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Allan Davis Wins Gold in Cycling Road Race

published  First Published: 10/10/2010
Article written by: Nigel Brookson
Australiaís cyclists have won 14 of a possible 16 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games after Allan Davis produced a scintillating last lap burst to win the menís road race around Delhiís deserted streets.
Davis finished the fascinating 168km event in 3:49.48 to win from New Zealandís Hayden Roulston and Scotlandís David Millar.
Davis received a huge late race boost from unselfish Australian teammate Chris Sutton, who helped wear down the leading group down before succumbing late.
It proved the difference for Davis, 30, who had been a world championship bronze medallist in Geelong seven days ago.
Davis had been dropped off the leading group going into the final lap, before unleashing a huge mid-lap sprint to put himself back in a group of five chasing gold.
A star-studded pack of nine riders had made their move on the leaders with six kilometres to go. Sutton rode his heart out to allow Davis to sprint to the finish, and also raised his arms in triumph for his teammate despite missing a medal.
Pre-race favourite Mark Cavendish of the Isle of Mann looked dejected as he crossed the finish line 59 seconds further back.
Davis's win has further enhanced Australia's status as the top cycling nation in the Commonwealth with Australian rider Rochelle Gilmore also winning the women's gold earlier on Sunday.
A leaner and meaner Allan Davis upstaged the world's fastest man on two wheels, Mark Cavendish, in a thrilling finish.
Davis, third in the road race at the world championships in Geelong last Sunday, has dropped eight kilograms since turning up to the January Tour Down Under noticeably out of condition.
His emotional embrace post-race last night with Australian coaching heads was significant, not just because the Queenslander had backed up the gold won earlier by Rochelle Gilmore but because it was them who issued Davis with a stern wake-up call in April that has led to the 30-year-old's late-season flourish. ''It's not only the last seven days,'' Davis said after the race.
''Over the last two months I've been in really good form, winning mountain stages over in Europe. I'm really happy and proud of myself.
''I've really been putting in the hard yards and have sacrificed a lot in the last couple of months. I had to have a hard look in the mirror about three months ago and my whole form wasn't good to be honest.'' After his podium finish in Geelong Davis, who did not register a win all season riding for professional outfit Astana, said he was hellbent on breaking the drought in Delhi.
Other Golden Moments from Day Seven of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi
Australia's Ben Harradine wins the gold medal in the menís discus at the Commonwealth Games with a best throw of 65.45m. Indiaís Vikas Shive Gowda was second (63.69m) and Englandís Carl Myerscough third
Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley wins the gold medal in the T54 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in a time of 3:19.86 seconds.
Fellow Australian Richard Colman was second in 3:20.90. Canadaís Josh Cassidy was third.
Rochelle Gilmore sprinted when it counted to secure the gold medal in a bunched finish to the women's cycling road race at the Commonwealth Games



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