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Renshaw, Uran to Omega Pharma-QuickStep

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August 1, 2013, 13:10,
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Rigoberto Uran (Sky)

Rigoberto Uran (Sky)

  • Rigoberto Uran (Sky)
  • Rigoberto Uran (Sky) sets the pace in the day's final climb
  • Blanco sprinter, Mark Renshaw (Blanco)
  • Mark Renshaw (Blanco) celebrates as he crosses the line to win Clásica de Almería 2013

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Australian re-unites with sprinter Cavendish

Mark Renshaw and Rigoberto Uran have signed with Omega Pharma-QuickStep for the coming two years, the Belgian team announced Thursday afternoon. Renshaw comes from Team Belkin and Uran from Team Sky.

Uran “is one of the best climbers of his generation,” the team's press release claimed. This year he finished second overall in the Giro d'Italia after winning the tenth stage from Cordenons to Altopiano del Montasio. In 2012 he won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics road race.That same year he was the best young rider in the Giro and finished seventh overall. He gives the team a much-needed GC candidate.

"I am very pleased that I can race on a team as important as Omega Pharma - QuickStep," said Urán. "And that I can contribute to the growth of the team. The first time I came to Europe I was very close to signing with the team but then everything went up in smoke. After a few years our paths have crossed again.”

"Rigoberto's arrival reinforces our team as far as the major Tours are concerned," said team manager Patrick Lefevere. "Urán is a top rider and his talent on climbs goes without saying. On our team he will find an atmosphere and a group of riders who are ready to support him."

Renshaw will lead out sprints once again for Cavendish. The two previously rode together from 2009 to 2011. The Australian has been with Team Rabobank/Belkin the last two years, where he tried to establish himself as a sprinter in his own right. He had many top ten finishes, but only one win, at this year's Clasica de Almeria.

"Mark is one of the most appreciated riders in his work as a lead-out man," says Patrick Lefevere. "His arrival is important to improve our potential in the preparation and execution of sprints for Cavendish, whom he already knows quite well. Mark will also be important for any eventual sprint by Boonen and when necessary he will put his experience to the service of our young sprinter Andy Fenn."

Renshaw. called Omega Pharma-QuickStep "one of the best teams in the world which I am looking forward to be a part of. Of course, after a couple of years apart, riding on the same team as my good friend Mark Cavendish again is something I am going to enjoy. It will be great returning to lead-out duty's fighting for victories with Cav. Hopefully we will celebrate many wins with him and the rest of the team."

