Blanco sprinter Mark Renshaw took his first win of the season in the Clásica Almeria (Spain). He beat Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (Argos-Shimano) and Francesco Lasca (Caja-Rural Seguros) to the finish line after 183 kilometres. It’s the ninth victory for the Blanco Pro Cycling Team. The focus on developing lead-outs has gotten the sprint train on track.
“In the team meeting we discussed the tactics for today. We would aim for a sprint. During the race it was always Juanma Garate and David Tanner looking after me. On the hills Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema, Wilco Kelderman and Laurens ten Dam made sure there where not to many explosions. Stef Clement followed the moves in the peloton continuously, by chasing the breakaways. It was really impressive to have this level of riders helping me to the victory. I was a collective victory of the team,” said Mark Renshaw after the race.
“We where expecting a sprint today. The team really showed some initiative in the race. The guys where pulling in the front on the uphill parts of the race, so other sprinters would be dropped. 15 kilometres from the finish line we controlled the bunch and prepared the lead-out for Mark. David Tanner dropped Mark of in the front for him to finish things off and take his first win this year,” explained coach Merijn Zeeman.