BBC One: Day 11: 11:55-17:35 Commonwealth Games

BBC One: Day 11: 11:55-17:35

Live coverage continues with Jason Mohammad presenting on the final afternoon of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Events include the men's cycling road race.

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final day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Usain Bolt danced his


way to a gold medal last night, and there are more big moments coming


today. Before the news, Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour tug on Michelle Li.


Congratulations to Michelle Li, but what a terrific campaign that Kirsty


Gilmour has had. In the past few minutes, England have just beaten


New Zealand in hockey in a shoot out. A great result. Facing the New


Zealand side, they proved their nemesis in recent major tournaments.


The Black Sticks one on penalties in 2010, and that is a great result.


After the drama of the hockey and badminton, time to settle down and


enjoy the men's Road race. We can join Jonathan Edwards and Chris


Boardman. It is very wet out here and we have


the own brother out. It started raining towards the end of the


women's race. Lizzie Armitstead took the gold medal in that and Emma


Pooley got silver. This is a tricky course technically, and worse in


these conditions. Worse weather is expected later. It adds some drama.


I went expected later. It adds some drama.


I round the course yesterday when it was like this, and there are many


hazards. There are cobbles, transition from large roads to small


roads, descents. There is a lot of corners. We saw a


roads, descents. There is a lot of corners. We saw group of seven


getaway in the women's race. What would you expect in this men's


race? It will take longer to whittle down, but it will be attritional. It


will get down to a small group which will fight it out at the finish.


Home Nations success in the women's race, and we are looking for the


same in the men's race. David Millar is the hero of the story, hoping to


do well here. It is a swansong for a multisport competition, and I think


David cannot match the others on the climbs, but he can match them on


strategy, and I think we will see him launching some attacks over the


tops of some of the small rises. And the Welsh have a strong team,


especially Geraint Thomas. Yes, he is always in the action, whether it


is the Tour de France or the Commonwealth Games. This is a


perfect course for him and I hope he grabs the opportunity. A big star in


the Isle of Man team, Mark Cavendish. A lot of people are


picking out Peter Kenyon as a potential winner. Is a punchy


rider, well suited to this kind of course, and wait until right at the


death, and he will be launching some attacks. He could live up to the


status of being the favourite. It is pouring down now. Ian Stannard is


good in the rain. A strong writer, but not quite as punchy. He did well


in the nationals, but in this competition, if they let him get


away, he is dangerous. He is the man who, if you are going to brake away,


they will think they can get him in a sprint, but if you let him get


away from you, he is on diesel, and difficult to pull back. Australia


and New Zealand, as always, have strong teams. Rohan Dennis is on


great form. Is the big danger from Australia. And Jack Bauer from New


Zealand. Good afternoon to Simon Brotherton.


Good afternoon, everyone. We are almost ready to go here in


the men's Road race. A soggy start. Most of the women's race was in dry


conditions before the heavens opened for the last couple of laps, but it


has been raining continuously since then. Now the men faced 12 laps of


the same circuit, the 14 kilometre circuit, 160 Edghill mutters in


total. -- 168 kilometres in total. The field will be whittled down to a


considerably smaller number fairly quickly here. That is not a very


good start for the riders from Wales. That would be Jon Mould, who


needs some service, literally about 20 yards after leaving the start


line. Scott Davis had a problem with his bike within about 200 yards off


the start of the time trial be the day. And another mechanical problem


this time for Jon Mould, but luckily for him, the race is only just


getting underway and he should be able to get back on the rear end of


the peloton without too much difficulty. The Australian team


gathered up towards the frontier. We will see a lot of them, Mark Renshaw


is a team-mate of Mark Cavendish. The elder statesmen of the


Australian team at 31 years old, and this is the first time he has


represented Australia in a national shirt for the last decade. An


ignominious start for Jon Mould, who has had a good season, he won


tournament earlier. Already stuck some distance behind


the peloton on Glasgow Green. I do not think that is the first


mechanical we will see today in these conditions. To be honest, if


you are going to have one, this is the best part of the race. It gives


it a chance to get back in the race. Here we are, along Argyle Street for


the first time, through the chicane. In the not too distant


future, the 90 degrees right hands turn on the smooth and increasingly


slippery pedestrianised area of Buchanan Street. It looks very


different to the women's race this morning, still some damp patches


about, but largely dried. Now it looks like a sheet of glass, and


that is what it feels like under the wheel as well. There are a few white


lines to be negotiated, all of the slippery hazards that can start the


back wheel sliding. Once it starts to go, there is no recovering. Along


right here, Jon Mould, to get back. -- a long ride here. The first


little incline on St Vincent Street. About to come onto the horizon for


the riders. A deceptively large amount of climbing, actually,


cumulatively, in this event. Six small runs of varying gradients are


dotted around this course mother they add up to 109 feet of climbing


in each lap, and that is 7200 feet climbing over the course of the


race, so quite deceptive. That looks like Luke Rowe for Wales, trying to


force the pace early on, with the black top on. It is not a long race


for some of these riders, who are used to riding well over 200


commenters. -- 200 kilometres. Everyone is happy to be at the front


and out of trouble in such difficult conditions. Peter Kenyon shows his


face at the front for the first time. He is one of the fancied


riders in this race. That is quite surprising. I thought he would be


putting surprising. I thought he would be


himself out of harm's way at surprising. I thought he would be


front. It is nice to pick your own line when you are getting used to


that turns on the circuit here, but he is really pressing on on this


first lap. Curious tactics here, not quite sure, not something I would


expect to see at this stage of the race, but clearly it is


expect to see at this stage of the move, and it makes it difficult to


chase. Perhaps he feels it is best to get out at the front and deal


with the corners alone. The rain is absolutely pouring down here in


I am sure he is hoping that he will Glasgow.


I am sure he is hoping that he will get some company,


I am sure he is hoping that he will that to be in a small group on a


circuit like this, he will be better placed to tackle the race. I


certainly think there will be, as you have mentioned before,


certainly think there will be, as range of ability in this race. In


the first couple of laps, you need to make sure you stay out of any


problems on a day like this. With this mixed competition, with a lot


of riders, it is reasonable to say, who are not used to this kind of


competition. Often they experienced professional riders will write had


all the way through the first couple of laps to whittle down the field.


Pete is making an early lead on the first lap. Conditions today are


similar to when Chris Boardman checked at the course only 24 hours


ago. We are on the edge of the Trossachs National Park, surrounded


by beautiful countryside and challenging climbs, but for some


reason, the course designers have chosen to keep the entire circuit


within the city boundaries. It is a street circuit really enough to find


a worthy Commonwealth Games champion? I am going to look at the


course to find out. All I need is a swift steeds to carry me around.


There is no distinct hill to speak of on the circuit. It will be


completed 12 times by the men, and seven times by the women, to make a


total race difference of 158 kilometres and 198 metres


respectively. That does not mean there is not any climbing. It is all


hidden in plain view. It is spread evenly over the 14


kilometres circuit as six small inclines, none of them more than a


few hundred metres long. But it could kill all of the riders' speed.


Being near the front will be absolutely critical. During the


men's race, they will tackle 84 of these, with 609 feet of climbing


every lap, so nobody is going to be able to sit in and wait for the


sprint. As if that was not enough to deal


with, I have counted 38 distinct corners they will have to negotiate


on each and every lap, and one of them are more important than this


one. This is Rottenrow. It is an easy left-hand turn, but it takes


them onto a steep and cobbled stiff scent. It might only be a short


section of road, but the smooth slippery cobbles have got the


organisers so worried, they have covered the majority of them up with


a gripping surface. Then there is a dogleg onto a wide road which will


take them down to the park. In normal conditions, a corner like


this would not give them too many difficulties. In normal conditions.


That is because the cobbles and the paved sections of the course, like


Buchanan Street, normally pedestrianised, are incredibly


slippery when wet, as you might have noticed by the full waterproof


clothes. Rain is forecast for the event itself.


parks, the athletes will have a sudden bottleneck. Those too far


back will be forced to break sharply and they will have two sprints to


catch up, you can only do that so many times. Staying in the top 20 or


30 will be critical. This circuit around the iconic Glasgow streets is


absolutely magnificent, it has got everything you could possibly want


in a championship circuit. To win here, you are not only going to have


to be physically strong but technically skilled and tactically


very astute. I think we should ride the race on these bikes.


Just as Chris rode on his own in the rain yesterday, this is the very


first lap of the race, attacking with 166 kilometres to go and he is


still out in front. He is on Woodlands Road at the moment which


means he is 7.5 kilometres into the first lap. Each lap is 14 kilometres


in distance and he will pretty soon almost doubled back on himself and


start the short climb around Park Quadrant, Park Circus. We are still


in the West End, the outskirts of Kelvingrove Park. Here he is,


switching back. Time to look around over his shoulder and


switching back. Time to look around over his shoulder the cancer as to


who is there is nobody at all. This is an interesting tactic when you


consider there are so many other riders in the race. --


consider there are so many other are still feeling fresh. Whether or


not they were going to be a factor or not. This is exceptionally


unexpected, it is safe to say he is going faster than me on his lap but


he has a long way to go. I have never seen anything like this, he is


working very hard for that 20 seconds. There are lots of fresh


legs, even if they are not attacking, just staying at the


front. Big energy expenditure from one of the favourites. A very


businesslike look on his face. He has been in great form


businesslike look on his face. He this race. He was beaten by Tom


Scully for the gold medal. He was left off the Sky roster for the Tour


de France. The British road race champion. The rider from Guernsey is


on the front of the chasing group. It is already starting to split up a


bit. In the early stages of the race. It does


bit. In the early stages of the somebody to lose a wheel, we have


already seen crashes over the course of this competition, some of the


backmarkers as well. Pete Kennaugh with chance to pick his line across


the City streets. Now coming into Sauchiehall Street


for the first time as he heads back into the middle of town. He is


feeling his way around the bends. It looks very slow to us but they have


25 square millimetres of rubber in contact with the ground. They will


be in travelling axe base excess -- in excess of 70 kilometres per hour


on these roads at some points. The race is just breaking apart. It is


due to the shape of the course itself. There has been no settling


in period at the start of the race, this is the first of 12 laps. I


would be interested to hear a tactical explanation here from Pete


Kennaugh. He took everybody by surprise. Not least us in the


commentary box. James McLaughlin from Guernsey on the front of the


first chasing group, and also from Guernsey on the front of the


another Guernsey rider, Michael from Guernsey on the front of the


Serafin, towards the front. We are back with the leader.


A lot of the riders would have already mentally gone off today,


imagine facing four hours in these conditions, it is a very difficult


day of riding. But it is a fantastic course. It


day of riding. But it is a fantastic animates the race. If you were up


for it, and you might be in these conditions, it is not a bad thing


because you know that already you are breaking down the field before


you start to a certain extent. I have been in these situations. I


have been sat at the start line and watching the first spots of rain


starting and I am already mentally going home. As soon as that doubt


seeps in, you are already out. There is quite a few of those in here


today. Heading down towards Nelson Mandela Place for the first time.


They are through that now. They will cut across the shopping street,


Buchanan Street. And along George Street, George Square on the right


hand side. Just where the flags are in your picture. You can see the gap


that Pete Kennaugh has. The gap looks to be slightly less than 30


seconds to me. Montrose Street, a real sting in the tail for the


riders over the last couple of laps in the women's race. Short and sharp


and not terribly friendly. At least it does not last long. About 15


seconds of riding. You it does not last long. About 15


as we get to the top how steep it is. It takes its toll when you have


been up a dozen times. A bright start for Pete Kennaugh of the Isle


of Man, and the main man was expected to be Mark Cavendish but


his crash at stage one of the Tour de France means that he is unable to


take his place here. Jill Douglas caught up with him earlier today.


The last time we saw you caught up with him earlier today.


going into an ambulance in Harrogate. Where are you with the


injury? IMO K. I was Harrogate. Where are you with the


completely for ten days. I was back training pretty quickly. I am not


going to keep the condition. I have always done the tour at this point


so I do not know what my condition will be like. I have been training


hard this week. I can ride my bike no problem. I will see what happens


now. Disappointing not to see you racing here. What are your thoughts


ahead of the race? Strong nations, but collectively not a strong


peloton. The teams are going to be quite bullish about it, particularly


the Kiwis and Aussies, they have strong guys but do not underestimate


the home nations, we have lots of good domestic riders right now and


the Isle of Man has a strong guy. That is going to be our advantage,


being the underdogs. It will make for interesting racing. You will


have teams marking each other out like there was in Delhi. When you


get strong numbers in those smaller teams, you know, they can spring a


surprise. How do you rate the chances of Pete Kennaugh? You are


going to be in the team car. We have more than just Pete. Andrew is not


going to win but he will do a good job. We talked about tactics last


night, and what I think is going to happen, I think it will either go


one way or the other, it will be like the nationals last year, where


we got it cleared from the beginning. Otherwise it is going to


be controlled and the weather could play a part. It will be difficult to


ride this course in the wet. I am confident that as a team, the Isle


of Man cannot go into it just to compete, we have to try to win. I am


confident. I am still waiting for it. That is why I am proud to be


representing the Isle of Man right now. I hope the lads and the girls


do well, we have been going away since we were 12 years old to go


racing. The likes of Pete have been doing that, and others, just to


compete against world tour riders and ultimately possibly be


successful, that is a nice thing. Thank you very much. Great to hear


from Mark Cavendish, but it is Thank you very much. Great to hear


great shame that he is not out on the roads this afternoon. Of course


he won on this circuit, the national championship last year. He gave some


hints that this is perhaps not spontaneous, it is the look of a


planned tactic, albeit a surprisingly one. There were some


pauses in the discussion between Mark and GL intimating that this


could go from the gun and he did not want to be caught in the position of


having to defend and do all of the chasing. -- Jill. He is certainly


not doing the chasing now, that's for sure. David Miller in the blue


of Scotland, at the front of the chase. A kilometre or two earlier,


getting across, that would have been interesting, a long breakaway. David


Millar wants to get stuck in. I do not think we will


Millar wants to get stuck in. I do on the climbs necessarily. Mark


Cavendish said he felt some of the teams would be bullish and none has


been more bullish than the Isle of Man and Pete Kennaugh in the first


lap. Here he comes, four seasons in one day here in Glasgow. Four


seasons in one lap, I think! Big grin from Pete Kennaugh, mixing it


up at the start of the race, nobody was expecting this. Just over 20


minutes for the first lap. 11 to go. There has been a lot of sorting out


behind him. Pete Kennaugh, if he was to win today, and he is one of the


favourites for the race, it would only be the third gold medal ever


won in cycling by the Isle of Man, Peter Buckley winning the road race


in 1966, and Mark Cavendish eight years ago. It has put the


Australians on the back foot, it is down to them to do the chasing now.


The gap is showing at around 30 seconds. Exactly 30 seconds. All of


the Australians at the front are sensing the danger, there might be a


long way to go but they will have to take this one seriously. The


Australians talking take this one seriously. The


race at the media conference, they said it would be a sprint because


race at the media conference, they they will make sure it is a sprint.


Plenty of other riders will try to make sure


Plenty of other riders will try to different scenario and if it is


Plenty of other riders will try to sprint, the likelihood is that it


will be from a small group of maybe half a dozen. Absolutely. It is


unusual for them to state their tactics so openly to the press. Mark


Renshaw is a great lead out man for Mark Cavendish. He is not really a


winner in his own right. It has been a year since he has had a win but he


has always been there or thereabouts. We are talking about


him all the way through his races. Caleb Ewan as well. A massively


talented 20-year-old. If he can hang in towards the end, he has got a


quick finish. It is a strong team, as ever. Let's hope this improvement


in the weather stays for what is left of the race. As you can see,


the field is splitting up markedly. Is that Ian Stannard out of the race


already? It certainly looks that way to me. His season has been utterly


ruined by the crash when he broke a better brain his back. -- vertebra


in his back. You would think these conditions would suit Stannard,


in his back. You would think these worse the weather, the better he


goes, but he has quickly been knocked out of the running in terms


of being able to assist in any way. The gap remains at 30 seconds. That


is not big enough, couple of strong attacks and it could quickly be


swamped, that kind of margin. He needs to push out a little bit. He


desperately needs company. 160 odd kilometres on your own is simply too


far in my opinion. Making the left-hand turn from Buchanan Street.


Those who have positioned themselves in the


Those who have positioned themselves in right spot near the barriers


round here can see the riders twice on each lap, they can move a few


yards up the road to see them coming back down notes on Mandela Place, a


little bit later on in the lap. -- back down towards Nelson Mandela


Place. Steve Cummings is up towards the


front for England. Steve Cummings is a strong rider as well. He would do


well in a breakaway situation. I am not sure that Peter Kennaugh can


stretched his lead. You can see by his face that he is working strongly


but he has not gone all in and he knows there is a long


his face that he is working strongly but he has not gone all in way to


go. We said from the start that this is an interesting tactic, very rare


from somebody of his calibre, but clearly he knows what he's doing and


he is to this move. -- he is commented to this move.


The sun is shining down on the wet roads here. Just look at the size of


that group now. We have got 30, 40 riders, absolute tops, still in


contention here. It did not take long at all to get rid of almost 100


riders from this field. He has stretched out his gap a little


further now, 40 seconds. The interesting thing about these


multisport games, particularly the Commonwealth Games, and why I


enjoyed watching it more than any of the race, is that it tends to be


more of a race of individuals. You do not have a strong team to control


the race and dictate the terms. It is about the individuals who have


the courage to go out and attack and make it happen. We saw that


the courage to go out and attack and Delhi, a marvellous race. Peter


Kennaugh it is still Delhi, a marvellous race. Peter


the riders drop off. This is Mackenzie Smith of the Cayman


Islands. He has decided that one lap was enough of this road race, giving


the searing pace at the start. Into the park they go,


again heads out to the West End for the second time. Very tough to get


the second time. Very tough to anywhere near this section when we


were trying to do a recce anywhere near this section when we


of days ago with the lawn bowls anywhere near this section when we


have a loan breakaway. There are 38 bends in every lap Tom and this is


the place you want to do it. Get a bends in every lap Tom and this is


behind. An interesting tactic, but a great place to do it.


