Australian cyclist Richie Porte on Thursday was forced to pullout from the Commonwealth Games as his Saxo Bank team denied him clearance to compete in the Oct 3-14 Games in New Delhi.
Porte joins compatriots champion swimmer Stephanie Rice and tennis players Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur in giving the Oct 3-14 Games a miss.
The news emerged on the day when Porte moved up to second in the Tour of Britain.
Team orders required the 25-year-old to ride the spring classics in Italy which coincide with the Games fixture.
"Obviously it is disappointing not to ride the Commonwealth Games after being selected, but I will race the Giro Lombardia and Piermonte in support of Andy Schleck," Porte was quoted saying by The Age. The news came as a disappointment for Cycling Australia (CA), which saw Porte as a medal prospect. But CA national performance director Shayne Bannan had mixed feelings on his exit.
Games OC ready with more extravaganza
New Delhi: The Games Organising Committee on Thursday announced that it will be organising three separate sporting events besides the major disciplines during the Games. Though the dates for the three events - Cyclothon, Marathon and Walkathon - are yet to be finalised, an official in the OC said, "We have set tentative dates and some events will be conducted on October 9, 10, 13 and 14."