Mark Renshaw will miss the Nationals, Tour Down Under and other major events over ‘the summer of cycling’ after being hit by a car while training in his home region of Bathurst, New South Wales.
Arguably the world’s best-known lead out man and long-time teammate of top sprinter Mark Cavendish, Renshaw was left with a fracture of his pelvis after a vehicle failed to stop at a Bathurst roundabout.
“I was heading back out on the road for the final two hours of my five-hour training ride and as I entered the roundabout, the car looked like it was going to stop,” Renshaw told local newspaper the Western Advocate.
“I assume the driver didn’t see me and I hit the front right of the car and flew over the bonnet, landing heavily on my pelvis. I’m not sure if the impact with the car or the ground caused my injuries, but it was definitely a scary moment as you now realise it could have been much worse.”
In a split second I was laying in the middle of the roundabout. I knew as soon as I landed my pelvis was fractured. Cars vs Bike never ends well for the bike. I’m devastated, for my family, for my teammates, for our sponsors. I know I’m lucky so I’ll work harder to be back better
“I’m devastated that my pre-season training will be hampered as I was planning a big start to 2019. I was already into serious training for January’s racing,” Renshaw continued.
“It’s gutting to have another set-back but as hospital staff have told me, it could have been much worse then what is was. A big thank you to everyone who helped me on Saturday. Also to everyone who has sent me messages and been in contact. Hopefully I’m back an action for Team Dimension Data soon, better than before!”
Renshaw To Miss His 16th Start Of TDU
A Tour Down Under veteran, Renshaw has lined up for 15 editions of the race. He will also miss the Cycling Australia RoadNats in January, along with Cadel Evan’s Great Ocean Road Race and possibly also the start of the European Classics.
Long time team mate and close friend Mark Cavendish. who has also re-signed to ride for Team Dimension Data in 2019, wished Renshaw a strong recovery via Twitter.
“Absolutely devastated for Mark Renshaw. Just glad you can come back from it mate,” Cav tweeted.