Over the river and into University Avenue for the leader. This looks


like Luke Rowe, leading the chase. They have decided that it might not


be the normal pattern of things but somebody has to kick-start this


race. Riders are dropping out all the time here.


The field is rapidly being whistled down here. Back at the front of the


race. Nobody coming across to join Peter Kennaugh after his earlier


attack. Plenty of time to respond. Many kilometres left to race yet. Is


almost at the furthest point from Glasgow Green now. The furthest


point West. He is about 5.5 kilometres into the lap and now is


going to turn right into Byres Road. It is easy to for get when we are


watching this action that it is tough. We still have 3.5 hours of


racing left. It is a long way to that finish line, and that is the


only point when it matters if you are in the lead. This


quite interesting. It is well represented. Tuft is in there. A


strong man in the trying trial -- in the time trial. A nice bit of


daylight here. Northern Ireland represented as well. Tuft is the


rider in the middle and he finished just outside the medals in the time


trial the other day. And now I'm great George Street. Getting some


company would suit Peter Kennaugh at the front. Some quality riders, they


would be very useful. Those three are still holding their


lead here. The camera angle is foreshortening the view at it. The


camera motorbike is almost part of the team there. Let's get a close-up


of these riders as go through, Tuft leading the way. Peter Hawkins of


Northern Ireland is in there, and Nathan Haas as well, for Australia.


It looks like Australia are playing a more traditional tactical plan


here. They are using up their lesser riders first to do all of the


chasing in the early race and saving the names for the last few


kilometres. I really like turning it on its


head, this approach that Peter Kennaugh has taken. I'm sure he will


be able to talk us through it after the race and what the thinking was,


because it did look like a preplanned move, very unusual.


Here is Tuft from Canada. He finished both the Giro d'Italia and


the Tour de France. A really old school tough professional at 37


years old. Is no stranger to the rain, coming out of that Tour de


France. We saw more of that in the month of July than we have for many


years. Peter Hawkins just for a moment is slightly off the back of


that little group, hanging onto the back wheel of Nathan Haas. Nathan


Haas was second in the Tour of Britain a couple of years ago. And


further up the load Road, our leader. It was almost as if he was


shot from a gun at the start of the race. He just disappeared as soon as


we got underway. Into Park Circus with the leader


from the Isle of Man. The three are just closing down there, we can see


them on the bottom left of the screen approaching the same corner.


They are slowly making inroads into Peter Kennaugh's lead. 23 seconds


now. Within the next few kilometres, we should see them join up, and that


will be a very interesting group. Tuft is very good at the sustained


efforts, fourth in the time trial a few days ago. Hawkins has got


himself in good company year. He is in that little chasing group


of three as the peloton goes through Park Circus. There is Hawkins. Fifth


on a stage of the Tour of Britain in 2012. He is involved at the front of


the racier, with just one rider further up the road. He didn't show


up on the camera, but descending on paving stones, very smooth and


slippery. They have just got to hold off the brakes long enough. It takes


a lot of skill to ride around the circuit in these conditions. Here is


the front of the main peloton, with New Zealand very well represented.


40 seconds is the gap from the main field to Peter Kennaugh, so not much


has changed. There has been a five second clawing back.


He is starting to get a feel for this circuit now, he knows where the


smooth sections are, where the grids are to be avoided. A short climb


into Blythswood Square now before the left-hand turn and the straight


fast run downhill the left-hand turn and the straight


Mandela Place. Here is our chasing group of three.


They are just turning off Souchiehall Street into Blythswood


Street. But it is idea of gap between them.


Here is Peter Kennaugh now. Really big crowds in the city centre, and


they will be growing all the time as the race goes on. Cutting across


Buchanan Street now. At long George Street. George Square


will be on his right hand side shortly, a real focal point for the


Commonwealth Games. We have seen many people having their photograph


taken now. We have already have seven riders climbed off in this


race, and I think that list will grow quickly in the course of the


next lap. 133 left in the race so far. All of


them are chasing Peter Kennaugh from the Isle of Man. The crowds here, no


problem with the weather, five deep in some places on this circuit. One


of the duties of having a street circuit is that it is easy for


people to watch. Personally, I did it is a real triumph, what they have


achieved here. They could have gone out into the Trossachs National


Park, but instead they kept it all within the city of Glasgow and it


has certainly got its own challenges, as we can fear. It is a


tried and tested route, after they challenges, as we can fear. It is a


held the national championships here last year. It was a bold move to do


some thing like that last year. It was a bold move to do


so many options, and I think it is paying off handsomely. This gives


you a nice indication of how thoroughly unpleasant these few


hundred yards off the course are. Cumulatively more and more


difficult. Hawkins is on the front, with Nathan Haas right beside him.


And others here on Montrose Street.


And tough climb for Loto Petrus, the


And Namibian on the back. A series of


intervals there, interval training. Roger Aiken from Northern Ireland is


just in front of the Namibian. Taking it nice and steady, and there


is a bit of covering their on the street to help the riders.


We are seeing some attacks starting to come now, and the team car is


trying to get through. Almost getting involved in the action.


Almost no straight roads to have an attached, really. They are having to


jump as best as they can between corners, and you can see why it is


so important to stay in the first 30 riders. You can see the action


happening, but just cannot get involved with it if you are not


within that first 30. They are not far behind now, so this


race is still wide open. There is such a long way to go. This is just


the second lap of 12. Canada have clearly decided that they are going


to have attacking grace from the get go. 43 seconds is the size of the


gap to the chase group. Remi Pelletier was very active on the


track, he won the bronze medal in the scratch race, a race that was


won by Shane Archibold of New Zealand. He has used his power on


the track to get a very handsome gap there in a short space of time. E


has worked hard for the team pursuit, a four minute effort. In


the latter stages now of the second lap. Pele.


He is behind the leader, Pete Kennaugh. That would be a strong


grouping at the front if the Canadians suddenly had two in the


lead group. The time gap has stayed roughly the same, everybody is


riding pretty much at the same speed around the circuit and it cannot


vary much because there is a terminal velocity to get around the


bend is safely. There are so many corners, and in these wet conditions


they restrict the maximum speed. Pete Kennaugh may be expending


energy. But not much more than would normally be the case because of the


nature of the course. A safe, smooth ride as well, he can dictate his own


pace, he does not have too braked too hard. He can dictate his own


line. Not having to work too hard. I was talking to the England team


manager Chris Newton. Lizzie Armitstead was asking the motorbikes


for some information on various routes. We have not had any time


checks in the past few routes. We have not had any time


thankfully the system has come to life. As they come towards the end


of the second lap, here is Pete Kennaugh. Turning right into the


finishing straight. In the sunshine 20 minutes ago, but it has changed


somewhat. Some more specks of rain at the moment. He has been out in


front pretty much since the race started, 168 kilometres is the


distance, 28 covered. Like the previous lap, he has chosen this as


the place to feed. You need to stay on top. He will be burning 1300


calories per hour. The moment you start to feel hungry it is


effectively over. It does not look like Pete Kennaugh


well have any company any time soon. The breakaway has been overhauled.


Second over the line is Pelletier. The three who were chasing have been


brought back in. Pelletier is now second. It seemed at that he was


hurtling down the road with his team-mate just ahead of him. They're


rather remnants of the peloton coming through, and my goodness me,


it has been whittled down quickly. 14 riders left chasing Pete Kennaugh


now in the main group. It is reasonable to say that that is the


only group that will be contesting things. David Millar is still in


there. Geraint Thomas is in the group but we have not seen him. He


is out of vision at the moment. Pete Kennaugh is now heading into Argyle


Street. Here is Pelletier. Mark Renshaw is in the group as well. One


of the danger men for the day, Renshaw is in the group as well. One


comes down to a sprint finish. All of the favourites in fact are still


tucked away in there. And we probably won't see them through an


hour or so. The mistaken or beard at Dan Craven of Namibia in the back of


the group, just going round, at the back of the peloton as they went


over the line. Australia have decided that it is their


responsibility to do the chasing. They have been forced to use up some


firepower, just to regulate the race. Quite a high prices being paid


to put them under pressure, though. Pete Kennaugh is


to put them under pressure, though. amount of energy to stay up there.


Roe Is also policing the front of the peloton. Here is the leader.


There is no leeway. He has been as high as 45 seconds ahead. It settles


down the race. It blew it apart on the first lap, unexpectedly, but now


it has settled into a rhythm and nothing has changed for a while. It


is as if they know that he is within range and they are happy to keep in


there. A flurry of attacks behind. Still filtering over the line at the


end of the second lap. It looks like the Canadians have got this group


surrounded. Roche From the Isle of Man is also there. He has ridden in


every single Commonwealth Games raced since 1990. -- race since


1990. Pete Kennaugh does not seem to mind as he goes along St Vincent


Street. Well, checking behind all the time now. This is an interesting


sign. I don't know whether he is waiting for company and whether he


should start to let it go now. Pelletier looks willing but he does


not appear to be closing the gap. He rode in the individual and team the


shoot, finishing ninth. He did really well to snatch a medal in the


scratch race. Geraint Thomas, there. Having a little chat. Thomas rode


well, in the time trial, getting a bronze medal. He was not far away. A


very strong performance. For a long time I thought he would pull off the


win but he slipped back in the final, Alex Dowsett with a


tremendous turnaround, the 15 second deficit. Joe Kelly from the Isle of


Man has pulled out, we saw him racing on the track as well. He is


race has been run. He is riding with his brother Jake, also in the Isle


of Man team. But his team-mate here, Pete Kennaugh is leading the way.


And there is a long way to go, as you can see.


We have not seen a are generally the long shots when


somebody attacks from the gun. The riders behind are certainly nervous,


that's for sure, in the peloton, but they are conserving energy by


staying in the wheels. More riders are dropping out, Zach Bell, I


really experienced rider, he has been involved in nearly all of the


races on the track and the road, the time trial on Thursday, and twice a


former world champion on the track. And Bell, the national Canadian


champion for 2013. His race is run. Fairly early on, it must be said, he


obviously wants to concentrate on the track.


obviously wants to concentrate on time check, who is coming through


where, 49 seconds on our clerk to the main group. 38 seconds to


Pelletier, but what is interesting is that one of the guys chasing is


Rohan Dennis and I thought that is that one of the guys chasing is


would do a really good ride today in his own right, I thought maybe they


were bluffing with the press, saying they were going all in with Mark


Renshaw for the sprints, but perhaps that is what they are doing, it


seems to be a very good ride to be using so early in the race. Scott


Thwaites is doing a lot of the policing


Thwaites is doing a lot of the towards the front of the peloton in


the early stages, out of Kelvingrove Park goes the leader. He is really


getting a feel for the line, his Park goes the leader. He is really


speed has gone up. Well, not a great day


speed has gone up. Well, not a great start well and he must hadn't 50


yards before he had a mechanical problem with his bike. -- he must


have only done 50 yards. I am surprised he is still out there, I


think there might have been more of a gap, maybe the peloton has


decided, we will leave it for awhile and pick it up in few hours. He is


caught in no man's land, at the last time check he was still a


considerable distance behind Pete Kennaugh. But he is slowly making up


ground. Here comes the peloton. Wales are well represented with Roe


and Geraint Thomas, Thomas is fourth in line here in the white jersey


with red shorts and the blew down the centre of his helmet. -- blue.


When you are caught out on the back foot like this and you are in the


position of having to chase, hard choices have to be made and that is


what Australia has done, they have sacrificed some good riders to


regulate the race, but they have only got good riders here. A very


strong all-round team, they only got good riders here. A very


got. Saint Georges Street is coming up now. This is one of the steeper


sections of the course. It was here where Lizzie Armitstead launched her


race winning victory with a powerful surge up the centre of the road.


There is Mark Cavendish. Leading out of the team car. Not short of a few


words. I am not sure what that hand gesture is but it does not looking


courage in, does it? That's for sure. They will be having a bit of a


discussion here. -- encouraging. Pete Kennaugh presses on and so does


discussion here. -- encouraging. Pelletier in trying to reel him in.


Making a two man break at the start of the race. Pelletier, along Great


George Street. A lot of time checks. Very different to the ones that we


have seen on screen. 41 seconds behind, Pelletier. 64 seconds back


to the peloton. The Canadian is not making up any ground at all.


Absolutely flying down Gibson Street here. The road then moves to the


left-hand side. That is the only respite he will get from while, the


you can see the speed dropping. Going up or down. There is basically


no flat on the circuit Going up or down. There is basically


is a riders eye view of the chase. Tucking into the most


is a riders eye view of the chase. aerodynamically efficient position


that he can. Down this descent. He would have been interesting to


that he can. Down this descent. He listen to, in the conversation


between Mark Cavendish and Pete Kennaugh a few minutes ago. They do


not often convey that he is doing a great job, they were aggrieved about


something. Wales again are well represented


towards the front of the main peloton. Three of the first four


places are filled by Welsh men. A good line-up. Mould we have already


seen out of the race. Scott Davies, Owain Doull, Roe and Geraint Thomas


riding for Wales this afternoon. The lead at the last check was 64


seconds and I think he needs three minutes plus to be in with a shout


of the win at this sort of distance out because once the racing really


starts and be attacking starts and it is consistent, the gap will come


down quickly. He is a strong rider, and he knows what he is doing. But


it is a long way when the lead has not gone much over a minute. It is a


long way. It is just a very unusual tactics. There is a reason this is


unusual, because it normally just doesn't work. Remi Pelletier has


realised he was effectively banging his head against a brick wall. Rohan


Dennis was so frustrated on Thursday to finish with a silver medal in the


time trial. A strong line-up for Wales. Luke


Rowe is also close to the front, keeping out of trouble. For me, he


is one of the potential riders here. Quite soon the city it is going to


set in. -- the fatigue. About an hour, an hour and a half in, you


start to ache and think, was this it a good idea after all? A nice and


steady rhythm being tapped out on the front of that peloton, with a


largely in troubled face on the Australian. -- untroubled. We have


lost about 15% of the riders in this race, with about 118


lost about 15% of the riders in this around the circuit, but only about


40 of them still in contention. I was going to say, most of them will


be stronger over the circuit, from what we have seen. Geraint Thomas is


the cyclist with the white rimmed what we have seen. Geraint Thomas is


shades on. 41 riders, including Peter Kennaugh, in the action, with


everyone else more than Formica minutes behind now. So this is the


race that we are seeing here, as Canada put the pressure on yet


again. The Canadian riders are looking livelier, trying to animate


the action. The rain is pouring in one part of


the course, yet it is dry on another part.


Back onto Montrose Street, the Cote de Montrose, for Peter Kennaugh.


Through the showers and into the sunshine, it seems. I am not sure


whether he is sure how far he is different. Is not looking as


comfortable as he was, which is to be expected, but there are still an


awful be expected, but there are still an


long way to go here, and these crimes are now starting to look like


hard climbs. He was flowing over them for the first couple of laps,


but not any more. Now it is really starting to bite.


Everybody feels comfortable now not to be fighting for different


positions. England and Australia are taking control, and everybody feels


comfortable to sit in the string and wait and let the kilometres tick


by. Jack Bauer is on the right-hand side your picture. He is moving into


the centre. Alex Dowsett, with the red and white and the helmet with


navy size and a lime green line right down the centre. Daisy will it


in the blue of Scotland not far from the front. The riders are toiling up


a Montrose Street. They are bringing up the rear in that group, Robert


Aitken once again. Shane Archibold there, number 102 from New Zealand.


I would be surprised if he sees the end of this race, Shane Archibold.


He is a superb track rider, end of this race, Shane Archibold.


is difficult to switch between events at such short notice. William


Routley is at the back of the alert on as well. He was a surprise winner


in the Tour of California on one stage this season. That is the gap


that the leader has at the moment. Is slowly moving away.


Blue skies are visible here. Not the crowds will enjoy it. They have


come out in their tens of thousands, despite the weather, to support


these riders. They are heading into wards Glasgow Green again now, along


London Road. Almost one quarter of a way through


the race now. 100 and to go. -- 128 kilometres to go.


Blessed with another two minutes of sunshine. 106 TA kilometres -- 168


kilometres, this race. The People's Palace in the middle of the screen


there. And now Peter National road champion. He is on


fantastic form, and he was bitterly disappointed to be left out of the


Tour de France team. He is responding in the most eloquent way


that any athlete can do when they do not agree with the management, and


that is to do the talking with his legs. A very compact and meat style,


very economic all. A 1-piece legs. A very compact and meat style,


sued for the day. He knew he would be out there writing against the


clock. Is such a talented rider, Peter Kennaugh. He has bitten off


quite a lot here with this tactic. That is for sure.


crosses the line now. The flag of the Isle of Man flutters proudly in


the breeze, as Peter Kennaugh comes up towards the line, once again. If


you have just joined our coverage, this rider from the Isle of Man has


led almost from the start of the race. Three laps done, nine to go. I


think this time check will get here is the truly reliable one as to


where we are in terms of the race overall.


Here comes the peloton, with Wales very well represented at the front.


