TheSportsNewsBlog.com

Commonwealth Games: Wales' Dani Rowe and Jon Mould win road race medals

Media playback is not supported on this device

Wales’ Jon Mould won silver in the Commonwealth Games men’s road race after compatriot Dani Rowe claimed bronze in the women’s race.

Mould was leading with 50m of the 168km race remaining but Australia’s Steele von Hoff outsprinted him to claim gold.

Australia’s Chloe Hosking won the women’s race, with New Zealand’s Georgia Williams pipping Rowe.

“It’s not just my medal, it’s all of the girls’,” said Rowe in recognition of the effort of her team-mates.

The 27-year-old, who won Olympic gold on the track at London 2012 as Dani King with Laura Trott (now Kenny) and Jo Rowsell (now Rowsell Shand) switched her allegiance from England for these Games after getting married in September 2017 to Welsh cyclist Matthew Rowe.

“I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for a bit of success. I’ve been working hard on the road for a few years now,” she said.

“I feel like an honorary Welsh girl. I’ve been living there for over five years now. It’s been absolutely incredible. It means so much to fly the flag for Wales so I hope they’ll all welcome me back when I get back to Cardiff.”

Rowe, who rode for England at the Glasgow 2014 Games, looked strong throughout the 112.2km race and clenched her fist in celebration as she crossed the line after being led-out by team-mate Elinor Barker, who finished seventh.

Australia had, as expected, dominated the tactical side of the race and had four riders in the closing stages as they set up sprinter Hosking.

Scotland’s Neah Evans was eighth, with Mel Lowther and England team-mate Hayley Simmonds in ninth and 10th.

Rowe’s brother-in-law Luke Rowe, had been among the favourites to win the men’s race but he faltered on the final ascent with a couple of kilometres remaining.

Team-mate Mould pushed on as he looked to emulate the achievement of Geraint Thomas, who won this race for Wales in Glasgow in 2014.

However, with the finish line approaching, Mould was passed by Von Hoff, and South Africa’s Clint Hendricks edged out Northern Ireland’s Mark Downey in the battle for third.

Guernsey’s Tobyn Horton claimed seventh with England’s Tom Stewart eighth and Ian Bibby 12th. Rowe came home 14th.

(l-r) Georgia Williams, Chloe Hoksing and Dani Rowe in the Commonwealth Games women's road race

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

BBC Sport – Cycling

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *