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was annoyed about that. And also Alex Dowsett of England who was also


left out of the Tour de France. And Geraint Thomas of Wales did win the


Tour de France. He wrote last year with a broken pelvis. The one they


are all calling is from Australia. It promises to be a fascinating


comeback. Geraint Thomas saying before this


time trial today that he is absolutely exhausted from the Tour


de France. Back to Jonathan later in the programme. On BBC Three, if you


want to go to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, there will be


diving very soon. Meanwhile, on the red button, men's doubles squash is


taking place right now. The Hydro is the place to be for world-class


gymnastics this afternoon. You can follow all the action on our


website. And there is also the brilliant BBC sport app to follow


the action. All the sports for you live.


The sport has been top-class here in Glasgow and this city has proved


once and for all that it is the perfect host for the 20th


Commonwealth Games. How has this city gone from tough working-class


industrial city, to one of culture and sport? Let's hear from Kirsty


Wark. The postwar decades were difficult for cars go. The city had


built its name and wealth on the great ships on the River Clyde.


shipyards had become fewer than 20. To the outside world, Glasgow was


known for gangs, football violence and murder. The city was down on its


luck, and in 1981, Alistair Gray published a novel about a cultural


call to action. He described an unimagined city, culturally desolate


like the shipyards. That was about to change, Glasgow would be


reimagined. Glasgow launched a series of campaigns to make way for


a rebirth with arts and culture at the heart. In empty shipyards, a


transformation was taking place. The need old cranes of industry,


entertainment venues were built and a wasteland became a festival site.


-- beneath. The 1988 Garden Festival was a celebration of the city,


bringing a boost to finances and a sense of pride. This event must


represent yet another milestone in the renaissance of this great city.


Glasgow was propelled forward on a cultural high and it was an exciting


time as new theatres opened and in 1990, Glasgow was named European


City of Culture. Glasgow had re-established itself on the


cultural map. The city was fast becoming a global leader renowned


city for contemporary art and its art school was thriving. From the


classes came four future Turner Prize winners. The success continues


today with three nominees for the prize this year having also trained


in Glasgow. In the halls and buyers here, another artistic revival was


taking place. Members of Travis and Franz Ferdinand began their music


careers here and the city's music scene is still thriving. In 2008,


Glasgow was designated as city of music by UNESCO, making it one of


five international city celebrated for its musical prowess. Today,


Glasgow presents a wealth of art, music and literature, glorious


museums designed by award-winning architects and comedy that keeps


millions laughing. As the city welcomes the world to the


Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is back on an artistic high. Are poured on


how Glasgow went from a tough industrial city to a culture --


centre of culture. Let me speak to my guess. How does it feel when you


watch that? On that closing shop there,


watch that? On that closing shop when I go there, it does not feel


like Glasgow. -- shot. A lot of the old tenements are not there. What


was always there was the people and the culture. The culture of


storytelling and music was always here. I think we have arrived at a


point where one equates to the other. Have the Games given Glasgow


a chance to show what it is all about? People tend to think of the


football and the rivalry and the working class city and what you get


here is a modern, confident city. He worked on the Garden Festival in


1988. He used to come home with an acrylic jumper, having to keep it


away from the heater! What started with that Festival and the City of


away from the heater! What started with that Festival Culture, the


success has been engaged in with people and nothing could be more


fitting tribute. I have never seen so many cyclist and runners since I


have come home. -- cyclists. We talked about the slums and what


could have happened to the city, is that you threw the baby out with the


bath water, but because of this amazing river, this river continued


throughout that change and the people have been a constant. I have


been close to tears because I am so proud of my hometown. You can take


all these buildings away, and knowing Glasgow City Council they


probably will, but the people will remain and that is what the incomers


have felt the influence of. It is my first trip here, I usually am in


Edinburgh, but the one thing that have -- that has struck me, it is a


funny city, there is a light-hearted side. I thought the opening


ceremony, which was criticised, but I thought the humour came across. I


ceremony, which was criticised, but liked the traffic cone on the head


of the Duke of Wellington. That is implying that you are welcome in our


city, but if you get up yourself or arrogant, then we will cut you down.


