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GLASGOW (AFP) — Mountain biking made its return to the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday with Canada and New Zealand coming out on top at the Cathkin Braes course in Glasgow. The event was dropped four years ago when the event was held in Dehli.
New Zealand claimed the top two spots in the men’s cross-country, as teenager Anton Cooper narrowly won ahead of compatriot Samuel Gaze.
Cooper crossed the line in a time of 1:38:26, just three seconds ahead of Gaze. Daniel McConnell, who had been second with less than a kilometer to go, took the bronze for Australia.
“It’s a dream come true. The last couple of months of training have been tough, but this is huge for me,” said 19-year-old Cooper.
Canada continued its dominance of the women’s event as it claimed gold and silver.
Former world champion Catharine Pendrel cruised to victory in a time of 1:39:29, more than a minute ahead of countrywoman Emily Batty.
Australian Rebecca Henderson, matched her boyfriend, Daniel McConnell’s bronze medal performance, battling hard with Trek Factory Racing teammate Batty over the 31.95km course, but eventually settling for third place.
In the men’s race, a leading pack of Cooper, Gaze, McConnell and Canadian Max Plaxton quickly left the rest of the field behind.
The group exchanged the lead several times over the grueling 37.15km course before Cooper made his move on the final lap and found the strength to sprint to the line.
“I wouldn’t say the course suited me particularly, but if your legs are there, you are capable of winning,” Cooper said. “You normally wouldn’t see results this tight in a race like this and it’s just the style of the course. If you’re able to sit in at the right spots you can conserve energy, and I just had enough punch left for the last lap.”
Pendrel started among the favorites for the women’s race and soon opened up a gap on the rest of the field.
By the time the 33-year-old completed her first lap, she already had a formidable 34-second advantage over Henderson and Batty, which was to increase lap by lap.
“Anyone who has watched me race knows I just like to go hard from the start,” Pendrel said. “I really thought the race would stay together a lot longer than it did, but when you get some space between you and other riders, you just go for it.”
Canada has dominated the event, which made its Commonwealth Games debut in Manchester in 2002. Canadians have taken gold in both previous editions of the women’s event.
Pendrel admitted she had been desperate to continue that tradition. “It feels amazing to win the gold for Canada,” she said. “I was trying hard to ignore the fact that Canada has never not gotten gold in mountain bikes at the Commonwealth Games, and I really didn’t want that pressure coming into this.
“I knew how quick Emily was going as well so I knew we had a strong chance, but I just tried to do my best and I’m glad it was gold. Every victory is really special, but the Commonwealth Games are definitely unique and special. When you are competing for your country, you know if you do well you will make millions of people back home happy.”
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On Tuesday, Olympic silver medalist Emma Pooley announced her retirement from cycling. Sunday’s road race at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow will be the final race of her career.
The 32-year-old Briton has raced as a professional since 2006. Along the way, she’s collected many victories, including three time trial national championships (2009, 2010, 2014).
Pooley saw some of her greatest successes in 2010, winning road race national championships, La Flèche Wallone, Tour de l’Aude, and time trial world championships.
“I’ve decided to retire from cycling after the Commonwealth Games,” Pooley said. “That’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I want to stop at a time that’s right for me. Now I have the time and opportunity to do triathlon in the second part of this year, in 2015, and maybe the two years after that as well. I want to stop at the right moment. Even if I hadn’t won three stages at the Giro Rosa I would have stopped and have been satisfied with the season, because I did my best, and I’ve been very happy in the Lotto-Belisol ladies team. I’m very lucky to be able to choose when to stop and not to be forced because of an injury, for example. And I’m grateful to have the backing 100 percent of the Lotto-Belisol team in my decision.
“The first UCI race I won, a stage in Thüringen-Rundfahrt in 2007, was definitely one of the highlights in my career. Obviously the World Championships were that as well just as the silver medal in the 2008 Olympics. The sixth stage at the Giro this year was the most emotional win I’ve ever had. Partly because I didn’t believe I could do it, and partly because it was so hard to win. It had been a long time since I had won a race on that level. I knew that it’s so nice to finish on a high, and it was one of the last chances to win a stage there.
“What I will miss most when I’ll have quit cycling are the people,” she said. “Certainly my teammates, but also the people from other teams. I’m privileged to know so many amazing people, who I’ve met over the years in the sport. The Commonwealth Games are still a big personal target. I’m focusing on the time trial. After the Giro Rosa I did many trainings on my time trial bike. I’m really looking forward to the race. All my family is coming to watch. That will be really special.”
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