Commonwealth Games 2006
Melbourne - Road Events
Time Trial - 29km, St Kilda Foreshore
The Australian team took all three medals in the women's time trial this morning. The 29km course was out and back, starting in St Kilda, almost at the bottom of Fitzroy Street and gong out to the Clock Tower at Black Rock and back. According to the riders, there was nowhere to rest on the course; its rolling nature meant that the pressure was on all the way around.
There was an unexpected late withdrawal by potential medallist New Zealander, Sarah Ulmer. the reason she gave was back injuries, although she is expected to start the road race on Sunday.
First out of the start house was Malta's Stephania Magri, who looked like she was enjoying this, her first event of her first Commonwealth Games. There was only one incident on the start ramp, which occurred when Wendy Houvenaghal faltered as she was released for her effort and had to grab onto the arm of the Chief Timekeeper to keep from falling off.
Oenone Wood had to wait for a few minutes after finishing her ride. She crossed the line, realised that she had taken the lead, but knew that her compatriots were behind her. She also admitted that she had an eye on the clock for New Zealand's Melissa Holt's time; the Kiwi was considered a danger....
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