo Nizzolo and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, who both rode completed Milan-Sanremo over the weekend.
They’re alongside Lars Bak who returns after being forced to abandon at Paris-Nice, along with Jay Thomson who last raced at the UAE Tour.
Completing the line-up is the experienced Jaco Venter and neo-pro Rasmus Tiller, both featured at Strade Bianchi.
This is one for the sprinters with Elia Viviani the defending champion. The majority of the WorldTour teams will be bringing their star sprinters and assuming they’re all provided the necessary protection from the elements at key moments, the result is likely to be decided in a bunch sprint.
He said it
“Following a really difficult start to the season after getting hit by a car in Australia while out training, it’s really made me work hard to come back to the level that I am.
“I’m really looking forward to starting racing again because I’ve put in a lot of work to come back ahead of schedule, from what the doctors told me. So I think that I will come back really strong and I’m really just looking forward to pinning a number on and getting back into the season.”
“Wednesday is the first of a couple of races in the north that are WorldTour races, Drie Daagse of de Panne. It’s a race with a long history, with it being always three days in the past but now it’s been reduced to one and it’s the first that it’s on the WorldTour calendar.
“It’s one for the sprinters, with some difficulties being the cobblestone sections at the Kemmel and also through De Moeren, which is well known for the echelons which will often be a big factor. We’re going for a big result with Giacomo Nizzolo and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.”