That is very Glaswegian. It can be limiting, it is all very well,


Gerard Butler, but I know your dad! Sometimes it is healthy, sometimes


it can be limiting, like criticising Billy Connolly for a leaving


Scotland. He works elsewhere! It is part of the Glasgow character. The


difference is the politics and socialism of this city, you cannot


be on the River Clyde and not mention Jimmy Reid who kept


shipyards open. He said to the workers and the unions, we are not


working out, we are working in anti-threw down the conduct of the


government and said we will continue working, if you want to close us


down, close us down. That attitude, the world came to Glasgow. There is


so much poetry and narrative in the Commonwealth Games being here, for


decades, we built the ships, we were the lungs of the Empire and the


world has come back here. They have been called, they think the weather


is good! -- conned. I said last week, things you would never say, it


was as hot out there as it was at the World Cup final! We are playing


football as well as the Brazilians! I saw a woman in Glasgow use an


umbrella for shade! What is going on! Not only is there a great


welcome in Glasgow, the food scene is wonderful. Restaurants are doing


good business, if you have never eaten here, you're missing out on


the hottest dish in town. We love our curry. It is the best. You


cannot beat a Glasgow curry. And Glasgow is a curry loving city. We


come for a curry twice a week. There is no questioning that Glasgow is


infused with the spies and flavour of curry, all thanks to the diverse


community. At ago Spike it was the partition of India that sparked


immigration. Confronted with political upheaval and rising


unemployment, many Indians and Pakistanis looked for security


elsewhere in the Commonwealth. By 1970, there were around 16,000


Asians in Scotland and the majority were living in Glasgow. What was it


like when you came here in the 1960s? In 1962, it was completely


different, I came from a village. Here, there was a tall building. It


was dark. It was very cold. In winter, there was a lot of snow. Me


and my father opened a small restaurant. My mother and my father,


they were in the kitchen, so it was more like home cooking. Who wear


your clients? Bust of them came from the University, mostly Indian and


Pakistani students -- most. They started bringing Scottish dude and


is. They came and acquired the taste. -- students. Over the


decades, Glasgow's Asian community have helped to change the pallet of


the city. They were used to a milder curry and now people have slightly


hotter tastes -- change the tastes of the city. Now the Glaswegians


have great taste! Today be authentic flavours of India and Pakistan are


second nature to Glaswegians -- be authentic flavours of India and


Pakistan are second nature to Glaswegians -- the Atlantic favours.


Kerry is synonymous with the city. -- curry. It is a taste of Glasgow,


a taste of home. The culture goes to the heart of the city, fuses


communities and cuisines and now Scotland is serving it back to the


world. So many people here in Glasgow enjoying the curry and do


you know something, before coming here, I had never heard the phrase


curry shops. My taxi driver said it referred to -- it is unique to hear.


They started very small. Four or five tables. What is lovely about


Glasgow is that chicken tikka masala was invented here and could be


nothing more Commonwealth than that. There is a little street near


the University and I was there a one night and there was a drunk couple,


because we like a drink here! The couple were there and had enough


money for a pizza or a chicken tikka masala. The guy wanted to close the


shop. He came back with a pizza with chicken tikka masala on it. If there


is anything that speaks to the multiculturalism, that is it.


Fifth-generation Indian Scottish people, we are very proud of that


connection. You would assume that that would be discussing, and it


really was! When you deep fry it, it becomes another thing. Like many


other cities, it is easy to keep talking about food and the curry,


but what is interesting about that film is that there is something


about the physical make-up of the city. We are talking about curry and


Indian food, but you are thinking about the generations who have been


here and it is an opportunity for those people to change their lives.


It is similar to Cardiff. Are great parallels between Glasgow and


Cardiff. -- there are a great parallels. Glasgow has always been a


city where dreams came here and left here. People would leave Glasgow to


go to America or Australia, there was always that movement. That is


why issues of immigration have been different here. It is like


Liverpool, you would always find something off the back of a lorry,


just like here. Crates would come in. We had a painter and decorator


who had a pet monkey. His in. We had a painter and decorator


who had a pet monkey. dad had worked on the boats and brought a monkey


back. -- his dad had worked on the boats. If you look to see how the


people of Glasgow have embraced the immigrants who have come here, the


Italians, the Indians, Pakistanis they are the part -- they are part


of life here. The architecture is stunning, this is a very vibrant


city, plenty of architecture for this site the list to try out. --


cyclist. I love Glasgow for the sort of


character of it. I am looking at the place as a sort of giant playground.


This is a very individual thing, it is also something that is very good


to do with friends as a group. I am always looking for some sort of


perfection in riding. It is important to me to feel that I have


done my very best and I make it look as easy as possible. I am not


competitive with other people but I feel competitive with myself. I


think I have got a pretty good grasp in my head off what it is possible


to do on a bike. For some reason, I'll way seem to know what my 100%


is. -- I always seem to know. I am in control of my own body. It does


not matter if it is 15 feet or 200 feet.


You want to live in a city that allows you to be creative. When I


feel I have landed a trick perfectly, it is a feeling of


relief. It is something I have been thinking about for so long


beforehand. I wish I had brought my BMX now! I


fancy doing that. We managed to get a Ford Mondeo up there. We had to


take the wing mirrors. Where you not up there recently? I was filming a


show. We filmed the opening shot up there. It is a bit of a problem to


get up there. I do not know how many health and safety forms were filled


in for that. We had none. I got to the top, it may be took 45 minutes


up various ladders. The first thing I saw was an empty bottle of


Buckfast. I tweeted a picture of it. It was as in well done, Glasgow.


There Word 2000 read tweets. I think people loved the fact that someone


had the wherewithal to climb up that and enjoy some fortified tonic


water. In a macro that in a sense, that story, that reality sums up


Glasgow in a way. The majesty with the comedy. You will never get too


big for your boots in this city. You will always get undercut but usually


in a funny way. There are whole host of up-and-coming comedians, people


who will take the Mickey out of themselves, get their retaliation in


first before you have a chance. In a way, we are very self-deprecating.


It shows the vulnerability. I think people have seen the vulnerability


of Glasgow folk. Say you love Glasgow. Where do you live? I live


in Edinburgh! I was away for 20 years. There are too many ghosts,


too many memories. It is a bit like living in the photocopy of the city


I left. But I am breaking my fall in Edinburgh, the most beautiful city


in the world. Will you stop crying now? I will never stop crying! We do


need to appeal to the folk of Glasgow. We need to get the water


levels up again. If you do not cry, we will see the discarded shopping


trolleys and a Ford Mondeo at the bottom of the Clyde. Thank you for


coming in. We are now going to go back to the sport. We are focusing


on the men's time trial. We can go to Jonathan Edwards.


Thanks, Jason. First, we will look back at the dramatic win in's time


trial. There was Linda Villumsen of New Zealand and Emma Pooley of


England. At the end, Linda Villumsen cycled a perfectly judged race.


England. At the end, Linda Villumsen is what it was about. There was an


awful lot of experience today. The course could be split into three


sections, the climbing section, the technical undulating section and


then the run into the park here. We knew if Emma Pooley would have any


problems at all, it would be in the last section because it is about


power going downhill. She built herself an eight second buffer but


it was not enough. Coming back into the park, it was touch and go. And


upgraded from a silver four years ago? Naoya Tsukahara Emma said even


if she finished in last place that was all she had -- Emma said that.


Was there anything she could have done differently? I do anything so.


She was perhaps a bit cautious around the corners. She had a decent


buffer and I do not think anything would have changed the results?


Afterwards, she spoke to Jill Douglas. Your last major


competition, silver medal, you pushed hard all the way round there


and it was so close. Yes, it was so close but I am really happy to be on


the podium. When you have the quickest time and the one person


behind you goes quicker, it is a bit disappointing but I do not think I


could have done any better. It was a great course. In the wet it was


challenging on the corners. I slipped a couple of times. You lose


a few seconds here and there and it adds up but that is the way it is.


We have seen you win some big time trials. You took the silver medal in


the Olympics. What are the emotions now knowing you have put in your


last major competitive time trial? I am really happy. I'm grateful to


have had the opportunity. I am grateful to my best friend back home


who built my bike for me and the British cycling mechanics have been


fantastic. I am mostly grateful to the people who supported me because


I guess I have been racing properly for seven or eight years. There have


been a lot of people over that time who have helped me, not necessarily


paid staff, but volunteers. It is the kind of opportunity not everyone


gets. Looking back, I am really grateful. To get a medal today is a


nice way to top that. Yes, well done to Emma Pooley. She will ride the


road race on Sunday but backing Lizzie Armer Stead, we think. The


men's time trial is coming up but the most compelling one is David


Millar. He is Scottish and he has been speaking to Jill Douglas.


You look at your back story and the time you have had out and you have


come back, there is something away that Scotland approached you and


welcome you back into the sport after having that time out. They say


in adversity you find your two friends. Scotland really supported


me in everything. During my ban I spent a lot of time in Scotland, in


Edinburgh, with friends. I really felt I was coming home. It was the


one place I felt at home. People were so kind to me. It is my


homeland and I feel very proud to be part of this team. David Meyler is


the Commonwealth Games time trial champion and gold-medal winner! --


David Meyler. That victory in Delhi, what did it


mean to you. I had not expected it to be so important. I got to the


Commonwealth Games in Delhi and it felt a lot different, a lot more


honest and real. It felt more sincere. It was also the first time


I had raced in a Scotland jersey. I had not expected the effect that


would have on me. And then to win, it was all very, there is something


very and expected. The time trial is very different to the daily time


trial. What do you make of the course and the challenge coming from


the Australians and English? Delhi was the hardest one I had done.


Here, I do not think we have got a straight line. It is quite varying.


You cannot just put your head down and look at the numbers on your


machine and follow your heart race and power output because it will be


so explosive and diverse. I think it will make for a good race. You are


retiring at the end of this year, that brings different emotions to


the game as well, doesn't it? I do not know how much difference it


makes. I am very performance driven. I'm trying to disengage from


everything else that is going on, especially what happened at the Tour


de France. When I found out I was not doing the Tour de France, that


has made me more focused, that I am doing this for the right reasons, to


do my best. What will it be like riding round the roads of Glasgow? I


saw it last at the championships. I never had such support on the roads.


My whole family will be here. It will be one of my final races in


front of a Glaswegian crowd. It is quite a poetic full circle.


David Millar probably the most thoughtful man in the palette in and


it is a potent mix of emotions for him today. -- Palatine.


He has been at a training camp for this. There are questions about what


his form is compare to everyone else. The motivation is certainly


there. It is very technical road man's course. I think Roland Denis


will be up against him. Yes, Roland Denis but also Alex Dowsett of


England. -- Rohan Dennis. He will be in the hunt for medals, almost


certainly. And Geraint Thomas of Wales has been to the Tour de


France, unlike Alex Dowsett and David Millar. He could come out of


that race in the form of his life. We do not know. For him,


that race in the form of his life. great course, he likes a technical


course, we know he can climb fantastically. He has had all the


training he could possibly have. Hopefully, he will be up there as


well. It is drying out but windy. We have dressed for all contingencies.


We have had everything but I expect we will get it all again. You are


going to the commentary box with Simon Brotherton but we will head to


Jill Douglas who has Craig Byrne. We are just beside the hot seat, the


plays the cyclists will wait. They sit on


plays the cyclists will wait. They inspired seats. David has special


shoes. I just wonder what he brings to this Scottish team. He is a very


article engendered on. A massively experienced bike rider. He knows his


body very well -- he is a very articulate gentleman. He helps build


confidence behind the scenes as well. He has some very tough


opposition as well. Looking at cycling overall at the Commonwealth


Games, how happy are you with the performance? We are delighted. It is


a stepping stone. It is part of a bigger plan. The legacy for us is


the Sir Chris or a velodrome. If you look at what has happened in


Manchester, we know the foundations are there. We have our youth system


and ultimately having Scots competing and being successful at


world level. You mentioned the velodrome and also the mountain bike


trails as well. It is right on the edge of the city. I think it is the


only mountain bike course in Europe and that is a huge legacy for the


people of Scotland. We have secured the British Championships next year.


Cycling is booming and our strategy is about being successful at an


elite level, to inspire and grow participation below that. That has


been very successful. We are delighted. We will see the road race


on Sunday. This time trial course, Scottish cycling and Alex MacLennan


in particular, has had a big input into what the course will look like.


Is there an element of being able to put together a course which might


favour the likes of David Millar? We have the world's best athletes out


there. David knows the course. The bills who competed this morning know


the course. It was about showing Glasgow off, taking it out into the


country, some great roads, some great scenery and back into the


heart of the city. Yes, there are not many major climbs in it, it has


been designed to bring a good course for a great event in Glasgow. This


scene is set. This is the final run in for the riders. Alex Dowsett has


just gone past me. Good afternoon. Kangangi is the


first rider out. Kangangi who is from the border of Ken yet and


Uganda. -- Kenya. Kenya is where Chris Froome was raised. Kangangi is


the first rider out. A member of the Kenya and Riders team. -- Kenya in.


-- Kenyans. Bellido is next. Conditions are rather more


favourable for now than they were at the start of the women's race.


Clouds are swirling around stop the cause is very different. It is


technical. -- Clara Reeds are swirling around. -- clouds. A course


of three chunks. We have got the climate in the first section and a


fast run back to town -- climb. Good crowds this afternoon. Simons is


next from Ghana. He took part in the triathlon. He finished 31st in the


triathlon. Ghana had their first cyclist on the track last week. He


is the third rider off. 38.4 colour metres for the men. Pretty much the


same course -- kilometres. One thing that the male competitors will


same course -- kilometres. One thing to deal with is a stiff breeze. It


is across tailwind. -- a cross tailwind. The first rider from


Antigua prepares to go, it is Marvin Spencer. A lot of these riders going


out on the road earlier finished between 40th and 50th on the time


trial previously. Spencer is on his way.


The sun is shining at the moment. The first corner was quite


treacherous this morning. The sun is shining at the moment.


The first corner was quite Here it is Pradell. It looks like his


handlebars have slipped. He has chosen not to take the wheels,


perhaps that was based on the wind. The next rider is Njau. A shining


light in Kenyans cycling. -- Kenyan. He helped people to get into the


community, working as bike mechanics and tour guides and use cycling in a


positive way in the communities around Nairobi. Here is Kangangi. He


is turning away here. Here is Borland. One of 12 athletes to


represent Belize here. This time trial sees riders going off in


ascending order. The battle for the medals will come later this


afternoon. I would imagine that some of these riders will take around one


hour or just under it. The top riders, you would expect to be


around the 48 minute mark. The course is the same as the one used


by the women but it has an additional loop at the Easter and


most point. additional loop at the Easter and


Armagh. -- Guyana -- Eastern. He has been taking it seriously this year


and already a problem for Kangangi who was the first rider out on the


track. It looks as though something has come loose. His pedal might have


come off. Some running repairs that he could do without. He is lucky he


noticed that. Here is Hadi from Rwanda. This is turning into a


lengthy problem for Kangangi. I hope he remembers to tighten the


left-hand panel. -- pedal. His hopes of posting a decent time appeared to


be out of the window even before it the first time check. Technical


issues affecting the squad from Kenya. Chris Froome competed for


tenure in the Commonwealth Games a few years ago. -- Kenya. This is Lee


called a run from Gibraltar. -- Calderon. Pedal problems appear to


be lasting. This could spell the end of his race now. They are really


struggling. They did not have a mechanic with them to help. We will


be going back to the time trial shortly.


We are going to head to the campus where the table tennis star is for


England are dominating. -- starters. -- stars.


Bats are made of wood covered by rubber. Each rally begins with a


serve which must be hit from behind the end line and from above the


table. The ball has to bounce on the side of the server. In singles, the


serve can be directed anywhere, but in doubles, it must go from one


right-hand corner to the other. The players must strike the ball in


return. This sequence continues and those who hit out of turn and lose


the point. After every two points, service is changed. Matches are the


best of five sets with the first player to 11 points taking the set.


There are singles and doubles, four men, women and next. All four of


England's pairs are in action. Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho won their


match earlier. Her brother is called Paying. -- Ping. She got Tin-Tin Ho


with the first serve. Yes! It was not the worst return in the world,


but this was a bullet. He has been firing rubber bullets all morning.


That is a good riposte. Two all. Serving into no man's land. Easily


put away with that backhand flick from Liam Pitchford. Just caught the


top of the net and went long. Just as slight edge here for a Liam


Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho. -- a slight edge. -- for Liam Pitchford.


Both the New Zealanders are pretty highly ranked. Tin-Tin Ho has had


that serve a couple of times. She has a brother called Ping. Really


good teamwork from the English pair. And at a critical point in this


game. So work is so important. -- footwork.


A hint of a recovery here from the kiwis.


That was the shot. There was space to play it but she put it right.


Just ageing in front in this second game. There was a big gap to land


that backhand. What a time to get an edge like


that. It was brilliant They have got that second game. It


is a 2-0 lead for Liam Pitchford and Linton home. A place in the


quarterfinal beckons. -- Tin-Tin Ho. The cross


proudly here with this English pair. Tin-Tin Ho says her ambition is to


win a medal at these Commonwealth Games and she still has a chance of


doing that. Still in the women's doubles as well, playing with Karina


Le Fevre this afternoon in that. She was knocked out of the singles


yesterday. But no disgrace in that, her opponent was ranked 10th in the


world and Tin-Tin got a game off her. The third game, Pitchford to


serve. What a great start for the English


power. New Zealand have taken a time-out. There is no real


understanding between the two New Zealanders, is there?


hit the ball back from whence it came because the other player has


got to get across. England with a 4-1 lead here. He hasn't missed too


many this morning. They mentioned his backhand but his


forehand is pretty good as well. This is now a chance for Liu


Tengteng to get across. That was well dangled by Liu Tengteng. He saw


the dummy that Pitchford set. He gambled and made it. They have to


gamble now. I think some observers expected the


New Zealand pair to give the England pair are real work out here and


possibly beat them. It has not turned out that way so far.


You cannot play it short to Pitchford's backhand and expect to


get away with it. these services. -- serves. So, five


match points for Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho, after barely 20 minutes


play here in Glasgow. Four match points left. The next two


on the Pitchford serve. Sometimes getting over the line is


the hardest part. So, three saved by the Kiwis. I think Alan Cooke may


well take a time-out here. He has indeed. He did not like that one of


three successive points won by New Zealand. He decides to have a little


chat with Liam and Tin-Tin. It was a good return from Liu


Tengteng. You can see the time-out signal from the English coach. That


was interesting, don't expect them to give you the point, he said. They


have to earn it. Still two match points, but this time, the service


back with New Zealand. Liu Tengteng to Tin-Tin Ho.


That was a great performance! In straight games, Liam Pitchford and


Tin-Tin Ho are through to the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles.


They have beaten Liu Tengteng and Karen Li pretty comprehensively.


Just a bit of a stumble in that last game but they have got home safely


enough. A smile from the 15-year-old tells you the story.


Well, Liam Pitchford has been in great form. Well done to them. Let's


bring you the latest from the men's time trial. Let's go to Jill


Douglas. The sun has come out here at Glasgow Green. For the women's


event it was wet and difficult conditions. Hopefully, for the


men's event we will have better conditions. The early riders are out


on course. Then we will see the real favourites towards the tail end,


Geraint Thomas from Wales, Jesse Sergent and David Millar, the


defending champion, he goes off at 2:30pm.


Just do run you through the big names as Jill says, the David Millar


of Scotland, the defending champion. He is desperate to retain


his title on home soil. Other stars to look out for our England's Alex


Dowsett, he starts at 2:27pm. He missed out on the Tour de France


this year. Geraint Thomas starts at 2:18pm. He comes into this event


just days after finishing 22nd in the Tour de France. He says he is


exhausted. That is it from us here on BBC One. If you switch over to


BBC Two right now, we will bring you live coverage of the women's singles


badminton. We live coverage of the women's singles


Goodbye for now. We've got factory boys and butchers'


apprentices and office clerks Don't stop moving!


If you go back you'll die! This is the trickiest ultrasound


I've ever seen. When wild animals get sick,


it takes radical thinking,


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