A couple of left-hand turns to go, sorry, a couple of right-hand turns


to go, before they head up the finishing straight. David Millar,


the bronze-medallist, from four years ago in Delhi, is safely tucked


in about a dozen riders back. Here they come now. They are cautiously


taking that right-hand turn. They have completed just over one quarter


of the race distance. This will take just over Formica hours to complete


this race -- just over four hours to complete this race, and I am sure


that is just synching in for Peter Kennaugh now. His lead is slowly


building. And still sitting at the front of that peloton, rowing


various -- Rohan Dennis. You can see the seniority and


experience shining through, with the professionals, like Terrence Thomas,


or riding near the front. We will see all the main names in the main


30, making sure they stay out of trouble and intelligent anything


happens. Peter Kennaugh is going along Argyle


Street. He is ready to turn right, into the shopping heartland of the


city of Glasgow, Buchanan Street. The peloton is coming out of Glasgow


Green and back onto the city streets now. Sam Harrison is in second place


there, with the red stripe down the centre of his helmet. And then there


for Northern Ireland, Robert Aitken. He seems


for Northern Ireland, Robert mechanical problem. He may have


already had some problems in the race. It looks like they


already had some problems in the the Alan Keyes out, so something


needs adjusting. This is the bit where the mechanic earns his money.


The seat is coming loose there. Repairs on the Move! Difficult on a


course like this, that is for sure, because there is so little straight.


He needs to get a move on, because he is 100m behind this peloton now,


and they are travelling at over 40 kilometres an hour. And in a minute


or so he were becoming up this hill as well, so he could do with getting


his seat tightened up. That as well, so he could do with getting


gap, the information that the leader will be receiving. I am not sure he


is carrying a radio, I cannot see one. The riders do have that option,


to be able to get time check from the car. We have had a crash. Rohan


Dennis has gone down. Very bad news for Australia. Rohan Dennis on the


deck, at the right-hand turn into Buchanan Street from Argyle Street.


He had done such a good job, just marshalling everything on the front


of the peloton for so long. Let's have a look here. Not a great shot,


but you certainly get the idea. Just going down right at the start, as he


went into that corner. The whole English team just managed to avoid


that one. Just a moment's in attention as they settle into the


rhythm. And he does not look like he is getting back on. Vigilance


required at all times. Australia are one down there. It has sparked off


the attacking, and it is Canada again you are trying to move away.


The England team are happy to let the Australians do the pacemaking.


Now they are on the counter, while the Australians get themselves


organised. The rider who is following is Owain


Doull, who has had an excellent Commonwealth Games. He is another


really talented young British rider, fourth in the under 23 Tour


of Flanders earlier this year. Very attentive. Very keen to get involved


in the action. I think this is Nic Hamilton from Canada on the front at


the moment. He had to miss the track programme because he crashed into


one of the officials, collided with one of the officials, while training


on the track, the day before competition started. Both he and the


official were injured, and he said that some contrition. I think I am


right in saying that the officials of a broken collarbone, thankfully,


he is OK. He had to sit at the track programme. Peter Kennaugh is


completely unaware of all the action going on behind him. The Road is


starting to try out a bit, or the water is starting to thin out a bit.


A pleasant interlude. Wales are happy to follow, but not ready to


launch their own attacks just yet. But they are riding strongly as a


team come and I can see Sam Harrison riding there. One of the major teams


yet, Australia, who had a plan of action, have just had one of their


strongest riders taking out of the race, so what are they going to do


differently now? They are already starting to look around. They have


not replaced another front. They may think it is now time for somebody


else to take the chase. Plenty of think it is now time for somebody


here. David Millar was again in the front 15,


here. David Millar was again in the thereabouts. Here now, up towards


the front, Scott Davis. Is he thereabouts. Here now, up towards


off the back? I think he is at the back at the moment.


off the back? I think he is at the 19-year-old, the new British


National under 23 time trial champion. It


National under 23 time trial the team car pulls in front of you


but in fact they are trying to help them out, give them a bridge back to


the peloton. Four out of 12 in the men's road race, and as has been the


case since the start, Pete Kennaugh of the Isle of Man is leading and


his lead is little over a minute. STUDIO: We will take a break from


this compound in road race, if you want to continue watching it the


next couple of minutes, live uninterrupted coverage is on the red


button. Press red now. It has been such a busy day, we will update you


what has been going on. These are today's top stories... The


opportunity as they roll away. Lizzie Armitstead beats everyone in


the road race this morning. One well timed attack brought her clear to


clinch gold. An English one-two, Emma Pooley taking gold in her last


ever race. They overcame fellow English opposition. 2-0 inside 40


minutes. 3-3 at full time between England and New Zealand in the


bronze medal match four years ago and again today. New Zealand took it


on penalty strokes in Delhi but this time England won 4-2 in the shoot


out. Kirsty Gilmour reached the final in the badminton at Li took it


21-14, 21-7 to win the gold medal. A brilliant silver medal for the


20-year-old Gilmour. England's netball team followed up the painful


last-gasp semifinal defeat to New Zealand where they lost to Jamaica


in today's runs medal match. -- bronze medal. Staying with netball,


over on BBC Three in a few moments it is currently half-time, there was


a super gold medal match taking place at the Hydro, the fifth time


netball has been part of the Commonwealth Games and Australia and


New Zealand have met in every final. Two wins each. New Zealand's


defeating Australia in the last two finals. The 2010 final was decided


in sudden death and this one looks tight, too. At half-time it is 24-28


to Australia. They will resume in a few minutes on BBC Three. The Indian


became the first male Indian badminton player to reach an Olympic


quarterfinal in 2010 and this is a terrific match. It has gone to the


third and decisive game. We have so much action, men's doubles bronze


medal Squash has just did. -- just started. Both pairs were


comprehensively beaten in their semifinals yesterday. That is just


at, website. And also live hockey as Australia take on India in a repeat


of the 2010 Delhi final and as you can see Australia are 2-0 up. So


much choice today. Of course we have full coverage on the website and


much choice today. Of course we have radio five live. Let's hand you back


to Chris Boardman and Simon Brotherton. COMMENTATOR: Still on


the fourth lap out of 12 and there is the leader, Pete Kennaugh of the


Isle of Man, still out in front and riding through the West End, just


across the way from Kelvingrove Park, through Park Circus. And his


lead is around a minute and a half. One minute, 33. That is the new


confirmed lead. He is eking out two or three seconds a lap at the


moment. Still a lot of racing for him to do. Two and a half hours on


the road before he gets to the finish line for the last


the road before he gets to the Desperately sad for the Australians


that they lost Rohan Dennis, he was doing all of the pacemaking. The


Australians had a think about it and have regrouped, putting Michael


Hepburn on the front. Michael Hepburn Road in the time trial early


in the week, he is in sixth place. The national time trial champion of


Australia. Now taking control of the front of the peloton for a while.


The home Nations favourites are near the front. Dowsett is back there.


Sam Harrison is in second place for Wales. Wales have been very


attentive, they have had their entire team in the top 20 for all of


the last two laps. Not a big group now, only around 38 riders left.


the last two laps. Not a big group the head of affairs. James McCallum


and David Millar for Scotland. David Millar is half a dozen back in blue.


Jack Bauer is close by as well. He was so close to a stage win in the


Tour de France, having been in a lone breakaway. Talking about loan


breakaways, Peter Kennaugh, 168 kilometres, Jack Bauer had been away


for 220 kilometres with one other rider and he got to within 40 metres


of the line or something like that. It was desperately sad and they both


knew, human nature took over, they knew that if they stopped and looked


at each other they would lose the race, and if they did not come one


of them was going to lose, and the pores cost them. You always like to


see people making it but that is what makes it spectacular viewing.


Jack Bauer afterwards was heartbroken. It was a heartbreaking


moment but eight stupendous by grace. -- a stupendous bicycle race.


As they had down, Pete Kennaugh of the Isle of Man leads the way,


coming into Nelson Mandela Place. As he cuts across Buchanan Street and


into George Street again. The left-hand turn and the climate of


Montrose Street is looming on the horizon for him once more. He must


be getting thoroughly sick of that small climb, it is getting steeper


and steep every time does it. Every time he swings around. He is making


short work of it. The news is that this is only lap four out of 12 and


he will become familiar with it as afternoon wears on. More action


behind. He is trying to force his way back in. Scott Davies is trying


to get back onto the back of the peloton having crashed earlier. He


is time trialling his peloton having crashed earlier. He


the head of the peloton. It has taken him a long time to get back.


Scraping another seven seconds. He is now one minute 40 ahead. He has


found his rhythm again. He has exchanged words with Mark


Cavendish. He looks to be on top of his game now. Dancing up the 20%


gradient climb. Look at the scene in the background, that shows you how


high the climb is. Montrose Street is under his wheels again and he


will not have to do that for another 20 minutes or so. He took it very


much in his stride. We have reiterated this already a couple of


times but it bears mentioning again, six climbs of similar fashion on


this circuit. By the time they get to the finish, there will be 7200


feet of climbing. So it looks like a standard circuit but it has all of


the makings of a major race. Just packaged in a different way. Hepburn


is now doing the job of Rohan Dennis until he crashed out early in the


lap. He looks comfortable enough. Harrison is still third in line.


Past George Square and now heading for Montrose Street once again.


And now the road just kicks up. The real benefit here to being in the


first part of the peloton going around the corner is that you can


see them gliding round, just feathering the brakes, but further


towards the back they have to almost stopped. David


towards the back they have to almost fifth in the peloton in the White


helmets. Up towards the front, he has been, throughout the day. He is


seventh in line at the moment, David Millar. You would think it was a


sunny day from that shot, wouldn't you? Incredibly it actually looks


quite summary. -- summery. you? Incredibly it actually looks


on, as you? Incredibly it actually looks


race. London Road. This is a problem for Geraint Thomas! Well, he has


just got his wheel changed. It is a very slow change, I have to say. I


do not know who this mechanic is, but that is really costing him, and


that is a big chase to get back on. but that is really costing him, and


designated leader, will they come back to help him out? We will wait


and see. He is nearly out of the team cars, so now he will have to


come up with a stiff chase. This is a long chase for Geraint Thomas.


come up with a stiff chase. This is is such a shame because he was


staying in the top 20 or 30 is such a shame because he was


whole time but he has been almost invisible


whole time but he has been almost from a ride of his calibre so early


in the race. We know that his form is good after the fantastic time


trial and he rode beautifully in the Tour de France. -- rider of his


calibre. He has signed a new deal with Sky. He looks more than capable


given the opportunity of a top ten with Sky. He looks more than capable


given the opportunity of ride in the Tour de France in future but who


knows what he's capable of? He spends most of his time riding for


the people in those events. He is an immensely talented cyclist


nonetheless. Here is the leader, Peter Kennaugh. Mixed feelings, I am


sure he had mixed feelings about his track silver medal. He is a winner,


isn't he? Winners are seldom happy with Silvers. They do not see it as


winning the silver, they see it as losing the gold medal. Eight of


competition between the Isle of Man and New Zealand in that race. -- it


was a tough competition. It makes it look as if he is out for a Sunday


stroll but he is averaging more than 25 mph, despite all of the twist and


turns in the climbs. A consistent 25 mph. He is being cheered on by the


crowd. This is where we will get the true indication of how his lead is


faring over the last 20 minutes or so. Well over a third of the way


into his day now. 56 kilometres completed as he crosses the line.


One hour and 23 minutes so far, just over 40 kilometres an hour is his


average speed so far. We expect the race to be just over four hours.


Here comes the main peloton. Splattered from head to toe. I think


the gap has come down quite considerably now. It is going to


take them half a minute to get up the finishing straight, Geraint


Thomas is making his way through, he is on the other side of the park so


perhaps one kilometre behind the group now, he has a long way to go


to catch up. He is treading his way through all of the cars. He has two


drop-down now, until he goes into the finishing straight.


This is not good news for Terrence Thomas -- Terrence Thomas. He has


Peter Kennaugh's lead is still very got a puncture.


Peter Kennaugh's lead is still very healthy. I think it is going to be


pretty similar to last time, when the time they cross the line, with


Michael Hepburn tapping at the ribbon at the front for Australia. I


actually think he has built on that lead and grabbed a few more seconds.


This is where the riders are choosing to feed, rather than going


back to team cars. It is often the way on a team races that there is a


designated feeding area. Shane Archibold has regained his


rhythm. We saw him struggling, but he has got back up there. He is not


far behind, Geraint Thomas. There is a certain camaraderie with the team


cars, he will accelerate slowly to help you stay in the slipstream,


apart from this one! Nobody from the Welsh team has come


to Shepherd Geraint Thomas back to the peloton. He has been left to


fend for himself. The team cars tend to help out when so many has had a


mishap like this. Peter Kennaugh's lead now, heading towards to minutes


-- to magnets. Nobody is having an easy ride here.


The shape of the cause that means that you have to work hard


accelerating out of corners and into crimes. It is not a case of


everybody rolling around waiting to start racing. Is a good cause. Is a


different course, certainly. But it has made for interesting racing,


certainly in the winning's race this morning. For a multisport event like


the Commonwealth Games, it has kept it accessible to people and kept


invisible, and there is always something different going on, and


even the weather has played its part to make it more dynamic. This is one


of the great free spectacles of to make it more dynamic. This is one


events like the marathon. The closing ceremony is at Hampden Park


later on today. It is down to Geraint Thomas to close Alaska blog


metres as he comes towards the back of the peloton. They turned into


Buchanan Street and back into the main pack for Geraint Thomas. The


first hint of parts of the road surface drying out, as well. Some


blue sky above. That won't last long!


They will be happy, at least he is back in the race now, Geraint


Thomas. The Namibian rider right in front of him, and William Routley


from Canada, it seems as though half the Canadian team has congregated at


the back of the peloton at the moment. Meanwhile, Michael Hepburn,


for a change, continues to sit on the front. I think that is Tom Moses


in the red and white of England about the front of the pack there,


about fourth in line. And Alex Dowsett is also looking comfortable


there. You can get a good idea of people's fatigue level by peddling


frequency. The high-energy, the slower the cadence, they are


starting to struggle, and the lower cadence, free spinning, are the dive


that are on top of things than happy to sit there and just spin away. A


difficult thing to do some these crimes. A struggle for Nic Hamilton


and the back of the group there from Canada. Geraint Thomas is slowly


working his way forward as Hamilton slides off the coat-tails of the


peloton. It should be slides off the coat-tails of the


peloton. It should able to get back in it though. There he is. At least


we know why all the scenery is so green and lush. It gets well


watered! On green and lush. It gets well


Commonwealth Games has had fantastic weather. Especially the first few


days. It when turned up, to be honest. I am a great fan of


Scotland. I spent several months of the year in this part of the world


riding my bike. It is a fantastic thing to be get out onto the open


road with all the fantastic scenery. Any pathway that you can see, you


can go on it. I really enjoy this part of the world. And we are in one


of the most beautiful parts of the city, Kelvingrove Park, in the West


End. Here is our leader. We are up by the university now. A


courageous ride by Peter Kennaugh could. He has taken this race on and


has even added a few more seconds onto his lead, slowly moving in the


right direction for him. But onto his lead, slowly moving in the


still to go. Still an awfully long way to go in this race, but if you


have just tuned in, this man has led right from the start. He is hoping


to take it from going to tape -- from gun to tape. I would say is the


outright favourite for the event. It is amazing in more ways than one.


Series had burn on the front for is amazing in more ways than one.


Series had burn on Australia -- is Hepburn on the front for


Australia. You can see the speed increasing around these corners with


familiarity. It is getting used to increasing around these corners with


just how far, how hard they can push it on each of these corners.


Australia have made this race pretty much their own in recent


Australia have made this race pretty having won the last four editions of


the Commonwealth Games road race. Allan Davis was the winner in Delhi


four years ago. The Australian's winning's team has an interesting


tactics this morning, attacking pretty much from the start, and then


attacking again as soon as they were caught. It was an attack relay. They


try to force everyone else onto the back foot to force the strong teams


to do all the chasing, but they could not just anybody away to set


it up. Great George Street here. More problems this well, and James


McLaughlin from Jersey has crashed. It does not look like he is getting


up. Just regaining his composure at the side of the road. It looks as


though his race might be run. He might have changed his mind. You


might be able to get some assistance more quickly than he thought he


would. Pretty steady service for the team. I guess this is not their day


job. James McCallum we are looking at from Scotland. He is 35 years


old. He is hoping to go out in style and he is retiring after the


Commonwealth Games. He is competing in the Commonwealth Games for the


fourth time. He was on the track. Australia now, Rohan Dennis has


crashed early on, as you can see. It has taken him a long time to get


back to the pits. It is not look very happy about this afternoon, not


surprisingly. He was frustrated on Thursday with a silver medal, and


now you say student -- now he has a souvenir on his. All you want now is


a Camara following new! That was quite finite. I do not think we will


be seeing him again this afternoon. A great shame for the race as a


whole. Mark Cavendish giving a few more words of something. I think he


is offering to pass on some more energy gels. It seemed to have quite


a supply in his back pocket, the last time we saw. It is a 5000-6000


calorie effort, this, two days of energy for a normal person packed


into one bicycle race. 104 kilometres still to go. And he


has added another second. The pattern for this race was


established early on. You can say that again. They barely left the


start line before Peter Kennaugh decided to stretch its legs and


stretch everybody's legs as well. Believe it or not, I am just


checking, and the average speed for the race is actually creeping up


rather than down. Considering he the race is actually creeping up


been attacking from the start, that is quite surprising, they are


actually getting faster rather than slower. 41.2 kilometres an hour,


that is the average now. Some fresh horses at the front. No panic from


Australia. A long way to go. The pace of the peloton is still


relatively steady. David Millar in a blue of Scotland


in the middle of the pack. They are heading into Park Circus. Tom Moses


in fourth position, and he has looked very comfortable throughout


this race. Yes, he has stayed in position throughout the last couple


of laps. A couple of wins for him during the season, the Rafah condor


rider. He win a stage of Normandy Tour this season. He won the button


and Melton cycle classic this season as well. I thought I saw Alex


Dowsett back in that group, but in fact, he is in the next group on the


road. I don't know whether he had an issue, but he is actually being


road. I don't know whether he had an shown as a few seconds off the back.


