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(Click for larger image) Mark Renshaw (Skilled) corners on his way to overall victory in the 2007 Jayco Bay Cycling Classic Series.
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Mark my words! The Mark Renshaw diary

One of Australia's brightest up-and-coming sprint talents, 24 year-old Bathurst boy Mark Renshaw is drawing ever closer to making his mark within the ProTour peloton. Scoring an early season victory at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic as well as being crowned overall winner, there's no doubt this man is in form. Now up against some of the best in the world at the Tour Down Under, can Marky Mark take this form to the next level?

January 19 - Stage 3: Stirling - Victor Harbor, 128km

Comforts of home

As I predicted, the break was going to go early, but it went much earlier than even I expected. I think my teammate Christophe attacked first and the break just rode away. I was a little disappointed that I didn't make it today, because I had good legs. I tried to get across a few times but got brought back. One time I got away with Robbie Hunter who was going crazy through the corners, so I backed off, and two corners later he was on the deck!

But it wasn't too uncomfortable today, especially compared to last year when it was 45 degrees! We could complain but we all knew it could have been worse.

The hotel here is really good and the food is nice. Last night I ate out with my family. That's the best part about this race for us Aussies, we can get our family down to watch and enjoy the comforts of home. I like the coffee down here, though it probably isn't as good as say Italy, but you can't beat a good Australian steak and I haven't seen kangaroo on the menus in France!

Tomorrow I will be taking it real easy. I can't see it being a sprint finish with the Hill 15km from the finish. I'll put all my eggs in one basket, leaving it for Sunday and hope I am faster than McEwen, Hunter, Cookie and all those guys. Cookie looked pretty good today, but at the Open Road Championships he looked good, so it wasn't a surprise he won today.

Catchya tomorrow,