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Commonwealth Games: Wales’ Dani Rowe and Jon Mould win road race medals

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Bronze for Wales’ Rowe after thrilling road race finale

Wales’ Jon Mould won silver in the Commonwealth Games men’s road race after compatriot Dani Rowe claimed bronze in the women’s race.

Mould was leading with 50m of the 168km race remaining but Australia’s Steele von Hoff outsprinted him to claim gold.

Australia’s Chloe Hosking won the women’s race, with New Zealand’s Georgia Williams pipping Rowe.

“It’s not just my medal, it’s all of the girls’,” said Rowe in recognition of the effort of her team-mates.

The 27-year-old, who won Olympic gold on the track at London 2012 as Dani King with Laura Trott (now Kenny) and Jo Rowsell (now Rowsell Shand) switched her allegiance from England for these Games after getting married in September 2017 to Welsh cyclist Matthew Rowe.

“I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for a bit of success. I’ve been working hard on the road for a few years now,” she said.

“I feel like an honorary Welsh girl. I’ve been living there for over five years now. It’s been absolutely incredible. It means so much to fly the flag for Wales so I hope they’ll all welcome me back when I get back to Cardiff.”

Rowe, who rode for England at the Glasgow 2014 Games, looked strong throughout the 112.2km race and clenched her fist in celebration as she crossed the line after being led-out by team-mate Elinor Barker, who finished seventh.

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Hosking (centre) celebrates as Williams (left) and Rowe (in red) finish second and third

Australia had, as expected, dominated the tactical side of the race and had four riders in the closing stages as they set up sprinter Hosking.

Scotland’s Neah Evans was eighth, with Mel Lowther and England team-mate Hayley Simmonds in ninth and 10th.

Rowe’s brother-in-law Luke Rowe, had been among the favourites to win the men’s race but he faltered on the final ascent with a couple of kilometres remaining.

Team-mate Mould pushed on as he looked to emulate the achievement of Geraint Thomas, who won this race for Wales in Glasgow in 2014.

However, with the finish line approaching, Mould was passed by Von Hoff, and South Africa’s Clint Hendricks edged out Northern Ireland’s Mark Downey in the battle for third.

Guernsey’s Tobyn Horton claimed seventh with England’s Tom Stewart eighth and Ian Bibby 12th. Rowe came home 14th.

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/43763275

England’s Last first as team-mate Richards completes mountain bike one-two

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England’s Last wins mountain bike gold

England won their first ever Commonwealth Games medals in women’s mountain biking as favourite Annie Last took gold ahead of team-mate Evie Richards on the Gold Coast.

Last, 27, overtook Richards before the 9km mark in the 27km race, going on to win in one hour 18 minutes two seconds.

Silver medallist Richards, 21, was 48 seconds behind, with Scotland’s Isla Short finishing in fifth.

New Zealand’s Sam Gaze beat team-mate Anton Cooper in a thrilling men’s race.

Gaze, 22, and 23-year-old Cooper, along with South Africa’s Alan Hatherly, jostled for the lead throughout before Cooper sped clear after a technical problem for Gaze at the start of the final lap.

However, Gaze fought back from a significant deficit to overtake his rival close to the end before winning a sprint finish to the line.

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England’s Last won silver at the 2017 World Championships – the first medal for a British female at the global event – and also won gold at the World Cup round in Lenzerheide the same year.

Last and Richards pulled clear of the field on the first lap, Richards leading by a wheel before Last made her move and eased to victory.

Canada’s Haley Smith won bronze ahead of team-mate Emily Batty.

“It was absolutely amazing,” said Last.

“If you get it right, it’s smooth sailing and easy, but the thing is about mountain biking, if you make a tiny mistake, it can ruin everything.

“I’m really happy with the race. During it you never know how you’re feeling and how it will play out in the end, but I just put absolutely everything into the race and focused on my own performance.”

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Michael Goolaerts: Cyclist suffered cardiac arrest before Paris-Roubaix crash

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Former team-mate Shaw pays tribute to Goolaerts

Michael Goolaerts, who died on Sunday, suffered cardiac arrest while riding, causing his crash at Paris-Roubaix.

The Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rider, 23, was found unconscious and not breathing after falling on a cobbled section of the one-day classic.

The Belgian was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died at 21:40 BST.

“He suffered an attack while racing. His heart stopped, and that’s why he crashed,” said Cambrai state prosecutor Remi Schwartz, following an autopsy.

