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Lydia Boylan says Australians lit up Games road race on climbs

Posted on: April 14th, 2018

Chloe Hosking wins Commonwealth Games road race gold

Chloe Hosking wins Commonwealth Games road race gold. And while Lydia Boylan’s track legs found the climbs tough, she survived to finish for Northern Ireland.

 

Chloe Hosking wins Commonwealth Games road race gold

 

National road race champion and season international Lydia Boylan has finished the women’s road race at the Commonwealth Games.

Having trained mainly for the track races on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the Games, Boylan said she felt it on the climbs today.

And with two ascents to face on each of the six 18.7km laps, it was a real war of attrition. The Australian riders let no substantive breakaway go clear.

Instead, they rode on the front with the intention of making the 112km race as hard as they could for everyone else.

It was a plan that worked to perfection; the peloton whittled down to a select group of just 13 women by the finish.

And up the home straight it was Chloe Hosking who stormed in to win gold for the home nation.

The Australians finished a dominant performance with an expert lead out for Hosking from Tiffany Cromwell.

Chloe Hosking took the sprint to claim the title from Georgia Williams of New Zealand. Danielle Rowe from Wales took the bronze.

Irish time trial champion Eileen Burns, who had focussed on the TT and finished 11th in that event last week, was distanced around the halfway mark today and did not finish.

 

Chloe Hosking wins Commonwealth Games road race gold

Eileen Burns approached the TT as her main focus at the Commonwealth Games but rode the road race today for Northern Ireland.

 

Boylan lasted longer than most; finding the pace too hot to handled with two laps remaining.

But once she had lost contact with the lead group she continued to ride, recording a 32nd place finish for Northern Ireland some 10 minutes down.

“It was an amazing experience. There’s always a lot to learn from every major championship,” she said.

“And my coach and I will definitely debrief and figure out where we go from here.

“The Northern Ireland team have been fantastic and there’s been a great atmosphere across all the sports here at the village.”

She leaves the Games with a road season ahead of her with WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling. Her best result in Australia was 8th in the scratch race.

“I prepped more for the track for this Commonwealth Games, and it definitely showed on the climbs,” she said.

“It was tough going and the Aussies really lit it up on the climbs. Unfortunately, it was the end of my race on the fourth lap.”

 

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