In the Commonwealth Games road race, Wales’ Jon Mould won silver after compatriot Dani Rowe claimed bronze in the women’s race.
With 50m of the 168km race remaining, Mould was leading but Australia’s Steele von Hoff outsprinted him to claim gold. Chloe Hosking of Australia won the women’s race, with New Zealand’s Georgia Williams pipping Rowe.
In recognition of the effort of her team-mates, Rowe said: “It’s not just my medal, it’s all of the girls’. “ At London 2012, the 27-year-old 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.
She said: “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. 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.”
At the Glasgow 2014 Games, Rowe rode for England. He 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 dominated the tactical side of the race and had four riders in the closing stages as they set up sprinter Hosking. Neah Evans of Scotland was eighth, with Mel Lowther and England team-mate Hayley Simmonds in ninth and 10th.
Luke Rowe, Rowe’s brother-in-law had been among the favourites to win the men’s race but he faltered on the final ascent with a couple of kilometres remaining. Guernsey’s Tobyn Horton claimed seventh with England’s Tom Stewart eighth and Ian Bibby 12th. Rowe came home 14th.
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