Meyer, Garfoot win Commonwealth Games TT, Movistar trio recon Tour cobbles: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 11, 2018

Meyer and Garfoot win gold medals for Australia in Commonwealth Games time trial; Movistar trio Landa, Quintana, Valverde recon Tour de France cobblestones; Administration error costs English rider her place in Commonwealth Games TT; Porte, van Garderen continue to build at Tour du Finistère; La Vuelta announces four wildcard teams chosen for 2018 edition; Stefan Küng undergoes surgery on jaw fractured at Paris-Roubaix; U.S. amateur cyclist Dylan Lima accepts sanction for anti-doping rule violation; Video: Danny MacAskill & Claudio Caluori: Home of Trails; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever.” Taiwan KOM Challenge, Part 1: The journey

Meyer and Garfoot win gold medals in Commonwealth Games TT

by VeloClub

Cameron Meyer and Katrin Garfoot secured two gold medals for Australia on Tuesday, winning the men’s and women’s time trials at the Commonwealth Games. Meyer was mainly aiming for the track events at the Games and only decided to ride the TT two weeks ago; in that light, his victory was a major achievement. He crashed in the last time trial he rode some two and a half years ago, breaking his collarbone in the Vuelta TT.

“My coach approached me [two weeks ago] because he knew I had good road-racing form,” he said, according to the Guardian. “He sorted out a bike for me and got all my measurements, and I just thought I’d give it a crack. I just thought, ‘I’m on the Gold Coast anyway, why not go for the challenge?’”

Meyer beat England’s Harry Tanfield by just over 30 seconds, with Hamish Bond (New Zealand) netting bronze. He said that the win made up for his comparative disappointments on the track; he was aiming for victory, but had to accept fourth in the points race and tenth in the scratch race.

Meanwhile, unlike Meyer, Garfoot was a favourite for her race against the clock and finished almost 55 seconds clear of New Zealand’s silver medallist Linda Villumsen. England’s Hayley Simmonds was third, one minute and 14 seconds back.

Garfoot said that finishing only ninth in the last Olympics was a major motivator. “After I did so badly in Rio I just wanted to come home and win here,” she said. “It’s a good place to succeed.” She is based on the Gold Coast and had the benefit of local knowledge. “I reckon I’ve ridden the course every other day since February,” she said.

Click through to read the full report at the Guardian.

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