Armitstead wins Commonwealth Games road race title

Silver for Pooley while Pasio claims bronze

Lizzie Armitstead (England) claimed gold in the women's road race at the Commonwealth Games after an attack on the final lap of the 98.14 kilometre race. Emma Pooley made it an England one-two to take silver, with Ashleigh Pasio (South Africa) taking bronze.

Armitstead came into the event as the pre-race favourite and she lived up to expectations when she jumped clear of the race-winning break inside the final ten kilometres. She swooped past her teammate Pooley, who had orchestrated the move, with the Australian team unable to find an answer. Pooley hung on to take silver.

Gold and silver capped an excellent team performance for England after they were forced to withstand a number of early attacks from Australia. However Armitstead and Pooley took the race by the scruff of the neck in the final 50 kilometres with Pooley providing the perfect foil in her final road race before retirement.

It was Pooley who attacked on the climb up St. Vincent Street with three laps to go and drew out the critical break that included Armitstead, Tiffany Cromwell (Australia), Gracie Elvin (Australia), Ashleigh Pasio (South Africa), Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) and Katie Archibald (Scotland). The move may have lacked Australia's best sprint options but England were determined to make the move stick as Pooley drove them on. Only Canada attempted to close the gap but with a lack of firepower they stood no chance.

England had the initiative but they still had work to do. Pooley harried and bustled with energy on the front as Cromwell and Elvin waited for the gap to the main field to grow before peppering the English sails with a volley of attacks.

On each of the power-sapping ascents Pooley upped the pace, clearly determined to leave the sport with one final flourish, and each of her accelerations saw time trial gold medallist Villumsen and Scotland's Archibold begin to suffer.

Every Australian attack – and there were several – from Cromwell and Elvin was matched by an English jersey but with 30 kilometres to go a winner would come from the seven clear with Pasio starting to take her first turns as the two main nations appeared to cancel each other out.

As the leader rode through Glasgow Green with one lap to go, Pooley wound up for her second significant attack of the race. Australia, who looked more comfortable as the race went on, were forced to chase as first Archibald and then Elvin dropped out of contention.

Pooley's lead tantalisingly hovered at just a handful of seconds and as she powered up University Avenue, Cromwell still led the chase. However Armitstead sensed the moment was right – on the next ascent and with Cromwell running out of gas, she laid down a vicious attack. Within seconds she was over the top of Pooley as Villumsen, Pasio and Cromwell scrambled to organise a chase.

Australia's fear as they headed into the race was finishing in a group that contained Armitstead and her lethal sprint, but there would be such scenario as the English rider powered clear. Pooley, overcome with emotion at the line, was able to hang on for silver before Pasio unleashed a valiant sprint to see off Cromwell and Villumsen to seal bronze for South Africa.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lizzie Armitstead (England)2:38:43 
2Emma Pooley (England)0:00:25 
3Ashleigh Pasio (South Africa)0:01:11 
4Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)  
5Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)0:01:14 
6Gracie Elvin (Australia)0:02:19 
7Katie Archibald (Scotland)  
8Leah Kirchmann (Canada)0:05:29 
9Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)  
10Melissa Hoskins (Australia)  
11Dani King (England)  
12Hannah Barnes (England)  
13Amy Roberts (Wales)  
14Rushlee Buchanan (New Zealand)  
15Reta Trotman (New Zealand)  
16Jaime Nielsen (New Zealand)  
17Shara Gillow (Australia)  
18Anna Christian (Isle of Man)  
19Lucy Garner (England)  
10Laura Trott (England)  
21Lydia Boylan (Northern Ireland)0:12:12 
22An-Li Kachelhoffer (South Africa)0:12:17 
23Gemma Neill (Scotland)  
24Tamiko Butler (Antigua and Barbuda)  
25Jasmin Glaesser (Canada)  
26Chloe Hosking (Australia)  
27Anne Ewing (Scotland)  
DNFEileen Roe (Scotland)  
DNFCharlene Joiner (Scotland)  
DNFLaura Brown (Canada)  
DNFStephanie Roorda (Canada)  
DNFAntri Christoforou (Cyprus)  
DNFAnn Bowditch (Guernsey)  
DNFHeidi Dalton (South Africa)  
DNFLise Olivier (South Africa)  
DNFElinor Barker (Wales)  
DNFKarina Bowie (Guernsey)  
DNFJoanna Watts (Guernsey)  
DNFAurelie Halbwach (Mauritius)  
DNFAnriette Schoeman (South Africa)  
DNFClaire Thomas (Scotland)  
DNFCherise Stander (South Africa)  
DNFNicole Mitchell (Bermuda)  
DNFVera Adrian (Namibia)  
DNFLaura Wasley (Isle of Man)  
DNFClaire Oakley (Northern Ireland)  
DNFJoyce Nyaruri Matara (Kenya)  
DNFClaire Fraser-Green (Guyana)  
DNFSriyalatha Wickramasingha (Sri Lanka)  
DNFKatrin Garfoot (Australia)  
DNFKatie Curtis (Wales)  
DNFLinda Loffler (Swaziland)  
DNFCarol Du-Pont (Swaziland)  
DNFBianca Hernould (Jamaica)  
DNFAdikari Mudiyansel (Sri Lanka)  
DNFDinize Wilsch (Swaziland)  
DNFJane Njeri Mwangi (Kenya)  
DNFHayley Jones (Wales)  
DNFMarina Bleasdale (Guernsey)  
DNFJoyce Muthoni Mwangi (Kenya)  
DNFDoreen Musoliza Lwimbuli (Kenya)  
DNFIrene Steyn (Namibia)  
DSQEmily Collins (New Zealand)  

 

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