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Hushovd's men rapt with stage victory

Mark Renshaw is Hushovd's lead-out man

Mark Renshaw is Hushovd's lead-out man (Image credit: JF Quenet)

By John Trevorrow

Thor Hushovd's Australian lead-out men were delighted with the Crédit Agricole rider's Tour de France stage win on yesterday's Stage 2. Simon Gerrans and Mark Renshaw both worked for the Norwegian sprint sensation on yesterday's stage, where he claimed his sixth Tour win.

"That was just great," said Gerrans. "It was hard work out there but it moments like this that make it all worthwhile."

Renshaw was busy being embraced by his thankful team leader when Cyclingnews approached. The Tour Down Under stage winner was equally delighted with the team's success.

"I am just so rapt," he said. "That was a great ride by Thor. I thought he had fallen in that crash about a kilometre out.

"So I decided I had better get myself into position then, at about 600m to go, I heard Thor say 'go Mark, go'," he added. "So I gave it everything and got him to the front about 250 out and I knew he would win. No one was going beat him then. Just sensational."

Hushovd out-sprinted Team Columbia's Kim Kirchen and Gerald Ciolek for the second stage win. The American squad is desperate to secure new sponsor Columbia a stage victory, with Kirchen having a solid attempt on both stages to date.

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