Friday 6 December 2019

Commonwealth Games: Davis wins on 'closed' roads

if you happen to be a citizen of India's capital city, please read on. This will come as news to you: there were two Commonwealth Games cycling road races contested in the heart of New Delhi yesterday.

The vast majority of Delhi's 14m population will be unaware of what happened because the two races took place in a security bubble, on a 13.7km loop course that took the riders past India Gate and the sprawling presidential palace.

Sadly, it took them past precious few Delhiites. The course was closed to the public for fear of a terrorist attack, guarded by two rings of military and police. At least Mark Cavendish turned up for the men's 168km race, unlike the Kennaugh bothers, Peter and Tim. They decided not to travel with the Isle of Man squad for fear of catching Delhi belly or worse.

When it came to the crunch in the stifling heat and humidity of the Indian capital yesterday, Cavendish, the Usain Bolt of the velo game, was left without sufficient support to hang on long enough to bring his fearsome sprint finish to bear.

He finished down in seventh, 59 seconds behind Allan Davis, who won the gold for Australia in 3:49.48, with Hayden Roulston of New Zealand claiming silver and Scotland's David Millar snatching bronze. (© Independent News Service)

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