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Pedal power for victory

25 Mar 06 23:10
Natalie Bates in the Road Cycling. 

Australia's Natalie Bates on the Road Cycling course.

Natalie Bates of Australia has won the Women's Road Race with a convincing ride that saw her break away from the pack with two laps to go.

In a heart-stopping sprint for the minor medals, Australia's Oenone Wood snatched the silver from Nicole Cook, who takes bronze for Wales. 

"It was a whole team effort. Neither of us would have a medal today if we didn't have the team behind us," said Australia's Oenone Wood who claimed silver.

With a lap to go, several members of the peloton caught up with the early breakaway group resulting in a furious sprint for the finish line.

The theme that has extended throughout these Games of sibling success was also apparent in today's Road Race with sisters Natalie and Kate Bates competing.

"It's so exciting. Nattie (Natalie Bates) really deserves this. It was a fantastic ride by the team. Any one of us could have won today but I'm really glad that it was Nat," said Kate Bates, sister of eventual winner Natalie.

Canada's Gina Grain just missed out on a medal.

Also in the final sprint for the finish were England's Rachel Heal and Joanne Kiesanowski of New Zealand.

"It was a really early break. It was a good chance to have a bit of a dig to set things up for later," said gold medallist Natalie Bates.

"When the New Zealand girl (Toni Bradshaw) had a dig I used that to launch. I was lucky that I was able to sit in the break and look after myself a bit."

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