I wonder if they have come back together on a portion of the lab


since the last major time check, or whether they are actually separated


still. There is a ten second gap, and the time gaps are taken at the


front of the group, so you only need to leave a couple of seconds of a


gap and it certainly looks like ten. I would have expected him to be


riding further forward. Back into the town setter, -- Centre, cutting


across Buchanan Street and into George Square. There is our leader.


Still surging ahead. He is ploughing a lone furrow. Peter Kennaugh's lead


has grown a bit in the last couple of laps. About to make the left-hand


turn into Montrose Street yet again. He is swinging out to make it a wide


curve and will be conserving as much speed as possible as he hits the


ramp. And a ramp it most certainly is. Dear selection is so important,


you have to get it right before you start the climb. Otherwise you will


come to a dead stop if you caught yourself caught out on a big ring.


Electric Dears, a precise and consistent change. The Isle of Man


is leading the way throughout this race so far. Meanwhile, a bit


further back, Remi Pelletier, who was trying to chase Peter Kennaugh


further back, Remi Pelletier, who was trying to chase early on, or


trying to join him at the front of the race, not about to do so any


more. Looking at the back of that peloton, I just saw a glimpse of


Paul Oldham for England. Hepburn and UN are leading the peloton now,


going through Nelson Mandela Place. -- Ewan. Everybody just using those


little energy gels, 60 or 70 grams, -- Ewan. Everybody just using those


maybe 150 calories. Some of them like bars, some of them preferred


gels. You ought to be eating one every 20 minutes or so. Little and


often, all the way through. They can go half an hour into the race but


after that they have to keep on top of their energy expenditure. They


carry around 2500 calories of glycogen in the muscles but when


that has gone and you could use that in an hour and a half, you need to


keep resupplying. He is settling in well, into the supporting role, Mark


Cavendish. Just making sure that he is well fuelled. For the people


watching, what about the liquid intake on an hour by hour basis? I


noticed a little rip on the bottle, that was not quite right. Normally


it is handed out so the rider can put their hand on the front of the


bottle and take a bit of a push as they take it. That is something he


has two learn as a director. Another Isle of Man rider, bronze-medallist


on the track for years ago at the Commonwealth Games. When you think


of the size of the island, the Isle of Man are putting up a phenomenally


good team on the track and the road. Mark Cavendish spoke about this man


as a possible favourite, but he seems to be struggling a bit, there.


Mark Christian does ride on the road in his second season with the Rally


team in the UK. 23 years of age. Back on Glasgow Green. We have


team in the UK. 23 years of age. had a shot of David Millar from


wild. He is loitering in the peloton in the top dozen, but he is


wild. He is loitering in the peloton the front. He is there or


thereabouts, that is his experience, you always see his name on the time


check. He has a wealth of experience, David Millar. -- for a


while. He said that experience, David Millar. -- for a


is about for him, going into experience, David Millar. -- for a


games, he is heading into the autumn of his career. I think it is


games, he is heading into the autumn winter actually! He will retire at


the end of the season and he hopes to go out in a blaze of glory here


in Glasgow. It could have been a premature end


to a career full of promise when in 2004 David Millar admitted taking


drugs. By 2006 he had conquered his Demons, served his ban, and returned


to the sport he loved. At eight years as a successful clean cyclist


he retires at the end of the season. You look at where you have come from


and the time you have had out of the sport and then coming back, there is


something interesting in the way Scotland approached you and welcomed


you back after obviously having the time-out? They always say you find


your true friends in adversity and that was the case with Scotland,


they really came through to support me through everything. As I was


serving my ban I was serving time in Glasgow and Edinburgh with friends,


and it felt like I was coming home, I felt at home and people were so


kind to me. This is my homeland. I am very proud to be part of the


team. David Millar is the Commonwealth Games time trial


champion and gold medal winner! The first Scot ever to win a gold medal


on the road in the history of the Commonwealth Games. You have won


some big races, stages, time trials, but the victory in Delhi, what did


it mean? I was surprised by how much it meant, I had not expected it to


be so important, I had finished second at the World Championships. I


got to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and all of a sudden it felt


different. I felt a lot more honest and real, and it felt more sincere.


It was the first time I had ever raced for Scotland which I had not


expected the effect it would have on me and to win, it was all very kind


of... Something very unexpected. Time trial is one thing, you can


switch off and become a robot, but the road race on Sunday will be


crazy because I have always raced on the road with an emotional engine, I


thrive off that. It will be a good race and it will look great on TV.


For us it is not boring, we have to be switched on and engage the whole


time. You are retiring at the end of the year, that brings different


emotions to the game as well? I don't know how much difference it


will make actually because I am very performance driven, I trained hard


and I am feeling good and I'm trying to disengage from everything else


that is going on especially what happened at the tour. When I found


out I was not part of the Tour de France it made me more focused on


doing this for the right reasons which was to be at my best. What


will it be like to ride around the roads of Glasgow? I saw it at the


national championships last year and I have never seen such support on


the road, my whole family and my parents are here, it will be one of


my final races, in front of a Glaswegian crowd, some of my


earliest memories are from Glasgow, it is quite a poetic full circle.


These weather conditions are rather more like what you would expect in


the spring classics, this is not what it should be like here in the


first weekend of August. The leaders are still out on the road, Pete


Kennaugh, almost to the second his lead is remaining the same, but


three riders have simultaneously come through the line including Alex


Dowsett, the gold-medallist in the individual time trial on Thursday


for England, Andy Fenn for Scotland as well and Mark Christian of the


Isle of Man, those three rolled off the inside of the course and through


the barriers at the end of that stage, at the end of that lap, I


should say. It is a tough race, and if you do not think you have got it


in your legs there is not a lot of reason to stay there, particularly


if your main man is out in front as Pete Kennaugh is. He is clearly not


going to be caught, if at Pete Kennaugh is. He is clearly not


long time. There is not a lot of teamwork which needs to be done and


the weather conditions are now atrocious. It is shooting down here.


On Glasgow Green. These riders have had a tough day in the saddle.


Pretty much in all weather conditions, really. Only 20 minutes


ago they were riding in bright sunshine, and it is beginning to


show the first hint of drying out, and then the heavens open again.


Michael Hepburn for Australia on the front and Tom Moses with


Michael Hepburn for Australia on the helmet in the red and white of


England, third in line with the black helmet and red line is Sam


Harrison for Wales, black helmet and red line is Sam


that position for most of the race, marshalling things towards the front


of the peloton and keeping an eye on things. If you have just tuned in,


the leader has been ahead from the start of the race. 168 kilometres


long, and this race still has 95 kilometres to go. That is a long


way. You can tell by his expression that he is starting to feel it now


and I can tell you there is only 33 guys left in contention in the


racing clothing Pete Kennaugh. It is the Australian team that are trying


to control it, they lost Rohan Dennis to crash earlier on which was


real shame. Dowsett, there is Alex Dowsett, a rather different end to


proceedings compared to Thursday, I think he enjoyed the time trial more


than today, it is fair to say. It is tough out there. It gives UNIDO of


what kind of conditions they are having to enjoy. -- it gives you an


idea. Geraint Thomas is still to the fore, and so are the whole Welsh


team, right near the front. Simon Clarke is an interesting ride and


Renshaw, we have not seen anything from the Australian favourite, all


of the work is being done for him. from the Australian favourite, all


David Millar is still in there as well. Clarke is a handy rider, we


have not mentioned him in the coverage so far, his first


Commonwealth Games but he has been riding world championships since


2007 and he was key for Australia in 2009 when Cadel Evans won the World


Championships, so he knows what these races are about and he is not


afraid to claim victory for himself as well, winning a couple of years


ago, so I wonder whether he could be a player later. He certainly can


be. We were talking earlier about the Commonwealth Games road race, it


is unusual to have people with designated roles, they are riding


for different countries now. So the teams... They do not have that


strength in depth, it makes for an individual type of race with people


helping each other out in the same jersey as much as they can, but


apart from the strength of Australia, it is changing a lot, the


capabilities and the roles of the riders in the team. Delhi was a


great case in point, everybody knew that Mark Cavendish was the


favourite and nobody wanted to arrive with him.


favourite and nobody wanted to same. On the last lap he only gained


two seconds, so to all intents and purposes it has stayed as it was. He


has always been static or clawing himself forward, it has not been


slipping, his body language is showing fatigue which is hardly


surprising as the two hours of racing but it is probably just


coming home to him that he has another two hours left to go.


Through Kelvingrove Park again. Over the river. He is the only hope, Jake


Kelly is still in there but with all due respect, I think the hopes are


pin on Pete Kennaugh. This is a do or die effort. -- pinned. There,


pin on Pete Kennaugh. This is a do England, is Paul Oldham. We will be


able to see whether he is off the front or off the back. Paul Oldham


actually won the cyclo-cross cyclo-cross last year. He is still


well within sight of the peloton. Riding in the games for the first


time at the age of 36. A rider who still manages to hold down a


full-time job as well. A good ride from him in the mountain bike race,


ninth place. The weather is really testing the riders motivation to


continue now. It is horrible conditions. They are at the worst


point in the race for morale, they have two hours left and their legs


are hurting, the rain is coming down,


out the front for awhile and he is still there. Ewan is on his wheel.


He is having to do the work of two men. His speed has been consistent


all the way through. Around 45 kilometres prow at all the way


through. Over near kilometres prow at all the way


Street. He is trying to do it the hard way here, isn't he? There is


the hardware it and the hard way here, isn't he? There is


this is the second one! Is absolutely, but he is


this is the second one! Is front as he has been since the start


of the race. He has been able front as he has been since the start


pick his own line and choose how he wanted to ride. Choosing how to get


in and out of the climbs. This circuit is not for sitting in and


waiting for sprints in the latter part of the race, everybody is


having to constantly accelerate through the climbs, nobody is


getting an easy ride. Apart from this bit here, down Gibson Street.


Apart from this bit! Here is the leader, still buy the best part of a


couple of minutes. -- by. 77 kilometres, we will see


couple of minutes. -- by. 77 holding up. Heading towards the


two-hour mark in the saddle now. That is pretty quick.


There, a little bit further back, Peter Hawkins for Northern Ireland.


I do not know Peter Hawkins for Northern Ireland.


I do not whether he has had a mechanical issue, or a puncture.


Relentless pace being set by the Australian team. Now, they are


through, and sure enough, we were talking about the lead not slipping,


well, they have just taken a second back for the first time since this


break was properly established. He has been eking out a little bit more


of a break was properly established. He


has been eking out a little lead every lap, well, it is 1.50 now, so


he has surrendered one second. At some point it has got to tell. He


has been out there are so long on his own. The rider we are looking at


is James McCallum for Scotland. Looks like he might have had enough


for the day as well. And who can blame them? It has been a tough,


attritional day in the saddle. We have 30 chasing riders left now, in


what I am going to have to call the main field. It is bigger than a


breakaway. Here is the front of the chase. And more retirements. That is


Elliot Baxter, number 64, for the Isle of Man. And the other rider is


Andrew Roach. As we mentioned earlier, a great record for Andrew


Roach, seven consecutive Commonwealth Games, he has ridden


in. About 65 riders have dropped out up to now, and that number is


climbing by the minute. It is more sunny over there, but we are not


going over there. We are staying here, under the dark clouds.


quite a long time, certainly since Rohan Dennis fell off, at the front


of the peloton. I reckon David Millar is about 12-15 riders back.


Wales are very well represented. Geraint Thomas will be in the thick


of that as well. Just a bit further back, we are looking at Michael


Northey. About ten days ago, he won in Beverley, in the British Cycling


Series. Certainly Did Enough For The Kiwis To Decide To Put Him


Series. Certainly Did Enough For The Race. Back With Kennaugh At The


Front. Eking out every second he possibly can. Heading back in


towards Nelson Mandela Place, in the city centre.


If it had been held last weekend, it would have been absolutely


beautiful, in the high 20s. It has not been cold at all.


SIMON BROTHERTON: There is Thomas, on the left-hand side, with the blue


on his helmet. Here we go, coming onto Montrose Street.


CHRIS BOARDMAN: Working hard now, but still looking in good shape, as


he powers up this climb of a couple of hundred metres, 20% gradient at


its steepest point. I really like this camera angle, it just gives an


indication of what they are having to face on every single lap here.


So, the British national road race champion still leads the way. An


Olympic gold medallist on the track from London 2012, in the team


pursuit. A very versatile bike rider. The Tour of Austria, but he


did not get the Tour de France selection. And here is the chase.


did not get the Tour de France Still a fair way back.


So, Hepburn, Caleb Ewan towards the front. Scott Thwaites getting


involved for England. Russell Downing also in the front doors and


also. Quite an interest in rider is Thomas Moses, he has been close to


the front all day. He took a stage in the Tour of Normandy earlier in


the year as well, so, used to hard racing. Yes, he has been in the


front ten or so. Here is Montrose Street. David Millar staying seated


for much of this climb so far. Street. David Millar staying seated


halfway back, in the peloton. Luke Rowe is also an interesting


contender. Well, he has looked strong all the way through. He won


the national road race earlier in the year, and the time trial. As


they are strung out, heading back into the centre of town. The lid is


staying exactly the same, one minute 50.


That is how tough it is, as the race wears on. Sam Harrison, for Wales.


No wonder the photographers are all lined up at the side of the road, to


get their pictures for tomorrow morning. It looks like he has had


enough, doesn't it? And they will take this cobbled section steadily.


That group is just getting smaller and smaller all of the time, isn't


it? But it is in one long line, so it is difficult for the camera to


see how many people are there. But it has got to be getting


see how many people are there. But around 30 people left, they


see how many people are there. But losing people all the time. Look at


that, that is so miserable. I losing people all the time. Look at


attritional is the word of the losing people all the time. Look at


and that is what we have seen. We have seen Pete Kennaugh taking the


race to everybody else, and behind, have seen Pete Kennaugh taking the


relentless pace that he has been setting, and they have had


relentless pace that he has been Surprisingly few punctures. We have


seen the road carefully swept on several occasions, even during the


race today. It is pretty windy several occasions, even during the


there today. The flags are blowing around all over the place, the trees


as well. For an individual, that can really make a difference, when you


are doing a loan breakaway. Behind you, the option is there for the


riders to take it in turns to go at the front of the group. Here is the


leader, on his own, about to come into the finishing straight again. I


do not think the situation has changed too much in terms of the


gap. Just over 84 kilometres still to go. That will be about two hours


ten of racing remaining now. to go. That will be about two hours


laps to go. Halfway through the race. If Pete Kennaugh somehow


manages to pull this one off, it will be the most hard-fought win of


his career, that is for sure. If he can win it, he deserves two gold


medals around his neck. There is Hepburn, still at the front of the


group. It is wet and wild out there. That field of 140 has been whittled


right down. You can see Thomas Moses in the


middle, with the white shades on. There is David Millar, up towards


the front, as well. Look at that. You would think it was November.


out to cheer them on. Well, it is quite a spectacle for many of these


people, to come out for what would be their hometown. And I think the


people of Glasgow have been fantastic. Right, let's have a look


at the gap. It has gone up slightly, by about five seconds! Scott


Thwaites, the Yorkshireman, is up there. Tom Moses, as we have been


saying. A good trio therefore Wales. It looks like Simon Clarke has been


tasked to sit back with Mark Renshaw. And Henderson as well, he


crashed out of the Tour de France with a very nasty looking knee


injury, but they stuck him back together. Great sprinter. In his


position, I think his best option will be to wait and see how it pans


out. If it comes down to a small group and he is still there, he will


have a good shot at it. Mark Renshaw is a really good lead out man, a


good sprinter, he got lots of high placings in the recent Tour de


France, but not managing to clinch the wins. Primarily, he has been a


great lead out rider for Mark Cavendish. Renshaw, riding for


Australia for the first time in a decade. Think it was the Olympics in


Athens. He is an Olympic told medallist on the track as well. Lap


number seven. Pete Kennaugh, medallist on the track as well. Lap


Vincent Street, going parallel with the River Clyde, heading west. He is


digging deep here. This next hour is going to be decisive for him. Once


you get inside and our chill racing to go, it


you get inside and our chill racing barrier, and you start to drive for


the line. race so far. A total distance of


168, metres today. We've had a lone leader since about a quarter of the


way through the first lap, something like that. 95 kilometres alone at


the moment he's spent. Here's Buchanan Street. Well, not


completely alone. We've been with him! Clinging onto the back of that


group is Connor McConvey from Northern Ireland. A little luck over


the make-up of that group again, which is now down to 28 riders,


the make-up of that group again, we suspected, as we saw some of the


names slipping off the back, Wales or in exceptionally good position.


That's a very, very strong four with multiple cards to play. Absolutely.


Hepburn still on the front. The Australians are going all in with a


sprint and are going to look after Renshaw but Wales have got four


attacking riders there so considering Australia are using up


their troops now to try and control the race, it's going to be very


difficult to keep it together for the sprint.


David Millar, one of the elder statesman of the sport group, will


know that and he will probably let the Welsh through the opening


punches and get inside the last 50 kilometres and he will try to


counter that. It's like a monsoon out there. Sam Harrison has had


enough but showed his face at the front of the peloton for quite a


while today. And Harrison nearly won a medal four years ago as an


18-year-old in Delhi, fourth in the points race. He wrote on the track


as well. But the longer the race goes on, the harder it seems to


rain. This is the worst we've seen out on


the course so far by a long stretch. Even in the midst of these


conditions, the riders have got to keep eating and drinking every 20


minutes all the way through this to keep on top of energy levels.


There's so much to do. It sounds like an awful long time out there in


the rain but there's so much to concentrate on. The riders have got


their hands full fitting everything in. With the rain bouncing on the


road like this and the headlights shining brightly, it isn't


dissimilar to the conditions in the Olympic Games in the women's road


race a couple of years ago. That was a battle between Marianne Vos and


Lizzie Armitstead. It was in central London. Michael Northey the latest


rider to climb off for the relative comfort of the Picts. -- Picts.


