Cyclists keeping their options open at Glasgow

WARY: Australian sprinter Mark Renshaw.
WARY: Australian sprinter Mark Renshaw. Aap

AS THE end of Glasgow 2014 draws nearer, the focus is shifting to the road.

There Australia will attempt to wrest back some ground on run-away medal leader England.

Mark Renshaw, Simon Clarke, Nathan Haas, Rohan Dennis, Michael Hepburn and Caleb Ewan will wear the green and gold in the men's 168km cycling road race around the city.

The event will be without Isle of Man sprint sensation Mark Cavendish, who crashed out of the Tour de France last month.

Instead, fast-finishers such as Renshaw and Ewan are favoured to win the event.

But Renshaw, 31, was ultra-wary and said the event could be won by an outsider from a break-away.

"It's a race where maybe the strongest rider doesn't win because they get marked out a little bit at the end," he told AAP.

Planning for a difficult 14km circuit that is covered 12 times, Australia is keeping its race opt-ions open.

"We'll have two or three different angles of how we'll take the race," Renshaw said.

"It's going to be an attacking race and we'll all need to be active throughout the race, not just the final (kilometres)."

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