Aussies dodge dogs, monkeys to win road races
Australian cyclists Alan Davis and Rochelle Gilmore dodged wild dogs and monkeys on the stifling empty streets of Delhi to win the Commonwealth Games men's and women's road races on Sunday.other Updated: Oct 11, 2010 00:06 IST
Australian cyclists Alan Davis and Rochelle Gilmore dodged wild dogs and monkeys on the stifling empty streets of Delhi to win the Commonwealth Games men's and women's road races on Sunday.
The pair showed incredible stamina to sprint to victory on the flat winding course, which resembled a ghost town after a huge armed security presence kept the public but not the wildlife away. "Apart from the wild monkeys and dogs, there was nothing too challenging," said Gilmore, covered in dirt after completing the 112-km race.
"We were told there would be no wild animals but there were. We weren't expecting so much dirt and dust. We could taste the dirt in our mouths but we didn't think about that."
The men's 168-km race started at 1pm, the hottest part of the day, resulting in 78 of the 130 riders failing to finish as temperatures soared over 30 degrees.
"It wasn’t an easy race," the soft-spoken Davis said, perched against his bike before the medal ceremony. Davis outlasted favourite Mark Cavendish of the Isle of Man, who was isolated in the final stages by a lack of team mates and could not stay with the Australian.
“I was so proud to wear the (Isle of Man) jersey,” said Cavandish, a frequent winner of stages on the Tour de France.
“My team mates were great. I asked them to give 100 percent and they did.
“We didn’t have a team as strong as the Australians. In our team we had an electrician and a man from the water board.”
“It is what I have been working for all year and I would just like to thank all the guys on the Australian team,” said Davis. His victory was Australia’s 14th gold of the 16 available in road and track cycling at the Delhi Games.