Another energy gel from Mark Cavendish who holds it correctly


this time. He just gives his rider a microbe rest. -- Mike


There's been no going back for a while in this race for him. We think


the tactic must have been to take the race to the opposition, go out


there on the offensive, hope to be the race to the opposition, go out


joined by a few riders. He would have liked some company, I'm sure.


He didn't want to be doing this all alone but nobody managed to get


across to him. That could have been disastrous, a brolly in your


spokes! An ignominious end to a brave breakaway that nearly was. A


fine piece brave breakaway that nearly was. A


our race leader. A note to anyone on the side of the road, hang on to


your brollies. He grits his teeth. He knows what's


your brollies. He grits his teeth. this climb a few times today.


your brollies. He grits his teeth. going to hurt and it's going to be a


bit miserable but he just has to keep going now.


Encouragement coming from the isle of man team car. A timely gel. He'll


need a fair few of up soon and it seems to be hovering


around the same. up soon and it seems to be hovering


peloton at bay. There's James McCallum. He has written


peloton at bay. There's James Commonwealth Games race at 35, the


fourth time in the games. Bronze medallist from Melbourne in 2006 in


the scratch race. And McCallum right at the end of his career given the


chance to ride at home in the Commonwealth Games, so a memorable


couple of weeks for him on the track and on the road. Look at the water


everywhere as the peloton/ splash their way through the streets of the


city. The weather hasn't dampened the


enthusiasm of the crowd. A lot of cheering all the way round. A


fantastic turnout from the people of Glasgow for this race and for the


women's race this morning. So Hepburn, Thwaites, Moses are among


the riders at the front. We got at least three riders from Wales who


are obscured at the moment. I least three riders from Wales who


just see the blue of the helmet of Geraint Thomas about half a dozen


riders back. The gap we've been given is 1.49 now so fluctuating


around that 1.49 to 1.55 mark. Holding his own but not making any


more inroads and when the racing starts behind, the gap is going to


whittle down very quickly. It's hard to see how he could have kept


something back but he's going to need to be able to give it a little


bit more gas in that last hour. There's more to come from that chase


group, a lot more to come. There's not much of the chase group left


now. It's down to 25 riders. They're losing one or two men every lap.


They're all heading down Gibson Street here. Alongside the rivulets


of water which are also racing downhill at a fair old rate of


Heading into Woodlands Road. There will be a right-hand turn shortly.


That's Jessie Sargent from New Zealand we're looking at. Rather


hard to tell with his number obscured but yes, it is him. Fifth


in the time trial. He won a few stages


in the time trial. He won a few he is a rider with a couple of


Olympic bronze medals from the track.


Hepburn continues to ride on the front. Even without Rohan Dennis,


they've got a super strong team here but they are having to use them up


to stay in contention in this race. I can't help wondering what would


happen if they decided to stop chasing - what would the home teams


do? Would they chase Peter Kennaugh? It seems like they've decided that


home nations aren't going to chase each other so it must be up to them.


They've asked for no assistance at all for the entirety of this race.


Kennaugh now riding back along Souchiehall Street. Just into


Blythswood Street. Almost likes of water across the road in parts. He's


back there on that corner a little further down the road.


Look at those lethal looking cobbles shining menacingly. A slight wobble


from Byrne on that corner. Just at Charrington Ross at the


moment, into Souchiehall Street. Further up the road, here is the


leader. -- Charrington -- Charing Cross. There seems to be a little


bit more movement in the shoulders now. I don't know whether it's


fatigue or if they are starting to turn the screw a little bit. He has


been on the front for a long time and they are starting to wind it up


a little bit now, you sense. Less than 75 kilometres to go in this


race. Not a big gap if you had a full team to chase. It's a


respectable. You would want to be standing next to those barriers -


you'd be absolutely drenched as the cars go past if you aren't already!


A bit of a moot point for most of these riders and spectators. Here is


Kennaugh now, onto Montrose Street once again. Really getting stuck


into this. He's really feeling it now. That's


the first time we've seen him look like that, driving over the top


here. We've seen him float over this for the first few laps. It's really


starting to set in. It's a long old afternoon at the best of times out


on your own likeness in conditions like this, it's a gargantuan effort


from Kennaugh. Here towards Mandela Place comes the chasing group, still


led by Michael Hepburn of Australia. I think that might have been Grant


Ferguson but I'm not sure. I think it was Ferguson on the back, his


number slightly obscured. You have to hand it to the Australians - they


know when the work is down to them to do and they've just got on with


it. By the way, Ferguson doing well hanging in there. 20 years of age


and was fifth in the men's mountain bike race the other day. A good bike


handler and those skills have come in handy today. Montrose Street for


the chase group. Hepburn leading. For weights and Moses still up there


for England with Nathan Haas in the greenhouse net for Australia.


Everybody working hard on this kind now. Tom Scully and Jack Bauer still


there or thereabouts for New Zealand. There is Grant Ferguson.


Just off the back of the peloton. Kennaugh's lead, as he comes to the


end of this latest lap, lap seven out of 12, still stands at 1.45


minutes ahead of the chasing peloton. We are now going to take a


very short break for today's Commonwealth Games headlines. Live,


uninterrupted coverage of this rogue race is on the red button. Well,


looking at those pictures, torrential downpours here in


Glasgow, yet another indication of how the Scottish sports fans are


loving these Games, still watching the race in numbers, despite the


conditions. Let's bring you right up to date with the final day of these


Commonwealth Games. First up this morning, Lizzie Armitstead blitzed


the rest in the women's road race. One late, well timed attack clinched


gold. Emma Pooley got silver in her last ever race. Chris and Gabby


Adcock took hold in the badminton in the mixed doubles, overcoming their


initial opponents. -- their English opponents. Kashyap won the men's


singles title for India in the badminton. New Zealand took the


bronze medal match in -- New Zealand lost to England in the bronze medal


match in the hockey on a penalty shoot-out. And Australia were


imperious against India in the final. And even more Australian


success on this last day of these Commonwealth Games, this time in the


netball, overpowering New Zealand to win gold. So, five more gold medals


to be won this afternoon. This is how it is looking.


So, you are completely up-to-date. Let's hand you back to Chris


Boardman and Simon Brotherton. SIMON BROTHERTON: Strong legs


required now, and steely resolve, for Pete Kennaugh. He is now going


out onto lap eight of 12. And here come the chase group, led by Michael


Hepburn of Australia. Australia starting to group up towards the


front. and Geraint Thomas. He has got the


blue on his helmet, on the left of the group, as we look.


CHRIS BOARDMAN: He has been very quietly just staying in the group,


as have all of the favourites. This group has been whittled down to just


over 25 riders. We were saying earlier, Wales have got a really


nice group of riders, all very attacking. It is all very well


Australia trying to keep it together for the Sprint, but there are riders


in here, including David Millar, who will not want that to happen. The


last couple of laps are set to be explosive. Absolutely. As you say,


there are a good many riders in here who will not want a group anything


like this size. They are all taking on some energy and fluids, as they


go through the pits. That lead for Pete Kennaugh has more or less


stayed the same, as Nathan Haas comes away from the front of the


group. This is interesting, they have let him just ride off the


front. The other teams will have to close the gap to that Australian. I


am not quite sure how he developed that through the feed zone. Some of


the other riders may have to come and do a bit of pacemaking.


20-year-old Grant Ferguson for Scotland is also in that group.


Fifth in the mountain Scotland is also in that group.


is in domain, the only, chasing group, really. This rider here set


off almost from the start of the race. There is Nathan Haas, from


Australia, the Garmin-Sharp rider. This is an interesting


Australia, the Garmin-Sharp rider. They have let him slip off the


front, and everybody else has been caught napping. Suddenly, the onus


is not on Australia to do all of the pacemaking. This is a move that they


had to make, otherwise they would be forced into having to chase


everything for Renshaw, and they have not got enough troops left to


do that, since they have the crash with Rohan Dennis, and lost one of


their main men. Nathan has finished second in the Tour of


He took advantage of the situation through the feed area, to get away


from the front. This is a very good tactical move by the Australians, to


get themselves out of the hot seat, away from having to do all of that


chasing. Pete Kennaugh's lead, staying around the 1.48 mark, it


seems like it has been more or less the same for ever. Yes, they have


been matched superbly on speed all of the time. 67 to go. We are back


with Nathan Haas, riding up Buchanan street. Suddenly he is on a


mission, he has to close that gap to Pete Kennaugh. Either way, it works


well for Australia, whether he succeeds or not, does the rest of


the field is obliged to chase him. There are now two medals up the


road. If they want to get back on terms, they will have to they will


road. If they want to get back on not want Kennaugh and Nathan Haas to


get together and work together for the final hour of racing. Nathan


Haas has been sitting in behind a couple of his team-mates for the


last three or four laps. He has just opened up a 22nd advantage over the


peloton. Now, are the rest of the field going to take the bait and


start to do some of the work. I think it is doubly


start to do some of the work. I Australian team. Nathan Haas is not


their strongest rider, so they are using hot him up, to go and actors


bait. Well, they have lost Rohan Dennis to injury, Michael Hepburn


has done a lot of Dennis to injury, Michael Hepburn


front, but they still have Caleb Ewan, if it comes down to a speedy


finish. Simon Clarke is also a canny operator, and of course, the big


one, Mark Renshaw. It is New Zealand who have been forced to take up the


pacemaking. The Australians, able to take it


easy on the front of that group, for the moment at least. We are back


with Haas, second on the road. Team-mate of David Millar during the


regular season. Just 26 men left in this race, to contest the medals.


There were 140 starters this morning.


Through the park, and over the river Kelvin. He has got the line through


here down to a tee now. He has certainly had plenty of actives at


picking his own line. His team letting him know the situation


behind. Encouragement given thereby Mark Cavendish, in his temporary


role as the directeur sportif for the Isle of Man. He takes just one


bottle, and he will eat the food as and when he needs it. Constant


supplies, so that he carries the minimum required with him, when


riding. It is all about marginal gains. A suggestion there that he


has gained a bit on the peloton, according to those numbers. Through


Kelvingrove Park. With Nathan Haas, the chaser. The Australians of


course have stopped now, so Hepburn, who has been doing all of that


strong work to try and stay in touch with Pete Kennaugh, he has now said,


hey, I am not working. It is now down to the New Zealanders to do the


work. While they have been having a chat about who is going to do what,


Pete Kennaugh has allowed on and gained a few more seconds. You


cannot blame Hepburn, he has been taking the wind himself for a long


time in this race. Coming down through our cheque at 105


kilometres, just over 2.5 hours of racing in his legs now. About an


hour and a half of racing still to go. So, in the next minute or so, we


will be able to see where everybody is on the road at the moment. Hard,


hard race developing here. is on the road at the moment. Hard,


been no moment of rest at all. At is on the road at the moment. Hard,


compared to ten minutes ago. these riders. Again, just having a


look back through that chase group, David Millar, probably about 12,


neatly tucked in We can have a look at the next time


check to see whether Nathan Haas is making any inroads, as he tries to


chase down Kennaugh. I have just seen a tweet saying that the airport


has been closed due to bad weather. There we go, cyclists are harder


than planes! Certainly hard men, that is for sure. It takes


than planes! Certainly hard men, stop a bike race, doesn't it? Out in


than planes! Certainly hard men, the heart of the West End here. Back


onto Great George Street, And The Client. Nearly two minutes down now.


Ten seconds gained, Nathan Haas just did not think it was worth it in the


end. He decided to back off and wait for the peloton. It was just too


hard to stay out there. However he was doing his team-mates a favour,


as they did not have to do any of the chasing. But they were losing


ground over Pete Kennaugh, because Archibold is not as good on the


front as Hepburn. gained another ten seconds with the


destruction caused in the rest of the field. It's been incredible. A


real hard man to stay out here. Committed from the gun. Someone has


a puncture. Yes, it is Tuft. Looks as if he needs some attention.


That's a professional rider for you. He's not going to stop riding even


with a flat until he knows there's a car are due to change it. Into top


gear to speed up the change and hopefully a quick change here. He


had the pink jersey as the leader of the Giro d'Italia earlier this year.


A pretty good change there. That was the difference there. That was


A pretty good change there. That was professional way to do it, to get


your arm up, let your team can't know there's a problem. Even riding


on a flat slowly is better than standing still and waiting until the


car was ready to hand off the wheel before he stopped. The got going


again in the cars. Archbold still getting stuck in as they go into


Park Circus. He's got two Aussies sitting on his wheel. I'm not sure


it's doing any favours because he wasn't getting much of an inroads


before. I think they need to but more than one man to the task at a


time. Kennaugh has got to be feeling it now. The lead still hasn't budged


yet. What an incredible final quarter of the race we're going to


have. 24 men left chasing him now. This is an unbelievable effort from


the rider from the isle of man. Just over 60 kilometres remaining now. He


will be used to these weather conditions when he's out training at


home. He's crouched conditions when he's out training at


trying to make as the smallest possible until the moment he has to


break. It's not going well for Tuft. He's


got a problem now with a break robbing so he's adjusting that but,


to be honest, I think he's had enough. I think his race is pretty


much run. A slight issue with the rear brake and having had that we'll


changed... All wedding working hard and suffering and to then get a


puncture. -- already working hard. It must be demoralising. Just past


George Square with Peter Kennaugh. He's going to turn onto Montrose


Street. His face is more of a picture every time he goes a bit. --


up it. At least it's not long. It's not very pleasant, this client,


especially as the race goes on. -- this climb. Certainly got plenty of


airtime for the Manx jersey. Not one of the more stylish kits out there,


it must be said. An indication from that angle of how steep it is.


Here come the chasers. Are they making inroads yet, just inside the


last 60 kilometres? Across the top of Buchanan Street, along George


Street. This is Shane Archibald on the front yet again. Caleb Ewan is


right on his wheel for Australia. One or two slight gaps threatening


to open up as they are strung out. The pressure is starting to tell


we've seen a view fractures in this group. I'm wondering whether that is


Scott Thwaites inferred for England. -- in third place. Al try and get


confirmation of that. It looks to me that it is him. He is Montrose


Street. Archbold digging in. He's got Henderson, Scully and Jack Bauer


as team-mates here. That's looking really hard work now.


A really difficult climb. Geraint Thomas is moving through and I lot


of riders are... That was David Millar there towards the back of


that group in the blue. That doesn't look good for him. Tuft off the


back. Perhaps the race was a bit physical for him today. He's not


going to be able to get back on the peloton at this late stage.


Back with the leader, Peter Kennaugh. What a ride from him! 168


kilometres the race, 58.3 to go. What has he got left in his legs?


I wonder what he was thinking at the start of this move compared to what


he's thinking now! It's inside that 50 kilometre mark you need to get,


then it feels like you're on the downhill run home. It looks to me as


if that is Jack Bauer about third behind Archibald. He's really


putting the pressure on. Everybody else's scurrying for wheels. They're


not definitive gaps forming behind but he's putting the pressure on.


He's checking back and teen owes it so he isn't only closing the gap on


Peter Kennaugh but I think he is putting the whole remainder of the


field under pressure. The last time that we had was 1.59. It may be


different, the next one we get. Archibald still on the front, just


having a look at who is behind. For weights is there, Moses is still


there. Luke Rowe I can see, Geraint Thomas as well. The last third of


the race now. Thomas as well. The last third of


rhythm again. We'll be getting some time checks to


rhythm again. We'll be getting some behind with a bit of extra energy


being injected by New Zealand. What does that mean for Peter Kennaugh?


112 colour metres when he comes back round to the line this time. --


kilometres. I wonder how long Archibald is going to be able to


keep this kind of power. He seems committed to doing a team role, not


expected to be here very long at all. Doing his bit for Jack


expected to be here very long at and, presumably, for Henderson. He's


a fast man. If it came down to a small group, you wouldn't


In towards the finish once again. Sadly, the weather continues to


refuse to play ball. We have to say, it's making for a spectacular


race. Absolutely! I think all of the crowds lining the route here haven't


budged despite the weather and they appreciate the fact that it's making


a superb spectacle and we will find a worthy winner. Look at this


stupendous effort from Peter Kennaugh of the Isle of Man. Here he


goes, still in the lead. 112 kilometres in the bag. Certainly not


looking happy now, is he? They're not quite into the finishing


straight. They've got a couple of right-hand turns to come. Archibald


on the front. Caleb Ewan is there, Jack Bauer, Luke Rowe, Moses. It's a


very small group. David Millar is still there for Scotland. And the


cars behind indicate there is a bigger gap for them to spot in.


It might be Dan Craven on the back. They've reduced in numbers and will


get confirmation in less than a minute now. This really has whittled


it down to the final selection. The final chase group. Archibald is


absolutely burying himself in pursuit of Kennaugh. He's brought


the gap right down now. The races on in a big way. Peter Kennaugh's lead


is under threat about the look we saw on his face means he knows the


chase is now on behind him. Suddenly, it's a very hungry pack


here. It's half a minute he's lost. Mostly thanks to the efforts of


Shane Archbold. 14 riders remaining in this chase group and all the


damage done by Archbold in the last five kilometres. Our loan leader has


seen a sizeable bite taken out of his advantage for the first time


this afternoon. This is going to be a desperate struggle now.


JASON MOHAMMAD: Just away from the men's road race to bring you a bit


of breaking bronze medal news. Another bronze medal for England.


