first_imgIt was a near perfect day for cycling with bright sunshine, a gentle breeze keeping the temperature within reasonable limits and, of course, a picturesque course that covered some of the most prominent places in the Capital.Despite the attractions, there were hardly any spectators and, to the surprise of the international cyclists, it was stray dogs and monkeys who watched the Australians make the most of the conditions to romp home with a gold medal apiece in the men’s and women’s road races on Sunday.The inexperienced Indians turned out to be disappointments, as only Sandeep Kumar (48th) and Atul Singh (49th) managed to finish the race. While veteran Rochelle Gilmore sprinted home to win the 112km women’s event, Allan Davis won the men’s 168km race to stamp Australia’s dominance in the cycling events.Davis, fresh from his bronze medal finish at the World Championships, had to push hard in the final stages with Kiwi Hayden Roulston and Scot David Miller turning it into a tactical battle. It seemed hopeless for Davis with four riders ahead of him in the final lap but his teammate Chris Sutton put him in a perfect position to win a sprint to the line.Davis finished the race in 3:49:48hrs, while Roulston and Miller’s efforts earned them silver and bronze respectively. Earlier, Gilmore kept England’s Elizabeth Armistead behind her in the women’s road race, completing the eight-lap race in 2:49:30 hrs.Her teammate Chloe Hosking took bronze. The flat track made a sprint inevitable towards the end but the presence of Hosking gave Gilmore a perfect lead-up.advertisementlast_img

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