David Millar gave Scotland its first Commonwealth Games gold medal on the road, winning the men’s time trial on Wednesday to add to his road race bronze and World Championships TT silver.
Pre-race favourite Millar obliterated the opposition with a blistering ride on the flat out-and-back test against the clock on the Noida Expressway, clocking 47 minutes and 18.66 seconds over 40km in sizzling temperatures.
A stiff tailwind on the opening half of the race assisted Millar in covering the first 20km under 21 minutes, an average of 57.2 km/h.
European under-23 time trial champion Alex Dowsett (England) put in a very strong ride to win silver – England’s first time trial medal at the Games. Dowsett has been signed from the Trek-LiveStrong development squad to Team Sky for 2011.
Luke Durbridge completed the podium with bronze, and gave Australia its only medal of the final day of cycling at the Games.
Michael Hutchinson (Northern Ireland) finished just off the podium in fourth, two minutes and 14 seconds adrift of Millar.
Scotland’s Evan Oliphant put down the early marker with a time of 52-13.12 before the top-seeded riders started to arrive. Oliphant eventually finished a creditable 11th.
Australia top the cycling medal table, having won 14 of the available 18 gold medals on the track and road. Millar’s gold moved Scotland up to equal third place with Malaysia behind New Zealand. England finished sixth, having failed to win a single gold medal.
Commonwealth Games 2010, men’s time trial: 40km
1. David Millar (Sco) in 47-18.66
2. Alex Dowsett (Eng) at 54.82 secs
3. Luke Durbridge (Aus) at 1-00.56
4. Michael Hutchinson (NI) at 2-14.24
5. Chris Froome (Eng) at 2-20.17
6. Rohan Dennis (Aus) at 3-02.90
7. Zachary Bell (Can) at 3-16.76
8. Jack Bauer (NZ) at 3-29.85
9. Jesse Sergent (NZ) at 51-34.01
10. Roth Ryan (Can) at 52-09.53
11. Evan Oliphant (Sco) at 52-13.12
Intermediate time check, 20km
1. David Millar (Sco) in 20-59.59
2. Alex Dowsett (Eng) at 3.14 secs
3. Luke Durbridge (Aus) at 9.96 secs
4. Rohan Dennis (Aus) at 30.98 secs
5. Michael Hutchinson (NI) at 32.06 secs
6. Jesse Sergent (NZ) at 41.75 secs
7. Chris Froome (Eng) at 45.59 secs
8. Gordon McCauley (NZ) at 59.1 secs
Commonwealth Games 2010: Cycling disciplines final medal table
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