James Willstrop and Daryl Selby have just beaten their Scottish opponent


in the men's doubles bronze medal match in the squash. Starting over


on BBC Three now, the mixed doubles gold medal match. England's Peter


Barker and Alison Waters have each won a bronze medal in Glasgow so far


but they go for gold after a comfortable semifinal win over New


Zealand. That is live on BBC Three right now, the mixed doubles gold


medal match. Will it be another gold medal for England, with Peter Barker


and Alison Waters? COMMENTATOR: Welcome back, and an


untimely bike change required for Simon Clarke, one of the key runners


for Australia. He's back on his bike and in the race but that main chase


group has disappeared up off the road now. He's with Sean Downey from


Northern Ireland road now. He's with Sean Downey from


Nathan Haas now past Clark and Downey off the back of the chasers.


He's in good company. He's got some firepower there. The three of them


could get back on here. They've got a very fast bike change. Very


unfortunate for Australia - they've had several problems in this race.


They've tried to do everything they can to influence the


good fortune hasn't been there so far. Riding up Argyle Street, the


chasers, as they try to get back with the chasing group. Peter


Kennaugh now seeing his lead eaten into. It was roughly one


Kennaugh now seeing his lead eaten for a long time. Mark Cavendish


handing out some much-needed energy gels. As the gap comes


handing out some much-needed energy coming from Cavendish to his fellow


countryman. He'll certainly be giving encouragement now. He's ugly


committed to his move. There's not a lot else you can do. There isn't a


great deal to talk about. He's just got to get his head down and do


everything he can because if he's caught, surely he won't have enough


legs left to get involved in the action. Quite a debate between the


pair of them. That's why these moves are so


incredibly rare. They do or die - you either pull it off, and it's a


heroic effort, and if not you just can't have any legs to get back


involved with the action. They've decided behind that the best way to


do it is to attack and New Zealand have set this up. It looks like Jack


Bauer is having a go for it. It is Jack Bauer for New Zealand, the


rider we were talking about earlier, Jack Bauer for New Zealand, the


who came so close to the stage win in the Tour de France a few weeks


ago. Look at the distant he's put into this group. He is being chased


down by one of the Australian riders but he's done an awful lot of


damage. There's some damage. Has blown his old tools off in doing the


chasing in the last 15 or 20 minutes. We wondered how long that


could last. It was a great effort on behalf of his team from Archbold.


We're back with Peter Kennaugh. It's been fascinating tactically to watch


how different teams have dealt with this move of Peter Kennaugh. No


matter how far out he went, he had to be regulated. It was the


Australians who decided it was their job and everybody left them to it


but the gap has remained quite sizeable. As the kilometres


come-down, the tactic of just letting the Australians grind away


on the front wasn't going to be enough. The race is under way now


and we are going to see more and more attack and Jack Bauer has got


the firepower to stay out there. He looked so powerful when he launched


the attack. We haven't seen his face at the front. He looks absolutely


full of beans. He's been training for this for a month. A beautiful


solo attack. Let's see what's happening behind him. We saw that


one of the Australian riders was in the distance, trying to shadow him.


I don't harmony more riders they have left. Simon Clarke would've


been the first we expected but he was just getting back on after that


mechanical he had an we're not even sure if got back in contact. He will


be familiar to home-based bike riding fans because he raced in a


couple of seasons in 2010 and 2011 in the UK and has form in charming


chip road races. He was 10th in London in the Olympic Games road


race. And now we are looking at Simon Clarke.


Well, that is a shame for the Australians, because Simon Clarke's


Well, that is a shame for the form looked really good, and they


would have been using him at this stage of the race to keep one does


on breakaway attempts. -- to keep one eye on breakaway attempts. Just


stuck in the traffic, as the pace has gone up, he is not able to move


forward. In fact, the traffic is actually in his way now. Well, this


is a bit of a mess. Sometimes it is great to be among the cars,


sometimes not. Well, they should be watching the riders. When a rider


gets that close, the car should instantly pull out of the way.


Really grinding out the pace now, it is getting harder and harder every


lap. Just 20 riders behind him now. And only one minute 15 behind, at


our last check. You can probably feel himself starting to slow now.


You can see it is coming right down. If you are going to have a break and


ease up, this would be the time to do it. He could stay with Bauer, he


could easily outsprint him, but he could not get involved in the action


of the group, with people who have not been working thus far. This is


when sure, who was calling for support. Simon Clarke making the


move, having rejoined the group! Simon Clarke, on the right-hand side


of the road. Well, this race is really starting to get lively. Yes,


Renshaw has got a problem. I think he needs a new front wheel. I think


they are telling him he needs a new front wheel. I think


got something compatible for him. He certainly was not happy. No sign of


his own service vehicle, probably stuck back in the traffic. Very


unusual that the team car cannot get there. There are only 20-odd people


left in the race, and he is the star man for the team. Here we go. This


is it. Pete Kennaugh's ride out in the front is about to come to an


end. He is about to have company. the front is about to come to an


Geraint Thomas! Geraint Thomas, with the front is about to come to an


the blue on his helmet. Jack Bauer is also there. Three of them, about


to join Pete Kennaugh at the front. is also there. Three of them, about


Well, that was probably the conversation he was having with Mark


Cavendish - I am completely spent, what should I do, maybe I should


drop back and join the team? Geraint Thomas of course not riding for the


same country, but they are both on Thomas of course not riding for the


the same professional team. They are not across to him yet, but the


writing is very much on the wall. A brief respite afforded here by


Gibson Street. You can see the chasers rapidly closing in.


CHRIS BOARDMAN: We saw on the last check that Bauer was 13 seconds


behind. Russell Downing is alone and chasing them. We have got Scott


Thwaites, Thomas and Bauer, the ones that we can see in the distance. So


these are the four that will be in contention. Russell Downing is a


further 30 seconds back. It is a very strong group, and I suspect


this is the four that we will see contest in the medals. I cannot


believe that Pete Kennaugh can get himself back together after the


effort he has just made, and contest a sprint with these guys. Still time


for the rest to get back on terms, though. Thomas, clearly going really


well after the Tour de France. He finished 22nd overall, and he was


not riding for himself over there. Scott Thwaites struggling on the


back there, but he is in some fantastic company. Right Thomas


looks right at home in these conditions. Thomas loves this. The


only thing which is missing is more cobbles! Stage five of the Tour de


France, this is what he looked like, as he was guiding Richie Porte


across the cobblestones of northern France. Well, it was Thomas who


really took the initiative that day, once Chris Froome had hit the deck.


We are going to see little groups of people trying to get back on terms.


You need to look at people and decide, have they got a reason to


work with me? And I do not think they have.


work with me? And I do not think there. A terrible day for Australia,


everything has gone wrong for them - mechanicals, crashes...


Tom Scully looks absolutely spent. So does David Millar. . It does not


look like it will be a golden sunset to David Millar's career. That was a


fast selection, wasn't it you know Kennaugh is going to sit on the back


now, he has got nothing to contribute. But it is his best


chance of staying in some sort of contention. I don't think anybody


will expect him to work, they could not rightfully shout at him, as he


has been out there on his own for more than two thirds of this race


and! But Geraint Thomas, well, this is a perfect is issued for him to be


in. For me, probably the favourite in this group, followed by Bauer.


This is going to be fascinating, with 46.5 kilometres still to go


here on the streets of Glasgow. The weather not really showing any sign


of improvement. I do not think it weather not really showing any sign


a done deal, though. There are some classy riders who have just got left


behind, for various reasons. We could see Renshaw get back on terms.


He lost nearly a minute with his mechanical problem I thought we


might see him get together with his team-mate Clarke, but we have not


seen that yet. Scott Davies of Wales just ahead of him. In fact, no, I do


not think he has got ANY Australians in front of him now. That is Clarke


on the front of that group, I think it is Dan Craven in second place,


and Renshaw just tagging onto the back. And that fuzzy blob is the


leading group of four. The leading group has got two Australian


jerseys, which will reduce everybody else's desire to want to work with


them. Secondly, the other guys are there because they did not have the


legs, whereas Renshaw and Clarke are there because of mechanical


reasons. Bauer looked very, very strong in that attack. He is still


pushing a fairly low gear, which would indicate he has still got


plenty left. This hill will give us an indication. Well, I think we know


who is not feeling fresh. Oh, he cannot do it, he cannot go with


them. Look at the pain etched on his face now. It has been an epic ride


from Pete Kennaugh, but he is losing touch, finally overhauled. Had a


fantastic season, taking that women in the Tour of Austria. But this was


just one race too far. It was a huge effort he made, very unusual


tactics, but that was his one card, and he has played it today. And he


will leave the Commonwealth Games with a silver medal from the track.


The gold will not materialise this time. That jersey from the Isle of


Man was on the front for so long to day. That was the moment I think


where he watched the medals riding away from him. I think in his heart


of hearts, when he spoke to Mark Cavendish a few kilometres ago, he


knew it was all over. Well, is this the final selection for the medals?


Well, the next check I think will tell us. Because Renshaw and Clarke


certainly have not given up. In about three or four minutes, they


will be back at the finish line and we will be able to get a time check.


But all three of them are riding well together. They have all got a


reason to ride now, they are all guaranteed a medal, if they stay


away, and that is a big motivation. Meanwhile, a little bit further


back... Is that Clarke? No, I do not think it is. I think it might be


Caleb Ewan. Certainly driving hard. Yes, it is, it is Ewan, from


Australia, and he is motoring now. Trying to get up into that group of


three. Pete Kennaugh might give him a little bit of help, but there is


not a great deal he can do now. Straight past him. Kennaugh has


decided he has had enough for the day. Coming up into London Road,


heading towards Glasgow Green again. I think Ewan has realised that if he


does not make a move now, those medals will disappear into the


distance, and that will be it. Australia have been doing all the


racing today, and they have been in all the mishaps as well - crashes,


punctures, mechanicals, it has just fallen apart around them. They have


got three riders left but they are constantly playing catch-up because


of the misfortune they have had. If constantly playing catch-up because


Ewan can get into that group, it changes the dynamic - he is a fast


finisher. They have got to keep taking on the


fuel. pacemaking equally now. They all


know there is a reward at the end for them, it is just a question of


know there is a reward at the end which colour, if they can stay away.


23 seconds. That is a healthy gap. It is a long way for one rider to


close against three. I am not sure that is 23 seconds, though. It is


getting foreshortened by our camera. He is driving to come across. Caleb


Ewan working so hard to try and reduce the deficit and get into the


leading group. He is having to expend a lot of energy to do so.


Well, certainly this is not definitive at the moment. I wonder


if the Australian team has spoken. They were working for Renshaw,


but... Oh, that is a disaster. That is a bit of a disaster for Bauer,


the whole lot went down on the floor. Thomas might have lost his


feed. But luckily the cars will be able to come up behind them, and


they should be able to get a feed. Tough, tough race.


pace, 50 kilometres an hour, and it's very difficult to grab a bottle


with cold hands. On the Tour de France they have a neutral motorbike


with bottles on that goes around the riders. It's worth just taking a


couple of kilometres off your post to make sure you can get the


bottle. So important at this stage of the race. You can see how tough


the effort is. I don't think he's going to bridge the gap. He looked


like he'd gone for an all-out effort to try to get across. Ross Downing


riding strongly in fifth place. Luke Rowe and Tom Moses coming through.


There's nobody with the motivation to get across, is there? They've all


got a team-mate upfront. These were the two danger men, for sure.


They're a fair way back, just over one minute back to Mark Renshaw and


Greg Henderson. Dan Craven has got himself a ride with Europe car. It


sounded like somebody cropped into the barriers there. It's Dan Craven


who has gone into the barriers. Looks as if he's OK. Hopefully the


bike is nice and straight and he can get back on. It's so easy when


you're so fatigued to make a small mistake for top the road surface is


not forgiving at all. That was a big club in the background. Not even


able to get hold of a bottle now. Hopefully they can get something


from the car. Still an amount of racing to do. Only 15 of them


from the car. Still an amount of gone over the line up to now. That


covers over three minutes. Tom Sterling is the last for New


Zealand. These riders are Sterling is the last for New


be absolutely empty by the time they get to the finishing line. Along


Argyle Street they go. Buchanan Street waits, the right-hand turn


not far away. Geraint Thomas in the front for Wales. Jack Bauer of New


Zealand in second place and Scott Thwaites for England in third. Here


is Caleb Ewan from Australia. He hasn't given up the chase. He


hasn't. He's absolutely driving over this smooth surface here.


Desperately trying to get back on terms and even if he does, this is


going to cost him a huge amount of energy. Half a minute is a long way


to close on a course like this. A good ride, this, from a very highly


thought of young man of just 20 years. A big name for the future in


Australian cycling, Caleb Ewan. Turns onto Buchanan Street as


Australian cycling, Caleb Ewan. three turn off onto the main road.


Scott Thwaites is probably the best three turn off onto the main road.


calibre but I don't think he can match the out and out power of


Geraint Thomas. Jack Bauer is a good ride and is clearly in great shape


after the Geraint Thomas. Jack Bauer is a good


ride and is clearly in Tour Geraint Thomas. Jack Bauer is a good


attacking before the line between these three. An excellent finish to


this race, it promises. We haven't had them in bliss 1986. New Zealand


have had three previous winners but not since 1994. Never had a Welsh


gold medallist on two wheels in the common wealth games. Caleb Ewan can


see them now but it is so near, so far. It must be depressing that they


are letting people cross the road between you. He's committed now.


This is all he can do. The best hope at the moment for Australia. Inside


the last 40 kilometres of the race. Renshaw and Clark at 1.05 minutes. I


wonder if he knows the situation of his team-mates because he might be


better off waiting for them so they can close of the gap as a three.


Looks like he's fully committed to the effort. Is Thomas at front.


Already got the effort. Is Thomas at front.


week in the time trial. I wonder what sort of form he will bring with


him from the back end of the Tour de France. We got some idea when he


decided to go for it. It didn't go well for the tedium and the plans


went wrong. -- for the team. The plans went wrong in the first week.


They tried to salvage it with a plan B but that didn't work and then they


got to the stage and it couldn't be finished off. They left


empty-handed. They fought hard in the time trial. It looked like he


empty-handed. They fought hard in was going to win it until the last


couple of kilometres. Still got the motivation to fight his way through.


Caleb Ewan still shouting for all his worth. I'm not sure how much


he's eating into the advantage held by the leading three. Just 29


he's eating into the advantage held left in this race in total. Only 16


of the starters have crossed the finishing line up to now. In bits


and pieces. A little bit further back. Here is


Mark Renshaw. Is that Henderson with them? It looks like Greg Henderson


who was just off your screen. Simon Clarke and Mark Renshaw is highly


fancied for the gold medal. Team-mates with Mark Cavendish


during the season. Hoping to have an easier ride, easier in inverted


commas. I'm not sure if he was protecting a motorbike rider there.


But it was parked in personally the wrong place just at the exit of the


corner. Just to confirm, indeed it was Greg Henderson in the black for


New Zealand there with the two Australians. He's the only one who


is tactically in a good position. He can sit on the two Australians.


is tactically in a good position. He they do make it back, Australia have


a good card they do make it back, Australia have


potentially two players in the game for New Zealand. I can't think that


Ewan is not playing the best tactics here. I think he should have sat up


and waited for his team-mates. He's stuck in No Man's Land and being


chased by his own team-mates. If he dropped back he could have made a


group of three together and would be in a better position. He's only


losing ground. He's blowing a gasket and I'm not sure to what purpose it


will prove to be. Here we are with Thomas on the front, Bauer second


and Thwaites on the inside. The job is done for Nathan Haas of


Australia. He had a little dip off the front once they decided to try


to begin to real Peter Kennaugh grin. It became clear when Archbold


went to the front and real Tim in reasonably easily, he didn't have


anything left to contribute. Scott Thwaites as won couple of titles in


his career. The Englishman is just taking on an energy gel. He's the


national circuit race champion from a couple of years back.


Still chugging away, Caleb Ewan. I don't know whether he's getting any


communication from the team at all. It's all right for us watching the


TV getting time checks and being able to flip between cameras but if


he's not getting the information from the vehicles, he hasn't got a


radio and doesn't know he is the last Australian on the road.


The leaders are now on to great George Street. The furthest point of


the circuit geographically, six kilometres into the lap. A


discussion going on at the back. I think they are working reasonably


well together. They don't have to do too much. As long as


well together. They don't have to do amount each, it will be enough to


hold off Ewan the rest. They do need to keep working. 36 kilometres to


go. Too far for an individual attack, I think. The rider for Wales


is attack, I think. The rider for Wales


tagging along. attack, I think. The rider for Wales


the race. They will just be watching each other now, I think.


phases of the race. First it's just trying to


phases of the race. First it's just temporary allies to try to force the


gap to happen, then they become your temporary allies to try to force the


enemies and it just keeps moving all the time. Different strategies and


different path this. So many decisions and calculations to make


when you are out there on the bike. 35 kilometres to go and I think


they'll be happy with the starters quote for a while. Always difficult


when you're increasingly physically and mentally tired. Ewan is out


there in No Man's and mentally tired. Ewan is out


like he will be caught. That will be Ross Downing leading the chase,


presumably. The wisest course of action for Ewan would be perhaps to


just use up slightly and have some company. We are just through the


133, to check, nearly three hours and 20 minutes of racing done. Caleb


Ewan is 49 seconds in arrears and Downing, Luke Rowe and Peter


Kennaugh are in front. Just behind, Renshaw and Henderson. Dan Craven


back intends. No word on Simon Clarke, who we thought was with Mark


Renshaw but we're not getting a timing for him. Pick people are just


running out of fuel and dropping out of the race. An incredibly hard day


and there's no way to save energy for the end. Everybody is working


almost the same, whether at the back or the front. We didn't think it


would splinter quite as much as this - or I didn't. I thought we'd be


attacking this stage from a group of 20 or 30. Making quite a spectacle


on the streets of 20 or 30. Making quite a spectacle


final day of the Commonwealth Games. But the leading three as they head


yet again through Park Circus. 12 laps of this 14 kilometres circuit.


