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GLASGOW (AFP) — Alex Dowsett said the disappointment of not being selected for the Tour de France spurred him on to claim Commonwealth Games gold in the individual time trial.
The 25-year-old was left inconsolable after being left off Movistar’s roster for this year’s Tour.
However, Dowsett said he channelled the anger he felt at being snubbed to help drive him over the line to claim gold for England in Glasgow.
“Not being selected for the Tour was a massive disappointment for me,” Dowsett said. “I kind of spent the whole month fairly angry — not at anyone in particular but just angry at the situation.
“The Commonwealth Games was a big target for me anyway, but it suddenly became a huge target because I really wanted to do something big after the disappointment of the Tour de France.
“I’ve always been the same since I was a kid and really pull something big out of the bag when I’m really angry. The day I was not selected by Movistar was the day I tried to turn all that fitness into time trial specific stuff.”
In a closely-contested men’s race, Dowsett produced a flying finish to claim the title in a time of 47:41.78, nine seconds ahead of Australian Rohan Dennis in second.
Geraint Thomas finished third over the 38.4km course to claim bronze for Wales.
Dowsett said he used the race to prove a point to himself and to the doubters who questioned where his career was heading.
“I had a point to prove to myself. I knew I was worthy of a place, but I was unlucky when I got ill,” the English rider said. “I don’t hold anything against my team for not taking me. If I was team manager I’d have probably not taken me either.
“But it was obviously a huge disappointment, and I think a couple of people questioned where I was going, and I knew I could come here and prove them wrong a little bit. This win goes a lot deeper than just the Commonwealth Games.”
Dowsett set down an early marker as he finished the first 6.4km just under four seconds faster than Jesse Sergent of New Zealand.
The English rider’s consistent rhythm saw him stretch his lead after 17.1km. Dennis trailed Dowsett by seven seconds at this point, but over the next 15 kilometers, the Australian managed to overtake the Englishman to take a five second lead into the final 6.4km.
However, Dowsett was able to dig deep to find the energy to sprint home fastest.
“Everything has just come together and I was able to channel all of that disappointment in the right way,” said Dowsett. “I could have been sat in my room utterly depressed for the whole month but I was able to use it to spur me on in the final few kilometers.
“I was getting time checks all the way around. I thought it was all over to be honest as I was struggling over the last 10km, but obviously everyone was struggling,” the 25-year-old said. “I just fought harder than I had ever fought before.”
The win meant Dowsett was also able to banish the memory of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Dehli, where he had to settle for silver behind Scotland’s David Millar.
Millar is in his final season as a professional cyclist, was unable to end his Commonwealth career with a medal, finishing in eighth place.
“This will be a career highlight for me,” Dowsett said. “In my eyes it is bigger than my Giro d’Italia stage win.”
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GLASGOW (AFP) — Linda Villumsen claimed a historic 600th Commonwealth Games medal for New Zealand in Glasgow on Thursday as she raced to gold in the women’s time trial.
New Zealand becomes the fourth Commonwealth Games country to reach that total after Australia, England, and Canada.
Villumsen banished the memory of New Dehli, where she had to settle for silver four years ago, to finish in a time of 42:25:46 over the 29.6km course.
“It is just incredible; it’s something I’ve worked hard for over the last four years now,” said the 29-year-old, who was second in last year’s world championships. “Every year at the Olympics or the world championships I am always nearly there but missing something. I came here thinking that it could happen again, but today finally everything worked out from start to finish, so I’m really happy.”
England’s Emma Pooley, who was recently crowned the British national champion for a third time, finished in second place, just six seconds behind Villumsen. Australia’s Katrin Garfoot took the bronze with host nation Scotland’s Katie Archibald, a world champion on the track, finishing in fifth.
Villumsen, who represented Denmark at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing before gaining New Zealand citizenship in 2009, has consistently won medals on the road for the past five years and was among the favorites to claim the title.
However, with 10km to go, Villumsen trailed Pooley by eight seconds before the New Zealand rider upped the tempo in the final 2km to clinch gold.
“I didn’t have any idea I was trailing — sometimes it is better not to know,” Villumsen, who refuses to wear heart rate monitors or receive time checks from her coaches, said. “I pretty much ride as fast as I can for as long as I can and that’s it.”
For England’s Pooley it was a final TT before retiring from cycling to concentrate on triathlon and marathon running.
“It was close, but I’m happy to be on the podium, there was nothing I could have done any better,” the silver medalist said. “I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to compete for so long, and am grateful to those who have supported me over the past seven or eight years. To get a medal today tops everything.”
Katrin Garfoot, who started riding only four years ago after she married coach Chris Garfoot and moved from Germany to Australia, only gained Australian citizenship last year.
“I am very excited. It means a lot to win a Commonwealth Games medal for Australia,” Garfoot said. “Since I met my husband, I always wanted to ride for Australia. I dreamed of a medal but only hoped for the top-10. This makes it all so worthwhile, all the hard work, fighting and all the tears.”
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Specialized-lululemon, currently the fifth-ranked women’s team in the world, announced last week that it will seek additional funding by starting a club membership program for 2015.
Velocio Sports — the team’s management company — is seeking to expand its fan base and diversify its funding, given that the team’s contracts with Specialized and lululemon are scheduled to end in December.
“We’re switching tactics in our search for team sponsorship and funding,” said team owner Kristy Scrymgeour. “We want to get the cycling community involved in an attempt to build a bridge between the ever-increasing number of recreational cyclists and pro cycling as a sport. We have corporate interest for part of our budget and we’ve decided to add to that by trying something a little different.”
The team launched a crowdfunding campaign last Friday that it is calling Project X.
“It’s a way for us to invite people to be a part of the team and vote for women’s cycling at the same time,” Scrymgeour said. “It starts with supporting our team, but if we can create a buzz around this campaign, it will reach the eyes of potential sponsors for both the team and other aspects of our sport.
“Women’s cycling needs two things: exposure and a growing the fan base. This weekend’s La Course by Le Tour de France is a great opportunity to get that exposure and we need more and more of that. By growing our women’s cycling community and building a bigger fan base, we increase the demand for more exposure.”
Velocio Sports has been an elite women’s team since 2005, first as T-Mobile, then Highroad/HTC-Highroad, and finally as Specialized-lululemon. The team is home to 10 Olympians, and it currently holds the world championship team time trial title.