Nicole Cooke wins women’s Olympic Road Race Championship

August 10, 2008

Great Britain’s Nicole Cooke has finally achieved her dream of winning the Olympic road race championship after a dominant performance in appalling conditions today. Cooke, who has won countless national and world championships, held on for the win after hitting out early in the final sprint of 5 riders.

Emma Johansson of Sweden looked as if she was going to take the win from Cooke in the dying stages of the race, but ran out of energy just before the line. Italy’s Tatiana Guderzo held on for a gutsy third place, after attacking constantly throughout the race.

Australia’s defending Olympic champion Sara Carrigan led the Australian contingent home in the second group on the road.

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Morton wins US National Championsip

August 10, 2008

Real Aussie Kids rider Lachlan Morton has won the American U17 National Road Championship ahead of Daniel Tisdell and Anders Newbury. Lachlan, who is currently training in Colorado with his brother Angus, attacked the 80 strong field with half a lap to go and held off to win against his US counterpart.

The Port Macquarie local has had a stellar season, which included winning his first professional road race two months ago.


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August 9, 2008

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LIVE COVERAGE: Spains Samuel Sanchez wins Olympic Games Mens Road Race

August 9, 2008

Gold-Samuel Sanchez (Spain)

Silver-David Rebellin (Italy)

Bronze-Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

4th – Alexandr Kolobnev (Russia)

 

6:57pm: SANCHEZZ!!!!!!!! We told you he could sprint!!!!

6:56pm: Rogers is at the back. It looks like Kolobnev, Sanchez…

6:55pm: Cancellara is on the front 500m to go.

6:54pm: Cancellara swings off. Rogers is in good position. Schleck leads. Sanchez is sitting well. 

6:54pm: Rogers is sitting well. 1km to go!

6:53pm: BOOM BOOM BOOM! Fabian Cancellara has just crossed the gap!!! He is a machine, I’ll put $100 on him thankyou very much.

6:52pm: This is an excellent race, everyone is putting there hearts on the line. Sanchez is gritting his teeth, could we see Michael Rogers win the Olympic Games?!

6:50pm: Rogers is coming back! They’re going to catch them!

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6:46pm: The front three are flying through the tunnels what a great photo —> 

6:43pm: If anyone is listening to SBS’s coverage of the race, we wouldn’t be listening to Mike Turtur, Sammy Sanchez can sprint!

6:42pm: Rogers has now joined up with Kolobnev and they are now chasing the front three. There is still a large bunch chasing including Evans and Valverde. 

6:41pm: Could it be a fairytale ending for Rebellin, whos birthday it is today?

6:39pm: The top 3 have broken away now, Schleck, Rebellin and Sanchez… who will win? 13km to go. They have 35 seconds on the Evans group. 

6:38pm: Schleck puts in a huge attack after there was almost a crash in the front bunch. Rebellin is looking super strong and is following Schleck easily. It looks like Rogers is now in trouble. 

6:37pm: Remember Kolobnev is an excellent rider with a great bunch kick. He finished 2nd to Paolo Bettini last year the Worlds.

6:35pm: Five riders away! Rogers, Rebellin, Kolobnev, Sanchez and Schleck. 

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Road Race to start on schedule

August 9, 2008

The Olympic Road Race will start on schedule and will commence in the next ten minutes as predicted by cycling commentator Phil Liggett. Humidity for the road race is now at 94% which will also play into the races outcome.


Phil Liggett believes Road Race will start on schedule, O’Grady his favourite

August 9, 2008

Tour de France commentator Phil Liggett has told Channel 7 that he believes the Olympic Games road race will start on schedule, although still has his doubts. Liggett, who is also commentating on the games, says that the decision of the start time will be made in the near future by the organizers of the games. 

Liggett also believes that Adelaide’s Stuart O’Grady is a strong favourite for the road race, citing his abilities on the flat and on the hills are suited to the course. Liggett said O’Grady was coming off great form after the Tour de France in which he told Liggett that “The tour finished too early for me”, and that he will be strong for the Games.

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Transfer News: Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw to move to Team Columbia?

August 9, 2008

Bathurst’s own Mark Renshaw is reportedly moving to Team Columbia for the 2009 season. Renshaw, who was an integral part of Thor Hushovd’s lead out train for Credit Agricole, will jump ship to help Team Columbia’s young gun Mark Cavendish.

Cavendish has often been lead out by Germany’s Gerald Ciolek before sprinting to victory in the last 18 months but the former Under 23 world champion is set to leave Columbia for a major German team looking to boost its line-up of sprinters after a disappointing season.

Renshaw has been riding against Cavendish on the track for many years now, and their combined track skills may come in handy in the final bunch sprints.

 

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