Every single one of the Australian riders fought hard to earn their place in the road cycling team that would get to contest a home nation Commonwealth Games. Having made it, there was no way they were going to let the chance for a prestigious victory slip away.
Right from the start, the team controlled the race. They were reeling in breakaways, making their presence felt at the front of the bunch, and then dominating the small group that took to the lead in the final quarter of the 113 kilometre road race.
The four Australians in that lead group at the pointy end of the race were time-trial gold medallist Katrin Garfoot, Tiffany Cromwell, Sarah Roy and Chloe Hosking. However it was clear from the outset that Hosking was the rider that the team was looking to as the one to finish it off.
Hosking hasn’t always been a go to for the Aussie team, initially missing selection in the World Championship squad in 2017 despite being the nation’s top ranked rider. But the Ale-Cipollini rider earned a guaranteed spot in the Commonwealth Games team by winning at the hilly Cadel Evans Road Race in January. The win not only gave her automatic selection but was also a sure sign of the effectiveness of her extensive efforts to change from a phenomenal sprinter, to a phenomenal sprinter that could also climb hills.
Less than two weeks ago it looked like all that hard work might have been derailed as Hosking fell hard at Flanders. Fortunately, despite the horrible to watch crash, Hosking had no major injuries and quickly refocused.
Once Hosking wound up her sprint from the small group heading into the line, it was obvious that no one could compete. The 27-year-old Canberran was clearly going to be walking away with a hard-earned Commonwealth Games gold medal hanging around her neck.
— Dan Jones (@ozDanJones) April 14, 2018
2018 Commonwealth Games Women’s Road Race Results
1 Chloe HOSKING
2 Georgia WILLIAMS
3 Danielle ROWE
4 Sharlotte LUCAS
5 Sarah ROY
6 Tiffany CROMWELL
7 Elinor BARKER
8 Neah EVANS
9 Melissa LOWTHER
10 Hayley SIMMONDS
CyclingTips photographer Tim Bardsley-Smith was on the Gold Coast to capture all the action from the Commonwealth Games cycling events. The gallery below is a selection of his best images.