Don't know if anyone noticed? An Australian cyclist actually won something!

I don't know if anyone noticed but an Australian Cyclist (Mark Renshaw from Bathurst) won the Tour of Qatar. It seems other than a passing mention in the TV news on Friday, the only thing that passes for mainstream media that has reported it is the Western Advocate - his hometown paper.

I know Aussie cyclists have actually won other big events - Stuart O'Grady won Paris - Roubaix in 2007 and Gerry Tatrai won Race Across America in 1993 and 1998 but it appears that the mainstream media pay absolutely no attention to Australian cyclings achievements. In fact the major media outlets seem to be more interested in the alleged war for the streets than actual achievements.

The Western Advocate's coverage is here

http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/news/local/sport/cycling/renshaws...

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Renshaw's Qatar win a career first

13 Feb, 2011 01:32 PM
THE wait is finally over.

After years of being the bridesmaid, Bathurst rider Mark Renshaw secured the biggest title of his career on Friday night when he took out the Tour of Qatar, his first pro-tour stage race overall win.

Having won the fourth stage of the race and establishing a six-second buffer over his nearest rival, the final stage was all about playing it safe for the 28-year-old, and he did that to perfection to pick up the overall victory.

Renshaw finished 17th on the fifth and final leg from Sealine Beach Resort into Doha, but was credited with the same time as winner Andrea Guardini of Italy and yellow jersey rival and countryman Heinrich Haussler, who was ninth.

In the end, Renshaw won by eight seconds from Haussler, and was 17 seconds ahead of third-placed Daniele Bennati of Italy.

And the former track specialist, who is the key lead-out man to British sprint king Mark Cavendish during the hectic bunch sprints, kept an eye on his main rival throughout the day to claim the biggest road win of his career.

Renshaw was promoted as his team’s leader after Cavendish suffered injuries in a crash on the first stage.

“I’ve been lucky enough to ride for Australia on the track and in the Olympic Games, but on the road this is the best result I’ve ever had,” said Renshaw, whose win prompted double celebrations a week after HTC’s Ellen van Dijk won the women’s Tour of Qatar.

“The last day was really a question of staying in the pack and making sure I stayed close to Haussler and at the head of the field.

“It’s great to come here and get the win in Qatar, it’s such a hard race and to follow on the win by the women’s team makes it even more special.”

Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet and Lithuanian Gediminas Bagdonas provided the day’s early entertainment, the pair breaking free after kilometre 12 and going on to build a lead of more than five minutes on the peloton.

But their 106km escapade came to an end just six kilometres from the end as the sprinters’ teams drove the peloton towards the finish line.

However, despite the pair’s bid to finish in a victory flurry, they had to sit up in the final 200 metres as Guardini powered over the line centimetres ahead of fellow Italian Francesco Chicchi.

Guardini, a first-year professional who won an impressive five stages at the recent Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, said: “Even when I was crossing the line I wasn’t sure I’d won. Francesco was coming back so fast.

“It’s amazing what’s happening in my first year as a pro. Five stages at Langkawi, and now to win in Qatar ahead of the best sprinters in the world is just unbelievable.”

Former three-time champion Tom Boonen, who won stage one, finished the race in tatters – a crash early in the stage leaving the Belgian with knocks to his right elbow and left knee, as well as ripped shorts.

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CAREER HIGH: Bathurst rider Mark Renshaw celebrates the biggest win of his road racing career in Qatar on Friday. Photo: REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen 0213renshaw
CAREER HIGH: Bathurst rider Mark Renshaw celebrates the biggest win of his road racing career in Qatar on Friday. Photo: REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen 0213renshaw

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No bloody wonder no one is paying any attention - the pole dancing craze has arrived in Bathurst! Perhaps this trend from Perth will also spread east?

Jonathon

 

I don't think you've been paying attention. We had whole stage race in Australia a few weeks back.. .and Aussies dominated it!

 

and please learn to copy and paste properly ;)

It was reported in The Sun-Herald today, with a pointer on one of the first sport pages and it's on smh.com.au.

 

Here 'tis:

 

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/mark-renshaw-wins-tour-of-qatar...

 

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/renshaw-bags-his-biggest-win-20...

 

Everyone click on the links, support cycling coverage on news websites! They're counting the page impressions ya know ..

SMH Online has been running a story on the Tour of Qatar every day of the race, also focusing on the strong performances of the other major Australian rider in the event, Heinrich Haussler, who won a stage... you didn't even have to navigate through to multiple links to get to the stories, because they were one of the top 10 or so stories that got featured on the main smh.com.au site under the Sport heading each morning.

I seem to recall some guy from Oz a year or so ago... what was his name... oh, you know... was first loser in the TdF, twice... anyway, he won something called the World Championship... oh, yeah Cadel Evans... That guy. Probably didn't get much coverage either.

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