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Road Cycling gold for Hayman

26 Mar 06 07:45
Mathew Hayman rolls across the finish line to take gold in the Men's Road Race. 

Mathew Hayman rolls across the finish line to take gold in the Men's Road Race.

Australian cyclist Mathew Hayman has taken gold in the Men's Road Race, finishing the gruelling 15-lap race in hot conditions, in a time of four hours five minutes and nine seconds.

South African rider David George and Allan Davis of Australia took silver and bronze respectively.

At the start of the race, Duncan Urquhart of Scotland attacked, and was joined within a few laps by a group of four other riders – Kenyan David Kinjah, Robin Sharman of England, South Africa’s Jeremy Maartens and Dominique Parras of Candada - who worked together to stay in front of the peloton until the 10th lap.

A timely move by the eventual silver medallist, George, saw him bridge the gap to the breakaway group just as his compatriot Maartens dropped off the pace.

For the duration of the first 10 laps, the Australian riders steadied the pace of the main peloton, not allowing the breakaway group to get more than two minutes ahead.

On the 11th lap, Davis and Robert Hunter of South Africa broke away from the peloton. Their move was short-lived, but it triggered a series of subsequent attacks over the next two laps.

By the start of the 14th lap, a group of three riders – South African Ryan Cox, George and Hayman - were out in front. The group stayed together, with Hayman allowing the South Africans to do the work at the front, knowing that his team-mates were not far behind.

Halfway through the final lap, Hayman, in a well-planned move leading into one of the sharper climbs on the course, attacked the two South Africans and rode away solo over the final four kilometres to take the gold medal.

Behind him, George held on for silver and Davis moved up to take the bronze medal.

For the latest results, view the Cycling - Road schedules and results section on this Website.

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