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Renshaw looks to bounce back in World Ports Classic

Mark Renshaw will try to bounce back in the World Ports Classic this Friday and Saturday. The Australian sprinter reluctantly cancelled participating in the Vuelta a España due to illness, but will be Belkin Pro Cycling Team’s leader in the race between Rotterdam and Antwerp.

“Of course, it was a pity for Mark that he couldn’t go to Spain, but I’m glad he will now ride this race instead,” said Sports Director Jan Boven. “Mark is a dangerous contender in this race and without Mark it would have been very difficult to match last year’s ride. Even still, we’ll still face a tough job.”

Renshaw, who led the Eneco Tour earlier this month, placed fifth in last year’s first stage. Theo Bos triumphed in the second one.

Ivar Slik debuts
Stagiaire Ivar Slik will make his first appearance in Belkin’s green and black colours in the World Ports Classic. “I expect Ivar just to do his best and work together with his teammates,” added Boven. “Cycling at this level is new to him and it wouldn’t be fair to expect miracles. He’s here to learn. I spoke to him on the phone this week and he has a lot of enthusiasm.”

Team line-up: Jos van Emden, Rick Flens, Mark Renshaw, Ivar Slik, Bram Tankink, Maarten Tjallingii and Maarten Wynants

Sports Director: Jan Boven

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