Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cavendish urged Roche to ‘keep going’

Isle of Man cyclist Andrew Roche will compete in his seventh consecutive Commonwealth Games on Thursday after being talked into it by Mark Cavendish.

The 42-year-old has not missed an individual time trial since making his debut in New Zealand in 1990.

“After Delhi, Cav told me to keep going and, to be honest, I am as keen as ever,” said Roche.

Roche will compete in the men’s time trial alongside fellow Manx riders Mark Christian and Joe Kelly.

Isle of Man

Five cyclists from the Isle of Man will compete in Thursday’s time trials

Christian finished fourth in Sunday’s scratch race, narrowly missing out on a medal.

His 18-year-old sister Anna will represent the Isle of Man in the women’s time trial, alongside Laura Wasley.

Anna Christian said: “I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve just rode the course and I really like it.

“Mark [Christian] sets the bar pretty high but it’s good having so many amazing Manx riders to look up to.”

Roche added: “The Commonwealth Games are the highest level a cyclist wearing an Isle of Man jersey can compete in and I know what an honour it is to take part.”

Cycling team manager Graham Hatcher said: “We’ve got a fantastic group and this is a great chance for them to showcase what they can do against the best in the Commonwealth.

“We’ve got some starting their careers and others who are already professional, so it is a very exciting Manx squad.

“It’s the biggest opportunity to represent the Isle of Man and they will do everything they can to make everyone proud.”

The women’s race starts at 10:00 BST with the men away at 12:30 BST.

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Pooley denied time trial gold medal

England’s Emma Pooley won Commonwealth Games silver in the women’s time trial.

The 31-year-old, who retires from cycling after the Games, was up on the clock with 6km of the 30km course left.

But she was denied by a strong finish from New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen, 29, who won by 6.03 seconds, as Australia’s Katrin Garfoot, 32, took bronze.

Scotland’s Katie Archibald, 20, and Lucy Coldwell, 30, came fifth and eighth respectively, while Wales’ Elinor Barker, 19, was seventh.

England’s Joanna Rowsell won a gold medal on the track in the

3,000m individual pursuit

event on Friday, but could not replicate that success as she finished 13th.

On Tuesday, Pooley announced that Glasgow 2014 would be the

last major cycling competition of her career

before she concentrated on triathlon and marathon running.


Olympic silver medallist in 2008,

she will be in action once more, in the team road race on Sunday.

“It was close, but I’m really happy to be on the podium,” said Pooley. “When you come through and have the quickest time and then the only other person left beats you then it is disappointing.”

Linda Villumsen

New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen was the last rider to finish and had the fastest time to win the gold medal

Joanna Rowsell

England’s Joanna Rowsell could not replicate her gold medal success from the track and came 13th

People's Palace and Winter Gardens

The race went past a number of Glasgow landmarks, including the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens

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First mountain bike gold for New Zealand

Teenager Anton Cooper secured a first mountain biking gold medal for New Zealand in an exciting finish to the cross-country race.

Cooper, 19, beat team-mate Samuel Gaze, 18, into second in a sprint finish with Australian Daniel McConnell in third.

Scotland’s Grant Ferguson, 20, finished fifth with England’s 2006 winner Liam Killeen in sixth.

Earlier, Canada’s Catharine Pendrel and Emily Batty take gold and silver respectively in the women’s race.

Canadian mountain bike riders Catharine Pendrel and Emily Batty

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Canada claim one-two in the women’s mountain biking cross-country

In the men’s race, only 10 seconds separated the first three riders, who dropped Max Plaxton of Canada on the seventh and final lap.

Cooper completed the 37km course over the Cathkin Braes Trail in one hour 38 minutes 26 seconds.

Pendrel had earlier dominated the women’s race to take gold in a time of one hour 39 minutes 29 seconds.

The world champion, 33, led virtually from start to finish of the six-lap race, to win by more than a minute and continue Canada’s success in the event.

Canada have now won gold on each of the three occasions the event has been included in the Commonwealth Games programme.

Australian Rebecca Henderson took the bronze with England’s Annie Last pipping team-mate Alice Barnes for fourth place.

Glasgow’s Lee Craigie finished seventh.

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Pooley to quit cycling for triathlon

British Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley says she will retire from cycling after Sunday’s team road race at the Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old will concentrate on triathlon and running in the future.

Pooley, who won time trial silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, will ride on Sunday as part of the England team headed by Lizzie Armitstead.

“I want to go out properly, when I’ve planned it and have no regrets,” said the London-born rider.

Speaking to

Rouleur magazine, 

the 2010 world road time-trial champion added: “I’ve been mulling it over, and came to the conclusion that the Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity.”

Emma Pooley of Great Britain poses with her medal on the podium after winning the Women's Elite Time Trial on day one of the UCI Road World Championships.

Pooley’s time-trial gold at the 2010 Road World Championships was the first by a British woman

Pooley opted out of the Great Britain team in 2013 to complete her PhD in geotechnical engineering.

She won the Lausanne Marathon last year and also competed in triathlons before returning to cycling full-time in 2014 with the Belgian Lotto-Belisol team.

Pooley, who won three stages of the women’s Giro d’Italia earlier this month, added: “After the first Giro stage win, there was a little bit of me that thought about carrying on until Rio 2016, but the decision was made.

“Maybe I had a good Giro because the weight was off my shoulders. Maybe it was the last-chance saloon.”

Pooley was a key figure in the campaign for a women’s race at the Tour de France, which led to La Course won by Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos on Sunday.

Of her cycling career, she

told BBC Sport in April:

“I don’t do it for the prize money. I love sport. And if you’d like to print this I’d be very grateful, because I keep getting accused of being a whinger.”

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Women’s Team Sky possible

Sir Dave Brailsford could set up a female Team Sky to help support “greater parity” between men’s and women’s cycling.

The British professional cycling team’s boss

said the idea was something he had been “talking about a lot”.

Brailsford’s comments came after Dutch world and Olympic champion Marianne Vos won the first ever one-day

La Course by Le Tour de France in Paris on Sunday.

“We’ve got some brilliant female cyclists,” Brailsford told BBC Sport.

“We all are very aware that there needs to be a greater parity, not just in road cycling but across all disciplines, both at Olympic and professional level.”

Marianne Vos (right) wins La Course from Kirsten Wild

Marianne Vos (far right) won La Course from fellow Dutch rider Kirsten Wild (centre)

The women’s 91km, 13-lap race finished on the Champs-Elysees in Paris ahead of

Sunday’s climax of the men’s Tour de France.

Britain’s Emma Pooley is one of a number of leading female riders to

lobby for the return of a stage race in France

for women’s road cycling.

She told the BBC: “This was the best opportunity for people all around the world to be able to see it.

Emma Pooley

Emma Pooley says La Course showcased the talent of female road cycling

“Track cyclists are brilliant at showing the world how strong women are and road cycling deserves that stage as well.

“There’s definitely the potential for more, it has to grow slowly, because there’s such a difference in the sports at the moment.

“There’s nothing that stops women, physically. At the moment it is only a semi-professional sport so at the top level the riders are paid and they ride for time, but a lot of cyclists have to work as well to pay their way so they can’t train for 250km stages.”

Marianne Vos

Vos has also won the UCI Women’s Road World Cup on five occasions

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