I'm pretty certain, looking at the make-up of these groups, it won't


come back together. I think we're looking at the medals here. It's


just a question of who gets which colour or, indeed, if they have a


mechanical problem in these conditions, that would be enough to


see them caught by the group behind. A puncture now would be


heartbreaking for one of these three. Downing and Luke Rowe, I'm


not sure what their motivation is to chase because they've already got


team-mates in the lead, in middle positions, and good team-mates as


well. I think Kennaugh is just positions, and good team-mates as


hanging on to that group for as long as he can after that huge effort


that he's put in. Renshaw and Henderson Art one and a half minutes


behind and I think that is too big a gap for them to pull back now.


When will the attacking Starr? I can't believe these three will want


to go all the way to the line. Into Souchiehall Street. Scott Thwaites,


the 24-year-old Yorkshire and, doing a turn on the front. Second season


with his team. Riding really strongly. We saw what


form Bauer had in the Tour de France and we know he's got good legs.


Geraint Thomas as well. Thomas twice a bronze medallist in the


Commonwealth Games. He had a bronze a few years back on the track,


Commonwealth Games. He had a bronze well. That was in Melbourne. A win


in the points race as well as the individual time trial on Thursday


here. We really are getting to the business end of this now. Bauer


looks the freshest of the three, physically. Quite smooth, not


rocking about, still quite low, happy climbing seated. We'll have a


good indication of the pecking order. You never know with Thomas.


He's a top rider. Certainly not. The job done for Wales for Owen Coyle.


Just out of the medals in a couple of races. Very unlucky. Two fourth


place finishes but hopefully a lot more to come from him in the years


ahead. Just looking back now, with Bauer on


the back of the leading three. Are we going to see an early attack? If


we do, I think it will probably happen on this next climb. Still


quite a long way to go. It happen on this next climb. Still


we are into that phase of the race now, with such a state of fatigue,


with so few riders left to chase, if anybody manages to get away now, who


is going to bring them back? And leaving it to the last lap can be


quite dangerous. Even if you are completely finished, if you are


close enough to the finish, you can dig that little bit deeper. Such a


strong team coming into this event, Australia, but it has utterly fallen


apart. Montrose Street again, and here goes Scott Thwaites, putting a


bit of pressure on on the climb. Thomas looks quite good to me. Bauer


gritting his teeth. I suspect Thwaites got around the corner


first, so he can control the pace. None of them looking to be overly


tested by that. All of them still looking good. Here is the chaser,


Caleb Ewan, from Australia. He is now a long way behind, more than a


minute back. He is heading for fourth place at best here. Could


still get swept up fourth place at best here. Could


Rowe, and possibly Pete Kennaugh. Interesting to know why he is


driving, with a team-mate in a winning position. Maybe they will


just sweep up Ewan and take it from there.


Twice more they will have to face this Hill. The side on camera angle


gives you an idea of how tough it is. They made it look so easy for


the first portion of the race. It looks as if Simon Clarke and Mark


Renshaw are going to get back onto this little chase group. Either it


was Clarke who had a bike change, he might have lost his transponder,


which might have affected the readings. The only people with a


rationale to chase here are the Australians. So this should be the


point where downing and Rowe sit up and let the Australians get on with


it, otherwise, they will be chasing down their own team-mates, with


people who can beat them in the spring. -- in the sprint.


people who can beat them in the three are working pretty well


together. All three of them are good, solid bike riders. Certainly


Bauer and Thomas have spent the last three weeks together. There is a lot


of respect within the Tour de France peloton, it is almost like becoming


part of a club if you make it through that race. You have had


shared suffering, shared experiences, they will talk during


the day, passing the time of day, and they will work well together.


Until it is time to attack each other, of course! Bauer now doing


his turn on the front. Thwaites is doing the ride of the day, he looks


totally at home in this company, and these are some of the best bike


riders in the world. Thwaites is in good company. The road is completely


flooded as they go into this corner. He looks smooth, Bauer, but I do not


know what kind of acceleration he has got. As we saw in that Tour de


France sprint, not a great deal happened. He seems like an


enjoyments rider. -- endurance rider. It looks like New Zealand on


the front at the moment, possibly. No, is it Kennaugh? Kennaugh, I left


him out of that equation, simply because he has had such a hard day.


But the Australians certainly should be digging deep. There is no point


in the Australians sitting back, because they have got Ewan up the


road. As they come through, this time around, they will have


road. As they come through, this completed 140 kilometres. This group


road. As they come through, this led by Geraint Thomas, of Wales. He


slowed down to take the bottle. He knew that that one was very, very


important, so he took no chances. I am not sure they will allow feeding


at this point in the race, so best to get it on board when you can. 3.5


hours in the saddle, at this point. Just a shade under 40km/h. The


penultimate lap of the race, underweight. Here comes Caleb Ewan


of Australia. He is losing ground but still doing a decent job. I


wonder if he knows what is going on behind him. Two of his team-mates


will be coming up like a steam train, I would imagine. Here they


are. It is Simon Clarke on the front. Why, oh why, does he not look


around and wait for his team-mates, have a drink, have a breather, and


starts to help them get back to this front group? Clearly unaware of what


is going on around him, for whatever reason. It is a big gap that the


front three has got. I do not think they can close it. Renshaw wanted to


be carried to the sprint, but that is not going to happen. This looks


to me like a group which is resigned to Jake riding round to the finish.


Russell Downing in there for England. Here comes Ewan, who will


be relieved to have got the bottle this time around. I would like them


to explain their tactics at the end of the day. I think they are all


resigned. That is not the face of the man we saw last lap, who was


desperately trying to get back in touch with the front three. It is a


man who is just waiting for the day to end. Same with these others.


There is not a lot they can do now, with a deficit of more than two


minutes. It has been a long day for Pete Kennaugh, more than for anyone


else! We are down to nine riders, and I think almost certainly, it


will be Thwaites, Bauer and and I think almost certainly, it


for the medals. Two minutes at this stage is a lot of ground to be


behind. 26k to go for the leaders. Bauer takes on some food. It is so


easy to go electric, when you get low on energy. Thwaites is looking


better than he was before, when they were driving to get this breakaway


established. The gears of the others are going up as well. Another


tell-tale sign of fatigue setting tell-tale sign of fatigue setting


in. As they go along St Vincent Street, away from the city centre,


heading west. Let's have a look what has happened here in this chase


group. A quick right change required, and it is Mark Renshaw.


That looked like it was a prearranged bike change, which is


pretty smart, but it cannot be doing much for his morale. It has been a


disrupted afternoon for Mark Renshaw. Thwaites leads this trio on


the climb. Bauer trying to stock up as much as he can. Just done eight


quick calculation, and they have been up 456 small climbs today, by


the time they have finished this race. People were asking, is it a


worthy championship course? 456 small climbs! It was the same in the


women's race, it was who was left standing, contested the medals,


really. Everybody else was going backwards, it was Lizzie Armitstead


and Emma Pooley. It was a stunning, powerful, decisive surge from Lizzie


Armitstead on that last lap to take gold today. As they come into


Buchanan Street. This does not look like a set of people driving to get


back on terms. But fair play, riders of this calibre, riding in these


conditions, just going through another hour, or three quarters of


an hour of racing, just to say you have finished, is worthy. Geraint


Thomas going to the front. It would be quite something if Thomas could


win this race, to become the first Welshman to win a cycling gold


medal. I thought he looked good couple of laps ago, but Scott


Thwaites almost looks like he has come round a bit. I am sure it could


turn on its head when the pressure really comes on on some of the


climbs. It is hard to tell who is the freshest at the moment. They are


just roughly doing their terms, they do not need to do any more to stay


ahead of the rest, I do not think. Nobody is giving anything away. The


closer we get to the finish, as they come up towards Kelvingrove Park...


And this trio with a decent amount of elbow room at the front of the


race. CHRIS BOARDMAN: Only 13 riders have


come across the last time check, out of 140 starters.


SIMON BROTHERTON: For those of you churning in, wondering how David


Millar is getting on for Scotland, just a few minutes ago, he came over


the time check in 11th, 3.44 minutes down, with Scott Davies and then


Craven for company. Here we are back with Renshaw, the Australian. It


just has not gone to plan for the Aussies to day. They have had a


stranglehold on this event, winning the last four.


Caleb Ewan, having been caught by that group, is going to be


struggling to hang onto the back of it, I think. He has put so much


effort in over last lap and a half. It just happens so quickly at this


point in the race, when you run out of energy, you just grind to a halt.


Someone can go from looking really fresh to just grinding to a halt,


within ten minutes. Geraint Thomas, regardless of his physical state,


looks like a man who is up for a fight. Chance of a lifetime for


Thwaites. What is Bauer likely to do, is he likely to have a good old


go, or will they all leave it to the finish? I would expect to see Bauer


going for an attack. I do not think he would want


going for an attack. I do not think finish. Indeed, he looks as though


he has been taking as much on board as possible in the last 20 minutes


or so. Of the three of them, I would say Thwaites has got a pretty good


shout. Geraint is the hard man, and a good tactician as well. They are


leading by just over two and a half minutes now. Just having a quick


chat there, deciding what the tax Excel going to be. As we switch back


to the following group. -- what the tactics are going to be. A good ride


by Ross Downing today. 35 now, did well in 2005.


by Ross Downing today. 35 now, did cameraman has stood on those


motorbikes for four hours for us to get the images and they


motorbikes for four hours for us to women's race before, so six hours.


Skilful work as ever. A superb job they provide. And also, in somewhat


watered were -- wall of physicians, inside the velodrome.


He was looking so good for two thirds of this race.


He was looking so good for two strong on the climb s. 22, Tom


Moses. This seems to be his position strong on the climb s. 22, Tom


in this group. A good shout from the strong on the climb s. 22, Tom


crowd there. Getting towards the point where somebody is going to


have to start the attacking. This is it. We're looking at the leading


three a bit further back. I think Caleb Ewan is struggling to keep


going. Simon Clarke alongside him. He's absolutely parked it there.


Barely got the strength to turn the pedals round. That's about the speed


Barely got the strength to turn the I was going around the course. In


fact, not quite that fast! The aerial shot gives you an idea of


just how fast they are still going. They've just come down the descent


of Gibson Road, heading into Woodlands Road. Momentarily making


the journey back in towards the city to double back on themselves. Here


we are with the leaders once more. What a race and we're not done yet.


So wait again asserting himself on the front as the road goes uphill.


-- Scott Thwaites. There doesn't seem to be much to choose between


the three of them at the moment. Scott Thwaites is not looking back


to check what condition the others are in. Jack Bauer seems to be on


the back on the climb so he can get a good gauge of how the others are


feeling and you learn as a professional to get a feel for the


state of the others professional to get a feel for the


language, the gear they're using, how much back when there is, and the


riders will try to hide it but sometimes there's nothing you can do


about it and there are several tells they look out for. No


indication from any of them so far. They all look about the same! No


indication as to who is bluffing and who is really going well, who might


launch an attack. The horrid thing in this is whom launches the first


one because are they going to get caught out


one because are they going to get always difficult waiting for


somebody to throw the first punch, so to speak. That's what they're


doing right now because they are heading towards the last 20


kilometres of this race. It seems they've been out there for ever. 20


kilometres to go. Over the cobbles. It has brightened up but it is still


raining so I think it's fair to say these are the conditions for the


rest of the day, not that it will make any difference to the road


surface is now as everything is good to be drenched. A lighter shade of


grey above the finishing area now. Total motivation for all of these is


that they know they are guaranteed a medal. Nobody else in the race can


say that. In some ways, that's the best group to be in because no


matter what happens, they are going to be standing on the podium. They


can probably afford a mechanical problem now as well. A situation


where these three know that everyone gets a prize of some colour. Who can


claim the gold? They won't have to wait too long now. Half an hour, I


would say, of racing left to do. It slowed down quite a bit in the last


couple of laps. I think it's really starting to take its toll, getting


on for nearly 41 kilometres per hour a while and we dipped below 40


metres per hour in the last two laps. I suspect that will pick the


not too distant future. Geraint Thomas doing a turn up front with


Jack Bauer right behind him. This looks like Grant Ferguson, the


20-year-old from the host nation. Fifth in the men's mountain bike


race and he's done really well to hang on this long. He certainly has.


He is going to be one of those who finishes the race. He is a lovely


young lad. I've been on the mountain bike with him on several occasions


and he's very skilled. Dished out a bit of punishment on the descent,


did he? Chris is wincing at the very memory of it! A bit more out of


those muscles. Into the city centre once more down towards Nelson


Mandela Place. Is anybody going to have a go this time around? Just


George Street, and then the left-hand turn. Is somebody going to


chance their arm and launch the attack? They've only got so much


energy left in the tank, all of them. They need to make it count.


Whoever makes an attack, if any of them do, they need to make it count.


Who knows how many times you can go for it between now and the end of


the race? Only two goes at this. An opportunity either over the top or


on the climb itself. Only a few seconds' burst but it will catch


people out on their tired legs. We can see it sweeping left in front of


them, setting themselves up on the right side of the road, trying to


carry as much speed as possible. Jack Bauer going to the front as


they take on Montrose Street for the penultimate time. He's got himself


for -- to the back now. They lead from the front. Doesn't look as if


anyone is going to try and launch anything. They have to anticipate


the potential need to accelerate. Bauer just letting himself adrift


from front. No indication of who is fatigued here. It's impossible to


tell when you look at the three of them at the moment. It's going to


come down to the last lap, isn't it? What a last lap it has the potential


to be. It's definitely these three who will contest the finish. That


has certainly been apparent for a little while now. Well over 2.5


minutes now, the lead. David Millar is in ninth place, 4.5 minutes in


arrears. I'm sure he'll see the day through.


Thomas just dropping back a little bit and having a look down at the


bike. It would be a terrible time for him to have a mechanical,


wouldn't it? He could still get a medal now, I think, even with a bike


change but I think the gold would be out the window. That's the kind of


thing you do if you're going to attack, so you


thing you do if you're going to the slipstream and surprise them. He


suddenly started loitering just off the back. We saw Emma Pooley launch


a couple of attacks from a similar position in the women's race this


morning. Still together, coming down the high street. They are heading


back towards the green. Bauer looks the high street. They are heading


the freshest of the three. Feeding little and often, Bauer, constantly.


Next time over the line, they'll take the bell. Turning into London


Road now, which will bring them back towards us. One more time they will


be coming through here. It's been a long day for them all. Thomas on the


front, Bauer in the middle, Scott Thwaites at the back. Meanwhile,


back on Montrose Street, here is the next group. That's just how far back


they are. Peter Kennaugh at the front of that group, Ross Downing


there as well. Mark Renshaw, number 14, for Australia still up there and


the rider from New Zealand is Greg Henderson in the middle. Hats off to


Peter Kennaugh. In with it. The easiest thing in the world would


have been to just roll off into the pits having been caught. Peter


Kennaugh certainly made it a very interesting race but it was asking


an extraordinary amount to win with a ride like that. Certainly took


everybody by surprise, including us. Actually, that's not hard! Here they


come with a couple of right-handers through the water. They're rolling


through now. There's no real need to force this break forward. They've


just got to keep rolling through, force this break forward. They've


the finish until it's time to start the attacking. Who knows,


the finish until it's time to start go all the way to the line. I'd be


very surprised if that was the case. Just 15 kilometres remaining to


decide the Commonwealth title. What a race and what an intriguing final


lap we've a race and what an intriguing final


three. We're looking at the medallists here. Barring some major


unforeseen problem. Who has got medallists here. Barring some major


legs? Wales, New Zealand and England still in the running. Thomas, Bauer


and Thwaites. Oh, a problem here for Luke Rowe.


of getting one of the minor places. From our


of getting one of the minor places. position. As they come up


of getting one of the minor places. bell for the final lap. Just one


more time through those six climbs. more time through those six climbs.


One lap to go in the Commonwealth Games men's road race.


One lap to go in the Commonwealth hours in the saddle and one of these


three will be crowned Commonwealth champion and my goodness me, won't


they have earned it? Geraint Thomas from Wales at the back of the three,


Scott Thwaites in the middle for England, and Jack Bauer - who was so


close to winning a stage in the Tour de France couple of weeks ago -


leading the way for New Zealand. The last time check we had was over 2.5


minutes from the nearest challengers. Given the nature and


the make-up of those, they weren't riders who were chasing for all they


were worth and at this stage in the race if the gap is anything like


that, it would be far too big. Three my disc -- riders, three medals.


It's just a question of who will get which one and will there be a


sprint? Is somebody going to surge forward and try to get away and drop


the other two? Or will the status quo remain until the end? Will we


see a three up sprint to the end? It's hard to know who it is that


would be in that situation after so much racing. With fresh legs, it


would probably go to Thwaites. There's Grant Ferguson. It started


absolutely poorer again at the finish. Luckily,


absolutely poorer again at the the riders are out on the course,


which is very close to where we are. the riders are out on the course,


which is very close to where Maybe that cloud will catch up with them


as they had along Argyle Street. Thomas having a little look, just


checking the other two out. Bauer is a bit of a diesel once he


gets going. He powers along the road. He's probably just wondering


how he can cause himself to get up the road on his own and take them by


surprise. One of the downsides of having a group of three is that it's


very difficult to take anybody unawares. Hats off to the people of


Glasgow for turning out in such great numbers to day. They have had


such a soaking this afternoon. It has been a good circuit for them,


being able to see the riders so many times. They have been rewarded for


their perseverance in sticking with taking it nice and steady through


there, they have the time in which to do so.


SIMON BROTHERTON: Here is the second group, as the bell goes, and it is


going to be just over three minutes. Well, that is a group rolling to the


finish, seated through, maybe contest the minor places. -- see it


through. Those riders were riding for fourth


place. Meanwhile, here are the leaders.