Schwartz said experts will carry out toxicology and pathological exams to determine the cause of the cardiac arrest, although the results may not be known for several weeks.

Goolaerts crashed on the second of 29 cobbled sections in Paris-Roubaix, 109km into a 257km race regarded as one of the toughest and most prestigious in cycling.

Goolaerts’ team return to racing

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Goolaerts’ team-mate led the peloton in a minute’s silence at the start of Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday

Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rode their first race since Goolaerts’ death at the one-day Brabantse Pijl in Belgium on Wednesday.

The Belgian outfit decided to compete after consulting with Goolaerts’ family and their riders.

Veranda’s Willems-Crelan led the peloton in a minute’s silence at the start in Leuven and riders wore black armbands.

Belgian Tim Wellens, who rides for Goolaerts’ former team Lotto-Soudal won the 201.9km cobbled race, pointing to the sky as he crossed the line.

Dutchman Huub Duijn was the highest-placed Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rider, finishing eighth.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/43731577

Michael Goolaerts: Cyclist suffered cardiac arrest while riding Paris-Roubaix

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Former team-mate Shaw pays tribute to Goolaerts

Michael Goolaerts, who died on Sunday, suffered cardiac arrest while riding, causing his crash at Paris-Roubaix.

The Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rider, 23, was found unconscious and not breathing after falling on a cobbled section of the one-day classic.

The Belgian was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died at 21:40 BST.

“He suffered an attack while racing. His heart stopped, and that’s why he crashed,” said Cambrai state prosecutor Remi Schwartz, following an autopsy.

Schwartz said experts will carry out toxicology and pathological exams to determine the cause of the cardiac arrest, although the results may not be known for several weeks.

Goolaerts crashed on the second of 29 cobbled sections in Paris-Roubaix, 109km into a 257km race regarded as one of the toughest and most prestigious in cycling.

Goolaerts’ team return to racing

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Goolaerts’ team-mate led the peloton in a minute’s silence at the start of Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday

Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rode their first race since Goolaerts’ death at the one-day Brabantse Pijl in Belgium on Wednesday.

The Belgian outfit decided to compete after consulting with Goolaerts’ family and their riders.

Veranda’s Willems-Crelan led the peloton in a minute’s silence at the start in Leuven and riders wore black armbands.

Belgian Tim Wellens, who rides for Goolaerts’ former team Lotto-Soudal won the 201.9km cobbled race, pointing to the sky as he crossed the line.

Dutchman Huub Duijn was the highest-placed Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rider, finishing eighth.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/43731577

Commonwealth Games: Hayley Simmonds takes time trial cycling bronze

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Commonwealth Games: Road racer Simmonds claims bronze in women’s time trial

Hayley Simmonds won England’s second cycling time trial medal of the sixth day of the Commonwealth Games with bronze in the women’s event on Currumbin beachfront.

Simmonds, 29, who switched from rowing to cycling in 2010 and lost 45kg in weight, was in tears as she finished.

Australia’s Katrin Garfoot produced a dominant display to win gold, with Linda Villumsen of New Zealand in second.

Scotland’s Katie Archibald was fourth.

Archibald, who won gold in the individual pursuit on the track, was never in serious contention and finished 45 seconds behind Simmonds.

In the men’s race, England’s Harry Tanfield joined brother Charlie as a Commonwealth Games medallist by taking silver.

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‘I’m gutted’

Earlier, Simmonds’ England team-mate Melissa Lowther found out she could not race after an administrative error meant that she was not formally entered.

Lowther will still compete in the women’s road race on 14 April but was left frustrated by the mistake.

She said: “I can’t put into words how disappointed I am to have been missed off the start list due to an admin error.

“It was one of my targets this season and I was so proud that my hard work in training had paid off. While Team England have apologised, I’m still gutted not to have the opportunity to represent my country after all the hard miles I’ve put in.”

Team England said it would conduct a review.

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“It’s a tragic story – it’s highly embarrassing for all concerned.

“Mel travelled all this way to compete and prepared for this specifically only to be told that someone forgot to put her name on the list.

“I’m disappointed with the organisation, that even though this is supposed to be the ‘friendly Games’ they’ve said ‘no, you didn’t put your name down by the time specified’.

“I think that is extremely disappointing. The error shouldn’t have occurred in the first place of course but people are human.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/43709296

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