With just minutes to go before the start of the women's time trial in the Commonwealth Games, red hot favourite Sarah Ulmer has pulled out, citing back problems.
At a pre-race press conference, a clearly upset Ulmer said, "This is what we train for and to not be able to race is gutting. But that's sport; you have extreme highs and lows."
Being forced to drop out of the time trial was dounbly disappointing for Ulmer because she has recently had excellent form. "I had a really good race in New Zealand," she said, referrring to her dominating victory in the Wellington women's World Cup on March 5.
Ulmer said she still hopes to be able to ride Sunday's road race, "and I'm very angry [about missing the time trial] so look out!"