Mark Renshaw will wear the gold and green jersey of Australia for the first time in ten years on Sunday. The 31-year-old has not represented his country since the 2004 Olympic Games, when he finished out of the medals in the points race.
Renshaw has good memories of the Commonwealth Games having been part on Australian quartet that broke the team pursuit world record en-route to gold in Manchester in 2002, when the New South Wales-born rider also won silver in the points race.
As one of the fastest sprinters in Glasgow, Renshaw, who claimed five top five finishes at the recent Tour de France, will be hoping he can survive to the finish in Sunday’s race and mark his comeback to the Australian team with a gold medal around his neck.
Australia, who won gold in Delhi four years ago with Allan Davis, aren’t short of options, however, and should Renshaw not be the favoured option – or have the legs – on the day, they could call upon the versatile Simon Clarke, who was his country’s best finisher at last year’s world road race championship in seventh.