Mark Renshaw: how to be a lead-out rider, and why he works so well with Mark Cavendish

What does it take to be a lead-out rider? Cycling Weekly spoke to Australian Mark Renshaw — one of the best in the peloton and Mark Cavendish's team-mate — to find out

In front of every great sprinter is usually a great lead-out rider. Someone to safely navigate them through the chaos of a bunch finish, ensure they don’t waste energy they need for the sprint, keep them out of trouble, and get them to the perfect place so they can launch their attack and — hopefully — take the victory.

While the sprinter may be the one that takes the spoils, gets the trophies and enjoys the podium celebrations, often they wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for their lead out. It’s a selfless job but one that comes with responsibility — mess up and it’s not your own chance at a race win you could end, but that of your team-mate.

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