CHRIS BOARDMAN: I make it just 19 riders left in this race. We started


with 140. Geraint Thomas makes a move! Thomas decides to go for it.


Just a slight hesitation from the others for half a second. Thomas


goes for glory. He has got it, he has got the gap, they cannot


everybody going along in slow motion here at. He had a little look back,


and Thwaites, initially having led the way, has left Bauer on the


front. None of them have got anything left in the legs. Thomas


got there first. He did catch them by surprise, and he got that split


second advantage, which was all he needed just look at the gap he has


got already. It was a decent sized incline for him to make his move, on


Montrose Street. But now, Geraint Thomas's cards are firmly on the


table. Well, it is not they are holding him at 100m. Wouldn't it be


fantastic to see Geraint Thomas, always in the action, but almost


never the first to cross the line, take the Commonwealth title? Thomas


now, fully committed in his pursuit of the gold medal here. It says


eight seconds, I am not sure it of the gold medal here. It says


quite that. But I cannot believe that that is not enough for Thomas,


I think he has got it now. He timed it perfectly, it is a difficult


thing to do with just three riders. I do not think either of them have


got an answer to this one. He just made sure that he was on the other


side of the road, and he absolutely went for it on St Vincent Street.


Still fairly early on the final lap when he made the attack. Thwaites,


content to let Bauer do the work here, as they try to chase Thomas


down. It looks like the other two have already resigned themselves to


sprinting for silver and bronze. What a ride this is from Thomas, for


Wales. Just have to stay upright and avoid any mechanical mishaps on this


final lap. He has gained another two seconds, ten seconds is the gap now.


I would say it is slightly more. The other two are starting to think a


bit about the sprint. I other two are starting to think a


they were going to get back to him, they would have done it immediately.


Geraint Thomas gets his skates on through Kelvingrove Park, trying to


blast his way around this final lap. So, at the


blast his way around this final lap. in the silver medal position, with


Bauer behind him. But here is the race leader, from Wales! Is this


going to be an historic ride? Will it be only the third ever gold medal


for Wales in cycling in the Commonwealth Games? I cannot believe


anything other than mechanical problems will stop him now. He came


here after a very hard Tour de France. He was just beaten in the


time trial. Well, this one is going to be his. And it is deserved. The


bit is very firmly between his teeth. What form he has come out of


the Tour de France with. You can just see them in the distance, but


he is driving away from them. And the others, we will be getting time


checks on them soon as well. They will start to think about riding for


medals and attacking each other, rather than chasing Thomas. 18


seconds, the latest gap, and as you could see, there was no sign of


anybody behind him, as he went round the corner. I just do not think they


are going through the motions of chasing Geraint Thomas, but they


have not got the power to bring him back. In the heart of the West End,


at the furthest point from the start-finish line at the moment,


geographically, six kilometres into the final lap of this race. It is an


enormous gap that he has opened up. I think they have decided that that


is it, they are going to let him go. He has just got to stay upright,


keep the pressure on the pedals, and the gold medal is his. Surely nobody


can close this now. Nearly half a minute, his advantage, already. He


has built up that lead in probably just three kilometres. He can enjoy


the sound of the crowds. It is not all over, but I do not think he can


be caught now. Geraint Thomas is a proper team player, so it is great


to see him having the opportunity to ride for himself today. And here he


is, Geraint Thomas. He will take the left-hand turn, which will take him


down into Gibson Street. He will go whizzing down this descent. He can


now choose to be a bit cautious on these corners. Thwaites is doing the


ride of his life, not these corners. Thwaites is doing the


driving so hard now. He has got a very good chance against Bauer of


getting the very good chance against Bauer of


after himself and does not allow the New Zealander to surprise him.


after himself and does not allow the 70km/h down here. A very popular win


this would be for Geraint Thomas, as he pushes his lead out even further.


All things being equal, everything being well, this was a race winning


move, a gold-medal winning move, provided he stays upright and has no


mechanical issue. These two were very evenly matched, they could not


get away from each other. I wonder if that final climb of Montrose


Street will prove decisive for them. The Welsh squad were looking really


strong throughout the race, they had a really strong line-up. They have


been near the front all day. The right Thomas, unlike Peter Kennaugh,


has ridden a more right Thomas, unlike Peter Kennaugh,


pattern, staying in the top ten, letting his team police the moves,


and then opening up in the last ten kilometres. Just 6.5 kilometres to


go. And the gap going up all the time. Three quarters of a minute


now. They are getting time checks, they are riding for the finish. That


is not to people riding to get themselves back into contention,


is not to people riding to get they know they are contesting the


silver and a bronze. Oh, there is a problem for Geraint Thomas! What


drama! Thomas has had to stop! I do not believe it! Puncture on the


front. This needs to be a good change. This suddenly makes life


interesting, yet again! This is unbelievable for Geraint Thomas! Oh,


no! I cannot speak. Such a shame! This has to be a good change. It is


an incredibly slow change. And suddenly, these two are right back


in the race! They will be blissfully unaware of what they are about to


see around the corner. Well, that is desperately sad for Thomas. Has he


managed to retain the lead? The helicopter cut away from him, so we


did not see it, but he has managed to hang onto it! Let's hope


did not see it, but he has managed has managed to maintain something


here. The way that he had ridden the last lap, he deserves to retain the


lead. For the way he had ridden away from everybody else. Not only that,


needs to his composure. What a heart stopping moment for him. My heart


was in my mouth, nobody deserves it more than Thomas. It was a slow


change, he got a no, service wheel, which had to be fitted to his bike.


He has still got an advantage, but you could see that his cornering


afterwards was a lot more tentative. 20 seconds, his lead, I hope that is


still enough. 20 seconds, his lead, I hope that is


not got the news, and they have started to play cat and mouse, which


should be good for Thomas. started to play cat and mouse, which


relief for Geraint Thomas, and for the people of Wales, that their man


is still in front. I have got to wonder, where was his team car? May


be the commissar had not let them go. And you can see the other two,


just a bit further down the road. What has he got left? Suddenly, it


is not a procession any more. He cannot enjoy the crowds, he has got


to get his head down and drive all the way to the line. The gold


medal, the others will see it is still a possibility for them. If he


has used up all his energy to make that attack, then they could still


get back on terms, but I do not think they can. I wonder how aware


the other two are. If at all. think they can. I wonder how aware


of these long, straight roads, they will have seen him in front, I do


not know whether they think there will have seen him in front, I do


something they can do about it. 20 seconds is still a good buffer, with


4.5 kilometres remaining. That has certainly added some drama. I hope


nothing else happens to Geraint Thomas. He thoroughly deserves this


win. This is where he has got to be careful. These are unknown tyres


win. This is where he has got to be him on the front wheel now. And here


is the chase, not too far behind. He has got one more climb to negotiate,


then there are no more big obstacles in his way. He has pushed his lead


out again. It is certainly a decent lead, he has just got to be careful


on these corners, it is certainly a decent lead, he has just got to be


careful on these corners, leaders not know the tyres, you does not


know the pressure, he does not know how it will slow down, compared to


the tyres he has been using all day. Here we go, back with the leader,


Geraint Thomas. Still closing in on that gold-medal. But as we suggested


earlier on that last lap, far from there yet. This is it now. The last


time up the climb. This is the there yet. This is it now. The last


major difficulty of there yet. This is it now. The last


can hold a decent lead here, every chance of bringing home


the gold medal for Wales. And he knows he is just 100m away from


finishing the very last climb of the day. He has got he is getting plenty


of time checks. And here come the next two, Jack Bauer and Thwaites.


After 456 climbs, they will be glad that this is the very last one.


After this they will be coming down towards the park. And it is not


looking easy, is it? Thwaites is looking back, but Bauer is able to


stay with him. He cannot counter. Between these two, it is almost


certainly going to be a sprint now. Back with the leader. It will be


mostly downhill as he heads back down towards Glasgow Green. He's got


Rottenrow to negotiate. Very careful on these corners now. Taking no


chances on this new front wheel. One of the slowest corners of the day


that we've seen but it doesn't matter. Safely negotiated, down the


high street he goes, past the rail station, and this is to take him


down to within touching distance of Glasgow Green and the finish. The


race for silver far from done as well but these two, having thought


for a moment - well, we thought they would be back in contention for


gold, but it doesn't look that way. Geraint Thomas can't afford to have


another problem. They're not that far behind him, just a few hundred


metres. What a ride from Geraint Thomas of Wales. This is going to be


a very, very popular win as he turns down into London Road. Again, he'll


just take it steady round this corner. Here he comes. He'll see the


edge of Glasgow Green, the entrance to it, just in front of him. Two


kilometres to go now, just over a minute of riding and he'll see the


one, to flag and then he'll be able to enjoy the last kilometre of his


race. He is almost there now, almost done it. Glasgow Green and the


finishing area awaits and this will be a final 1.7 kilometres to savour


for Geraint Thomas. That late, late scare halfway round the final lap


had everybody's hearts in their mouths but he survived it. Still


getting some time checks just to let him know that it's OK and he can be


careful on the last corners. It's his now. They're only now taking


that turn into London Road. his now. They're only now taking


he gets a flat tyre now, he just needs to keep riding on it and get


to the finish. Here we are, near the People's Palace and Glasgow Green.


What a race it's been, what a tough race. What a ride by Geraint Thomas.


Bronze medallist in the time trial on Thursday. A week ago, he was


finishing the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees in Paris and here he


is riding to Commonwealth Games gold. Just over a kilometre to go.


He's almost there. Helicopters overhead are announcing his arrival.


The pin ultimate bends to bring him alongside the river towards the very


last curve that will see him onto the finishing straight. Geraint


Thomas is going to win with a little bit of elbow room here. He would


have had more but for that late puncture which just must have felt


like it took an eternity to get sorted out. What must have been


going through his sorted out. What must have been


composure, his legs stayed good and he stormed away again, increasing


his advantage over the chasing Dureau of Jack Bauer and Scott


Thwaites. They're the three who, a considerable distance before the


end, were left to contest the medals after Peter Kennaugh's long escape


was reeled back in. This is a moment he can savour. So often the team


player but now the glory will be his. Geraint Thomas for Wales coming


into the finishing straight. This is an historic moment for Welsh


cycling, the first-ever Welsh male to win a gold medal on two wheels in


the Commonwealth Games, a third ever Welsh gold in cycling. Louise Jones


in 1990, Mick Allcock in 2002 and Geraint Thomas wins for Wales in


Glasgow Airport Geraint Thomas wins for Wales in


the late scare and the puncture on the last lap. He kept his cool and


rode away to victory. Jack Bauer now on the front as we


rode away to victory. Jack Bauer now race for silver. Bauer leading out


rode away to victory. Jack Bauer now Scott Thwaites who has done a


tremendous ride to win a medal, whichever colour it ends


tremendous ride to win a medal, as Bauer follows. Bauer has been in


a situation recently where it is going to come down to the sprint.


Thwaites has decided he's taking the lead. And the weather, which has


thrown everything at the cyclists throughout the afternoon, bucket


loads of water. 250 metres to go. When is it going to open up?


Buffeted by wind and rain, it's all come down to this. The skies begin


to clear and the gold medallist is already home. Now the race for


silver and Thwaites is first to lead out the sprint with Bauer biding his


time. Has he got the Bauer to try to come past? Bauer makes his move.


Neck and neck, side-by-side, up towards the line and Bauer just


snatches the silver for New Zealand and it is bronze for Scott Thwaites


for England and now we have our top three confirmed. But what a race it


was! I think everybody earned the places they have out there. A


popular winner. Everybody will be absolutely delighted for him. A


great ride by the Welsh team and their leading light brought it home.


He wins for Wales. The final moments of his ride once again. He knew it


was in the bag and was able to savour the moment as he raced up the


finishing straight. Here is the moment of victory. Gold for Wales


and gold for Geraint Thomas. Geraint, Commonwealth champion. I


feel as though you had to win that race three times out there. It was


such a grim day and, to be honest, I felt terrible at the start. I was


thinking of just stopping, I was just that bad. But luckily I got


into it and everybody else seems to come down to my level and when that


move went, it was perfect and I was kind of surprised at how easy it


went away. But it was great. I just thought, "what have I got to do"


when I got that puncher but fortunately I had a decent gap. The


first problem was that my chain got all tangled up so that wasn't ideal.


So that wasn't ideal. But it was a good day anyway. What was the


thinking in the peloton when you saw Kennaugh go away? I think he was


after a few people to go with him and I actually went to go with him


and my bottle fell out and I was half trying to catch it.


Unfortunately for him he was on his own and he'd kind of Borders ticket


then so... On a day like today, it was going to be a hard man that won


this race. So often we see new support other riders up onto the


podium. What does it mean to you individually now to take the top


spot? It's unbelievable, really. I never expected it. Coming off the


tour, I was tired and I thought it was going to be a massive challenge


physically to get some results here but the motivation was there and I'm


buzzing off the whole team Wales setup and I get to race for Wales


for the first time since 2006. To get the bronze at the TT was a


massive boost to the confidence because it showed that I have


recovered a bit and then today, I just got stuck in and I couldn't


have done any better. The first Welshman to win a medal on the road


for Wales and I think you've got a special event coming up tonight.


Yeah, our coach told me this morning, just before the start, that


Wales wanted me to carry the flag so that will be a massive honour. It's


just as good as would again race, being able to carry that flag. It


means a lot to me and my family. Thank you very much indeed. Thanks.


When Geraint Thomas took a bronze in the time trial on Thursday we talked


about his heart. How he picked himself up after the Tour de


France. Then he produces something like that. Before the race, they


said "wouldn't it be great?" . He is always the nearly man, always


helping other people but today he got his shot. But when he got a


puncture, we thought it was so slow, the change, but he still managed to


get away. I had my earpiece on in the media room and everybody turned


around and looked at me when I screeched. Peter Kennaugh - what was


he thinking? I'm hoping someone will ask the stop it was a new kind of


tactic to take because he was one of the prerace favourites for sure, in


fantastic shape after winning Austria. A perfect course and he


went out from the gun and I assure -- assume he was expecting people to


go with him. It was courageous and he kept it going a long time but you


could see the conversation is changing with Mark Cavendish in the


car and he was saying he was spent and asking what he needed to do. You


wonder whether Cavendish should have told him to let them come back to


him because he was in fantastic shape. We will have to let him


explain that. He was the one shot, really, for the Isle of Man. Mark


Christian was in great shape but he isn't Peter Kennaugh at the moment.


He's literally just come across the line behind us now when we've been


talking, so not a great day for them. Geraint talked about his wheel


change being a chain problem rather than a wheel problem although he


changed his wheel. It was a very significant moment. I wasn't quite


sure why any of the Welsh team didn't come back to pace him back.


It can be quite difficult. If you choose to take radios in the group


or not, communication can be a problem. In the cars, it's a lot of


energy to bring people back to get you back to the front when you can


just weave through the cars. He managed to get into the vehicle is


quite quickly and just paste back. A very smart race. He kept across in


the line. Always in touch but not visible to us and that's how we


would've expected Peter Kennaugh to ride the race. Kennaugh without ever


a long time and then the New Zealanders put the hammer down and


he got caught with about 48, 49 kilometres to go. He really drove


and pulled it all back together and we could see where the cracks were


forming but it was Bauer who was the one who really drove off the front


and showed that he was strong. He did a similar thing in the Tour de


France will top he's in great shape but is most printer so he did well


to take the silver. At that point, you've got three away - Geraint


Thomas, Scott Thwaites, the surprise package. Bauer and wait used to be


in the same team and they knew each other. -- Thwaites. He had a moment


of hesitation and that was all he needed because they were all


completely spent. You couldn't separate those two so it seemed


obvious it was going to come down to the line. Geraint felt he needed to


get his pace. He has a good sprint. Don't leave it to a sprint unless


you have two and the only horrible but is choosing where to go and


David Millar was saying that the ramps aren't necessarily the pace to


-- place to attack but there are some false flats when you can go and


that's what Geraint Thomas did. He waited till they were looking to the


left, he went to the right and all he needed was ten metres and he


proved he had the race. He pulled out a massive, massive lead which,


frankly, was just as well because then there was that absolute horror


moment that he talked about when he punctured. 45 kilometres to go.


That's what happens in your dreams, when you are where you're going to


win the race and then you stop to talk to somebody. It was such a slow


change. He must have seen it slipping away from him. It was


neutral service. I thought he had a big enough gap to have his team car


behind him but he wasn't there so the wheels were adjusted to just a


medium setting. It was just taking for ever. I can't believe he kept


the 22nd buffer. JONATHAN EDWARDS: So, that puncture,


in some ways, he has kind of always been the bridesmaid and never the


bride, so this was a massive moment for him? It was. I think it will be


popular amongst all the riders, because he is always working for


somebody else. David Millar just coming in there. We expected a bit


more from him today, coming in there. We expected a bit


nothing else to give. I just coming in there. We expected a bit


the right is a worthy champion. I think even if he had got caught up


again, I think he still would have got them. The other thing which was


difficult for him, he got his wheel from the no, car, and he was not


quite sure about it. No, you do not take any chances. You get a neutral


tyre. You have done many many kilometres on this circuit, and he


has got used to the braking, the tyre pressure, how it feels, when it


starts to skip, and suddenly, he has got a completely different feel.




Live coverage continues with Jason Mohammad presenting on the final afternoon of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

After the success of the British-hosted Grand Depart of the Tour de France in early July, Glasgow will be hoping the men's cycling road race provides a similarly stirring send-off for the 20th Commonwealth Games. David Millar is the man charged with making sure the hosts finish on a gold-medal high. Millar - a bronze medallist in this race in 2010 - is also saying goodbye to cycling this season so won't want for motivation.

The men's hockey and the women's netball finals are also scheduled for what should be a memorable final afternoon from Glasgow.

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