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World Track Championships - CM

Melbourne, Australia, May 26-30, 2004

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Tales from the track

News and gossip from day 1 of the Melbourne World Track Championships

By Karen Forman in Melbourne

Unlucky day for Renshaw

Mark Renshaw (Australia)
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Australian first-year FdJeux.com roadie Mark Renshaw had had high hopes for the points race at the World Track Championships in Melbourne tonight, but bad luck intervened. Renshaw didn't manage to amass the points he wanted in the early stages of the race and then crashed out just before the end.

"I had a couple of goes but there were always a couple of guys there going too and nothing seemed to stick," he said. "I didn't have any luck at all."

Then, about 10 laps from the finish, he slipped on an advertising sign painted on the timber track. "The Uruguay rider was coming up the track sharply as I was coming down. There were two to three laps till the next sprint so I wasn't expecting anyone to be doing that, I didn't realise they would swing up so soon.

"It was all our fault, really." Renshaw landed heavily on his hip but said he didn't think he was injured. "It was more of a shock than anything," he said as he rolled his legs over on a trainer, several ice bags attached, afterwards."

His next event for the championships is the teams pursuit on Saturday, for which Australia is hailed as one of the favourites.

More Day 1 News from the Melbourne World Track Championships

By Karen Forman in Melbourne