Two-time OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage winner Mark Renshaw – loved by cycling fans worldwide thanks to his years of service in support of Mark Cavendish – retired from the sport following Saturday’s finale in Greater Manchester.

The 36-year-old Australian rode on the same team as Cavendish during nine of his 17 seasons as a pro, including forming part of Team Dimension Data since 2016.

Arguably the greatest lead-out rider of all time, Renshaw claimed 12 victories during his career, two of which (including his last) came in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

“I’ve had a super good career and it’s nice to end it at the Tour of Britain,” said Renshaw. “We’ve had a great week here – beautiful sunshine every day and good, hard racing.”

Reflecting on his two stages victories in the event – Exmouth in 2011 and Llandudno three years later – he added: “I’ve got great memories of racing here. Both stage wins in the race came with Mark Cavendish as a team-mate.

“Llandundo was probably the highlight of the two stage wins; it was one of the nicest victories of my career. It was a bit of a surprise – victories are always sweeter when they come as a surprise!”

Renshaw’s career was celebrated in the race’s final podium ceremony on Manchester’s Deansgate on Saturday; he presented race director Mick Bennett with his race jersey from the week.

The final feed zone

The team from Sigma Sports, the Official Retail Partner of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, were on hand to capture Mark Renshaw’s last pass through a race feed zone. This one, however, was a bit different to normal…

His OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage wins

 

Stage five, 2011 – Exmouth: with a little help from Mark Cavendish

 

Stage two, 2014 – Llandudno: sprint victory along the Promendade

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