Rob Farrington More than 1 year ago
So now OPQS have great sprinters, classics guys, time trialists and climbers. Wonder if they can do a better job at making them work together than BMC.
chechu More than 1 year ago
Good fortune to Rigoberto and OPQS now have access to all Sky's secret training don't they!!!!
mikeyb More than 1 year ago
well except receiving a training program is vastly different to designing one.
indurain666 More than 1 year ago
Exactly, great move by OPQS, now they know their "training programme", next step is to figure it out how to fund it, since I've heard its not cheap. We will find out for sure next season if we see OPQS flying like sky in 2011
Ian Barber More than 1 year ago
Wow, four exclamation marks. Four exclamation marks that signal a clear defamation of character lawsuit. Special training indeed. I saw the inside information from Michael Rodger did Saxo-Tinkoff a world of good this year!!!! What a choa d.
DaleUK More than 1 year ago
They had that anyway from Cav last year, its a bit different actually putting it in to practice and living at altitude in Tenerife climbing a Volcano hour after hour day after day , when your sponsor is requesting you get some results elsewhere. Its very difficult to compete with the depth of squad at Sky.
PascalLap More than 1 year ago
TDF 2014: Cav, Renshaw, Pettacchi, Trentin, Martin, Pineau, Peter Velits, Kwiatkowski, Uran?
sck451 More than 1 year ago
Good looking team, that.
Daniel Corredor More than 1 year ago
Hope they sign a few Colombians to support Uran in the mountains.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
I doubt they'll go for too many to support Uran, if their main focus stays on saving Cav for the sprints.
Lightening Toke More than 1 year ago
That would be a cool mix. Belgian classics riders and Columbian climbers. The team would have a lot of fans.
João Teixeira More than 1 year ago
Atapuma would be a great name to support Uran, no?? I'm loving his season so far...
kevinzamora More than 1 year ago
So, is Chavanel's leaving confirmed?
Ian Barber More than 1 year ago
If I was Uran I'd avoid touring with Cavendish like the plague. OPQS should have one team going for the GC in one tour and a lead out train in the other two. They almost have the quality now. Perhaps just short of 1-2 climbers.
jozzaCH More than 1 year ago
Velits is leaving
chucko More than 1 year ago
Lets see how Uran does in a team that doesn't have as good a setup as Sky! The sport is full of riders who thought the grass was greener on the other side!
Daniel Corredor More than 1 year ago
Better to be a leader in a smaller team than a maid in the Sky
wigvelo More than 1 year ago
Sky is a hard team to get freedom I agree, still most who leave dont preform better. It will be interesting to see how Rigo will do. Also what if Cav wants team to chase all day on a flat stage that is the day before a mountain top finish? Different team maybe, but could be faced with the same problems.
Daniel Corredor More than 1 year ago
As long as Uran has 2 guys with him in the mountains he should be fine. Let the BIG teams to kill each other in the mountains. They will have to profit from the work of others.
GoatHerd More than 1 year ago
Yes, look at Michael Rogers... Rode prominently at last year`s TDF, this year the man was a lot less visible.
Ian Barber More than 1 year ago
Thats bullocks. You can't hide in the shadows forever. Sky have Froome and Wiggins and Porte ahead of him. Plus young up and comers in Kennaugh and Thomas who would likely get the nod over him in years to come because they are British. I think it's the right move for him. He's guaranteed to be a protected rider in at least one Grand Tour.
Eric Redrup More than 1 year ago
I remember another team not so long ago that had loads of guys that looked like leaders (Heras, Hamilton, Landis) and we now know the secret to that setup.
chucko More than 1 year ago
Yes but many of the other riders were doping too so it's a non-argument really!
Citius More than 1 year ago
Great news for both OPQS and Rigoberto! A can´t wait to see some epic battles between Sky, OPQS, Movistar and Cannondale in the big mountains in 2014. Uran vs. Quintana vs. Froome vs. Nibali.
Citius More than 1 year ago
...sorry, I meant Astana in Nibali´s case...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Serious question, ... if Renshaw is still the best lead out man in the world would he not have got picked for Belkin's TdF team?
rider1000 More than 1 year ago
They were shooting for a completely GC oriented team, which got them 2 riders in the top 15. They didn't bring anyone for sprints, probably because being a great lead-out man doesn't necessarily make you faster than the fastest sprinters.
Ian Barber More than 1 year ago
To support which sprinter exactly?
Wheelsucker11 More than 1 year ago
Theo Bos. This combination has worked a number of times, even beat Cavendish on a few occasions.
Ian Barber More than 1 year ago
Why do all Colombians look 30 years older than they actually are. There must've been some rough paper rounds.
Daniel Corredor More than 1 year ago
well it is because of the hard life they had when little besides Botero all Colombian riders have come from very humble origins. For instance, Uran used to sell lottery tickets in the street. Quintana worked in the fields and Betancur used to pick up coffee in a farm and so on.
jalabert More than 1 year ago
Drugs age them......
Marino Gallo More than 1 year ago
good for Uran and with Tony Martin saying he wants to work more towards GC contention more, that will be great for him looks like the 2014 Tour is already starting to look very interesting : Uran v Froome, Cav v Sagan (again), hopefully a more ready Contador and who knows? maybe Andy might join the party as well?
Pippo_San More than 1 year ago
Good signing Uran! He just needs Kwiatko for the mountains, and then he'll be just fine. If he's gonna wear the yellow (say after a TTT in the first days), he will have lots of powerhouses for the flats, and then when the mountains come he can defend himself almost alone, much like Froomey. But then the OPQS curse will start, and he won't be able to climb decently anymore. Forget it, bad signing :P