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Mark Renshaw dedicates Tour of Britain win to Mark Cavendish

​Mark Renshaw dedicated his first Omega Pharma-Quick Step win to team-mate Mark Cavendish after claiming stage two of the Tour of Britain.

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The Australian rider timed his sprint finish perfectly on the streets of Llandudno to take victory by four seconds from Ben Swift (Team Sky) and assume the leader's jersey.

Renshaw was delighted with the team effort that put him in the perfect position to grab the lead and hold onto it, while dedicating his triumph to his recuperating team leader further back in the peloton.

Cavendish suffered a thigh injury at the end of stage one on Sunday and took a back seat to allow Renshaw to lead the team home, something the 31-year-old was delighted to do.

"We've got a great team here," the 31-year-old told the team's official website. "It's a shame Mark Cavendish crashed yesterday because who knows what could have happened, he still finished third yesterday.

"Normally it would have been a perfect sprint for him on my wheel. Now he's trying to recover after taking a big hit on his thigh.

"I've gotten used to that feeling by helping riders like Cavendish. I've dedicated myself to so many wins for other riders, so it's really nice to get a win personally.

"If Cav is not feeling great, he'll tell us. Today he let us know and it was an opportunity for me. I'd like to dedicate this to him as he's one of the biggest champions of the sport.

"I came to this team to help him, and even when he's not 100 per cent I'd still dedicate my effort to help him.

"I'm glad I could step up and execute the sprint in his place."

Swift looked set to take the stage after being guided through by Bradley Wiggins but the fast descent to the finish line was perfect for Renshaw to snatch victory.

"It was quite a fast final 30 kilometres," he added. "Especially the last five kilometres with that kind of a descent.

"It suited me very well. It was a hard little final, but I had good legs after the Tour de France. So, with a bit of good timing in the sprint it worked out quite well."

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