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The biggest spectacle of day one draws to a close as the world's leading road cyclists prepare to do battle over the closing stages of the men's road race, finishing in The Mall.


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Welcome back to the opening day of London's Olympic games. You can

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still pinch yourself when you say that. Everybody is still riding the

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quest of a wave after the beating spectacle of last night's spectacle

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-- Cresta away. Congratulations to Danny Boyle and his volunteer cast,

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boy, did you pull it off last night! 26.9 million of you at home

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stayed at home to watch it happen, which has given that the 541

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athletes the best possible send-off as they are of competition. Many of

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the athletes are in action on this cyclist return from Beijing without

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a medal, but now he has returned can he start a British gold rush?

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Ashley Mackenzie is the first judo competitor at the games, and we

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will see him later. And as ever, plenty of options about how to

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If you want to be immersed in the road race, they are three hours

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into it, it is on BBC Three that life, but our priority is to head

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back to Eton Dorney for more of the rowing events. Down there is a

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gentleman who was involved in the opening ceremony last night, and,

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Steve, I don't know if you have come down yet? We are all a little

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bit high last -- after last night. It was interesting to see you

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around. And a little bird told me that you'd have not taken no

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special trainers off since. Is that true? I got back to the hotel late

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last night and rumour has it I have not got them off my feet, but they

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did for a couple of hours, and my eyes did close a bit. It was a

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great night, a lot of fun. To wear the shoes tonight with the gold

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lace is, everyone has told me I have to wear for -- wear them for

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the finals day, so they make make another appearance later this week.

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You obviously got the call quite late. I actually knew about two and

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a half weeks before. Unusually for me, I kept a good secret. I was

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able to have a bit of running banter with Daley Thompson, which

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was quite a lot of fun. And Gary took it up in the studio last night

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as well. It was an elegant solution to who would like to the cauldron

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that so many of the best Olympians of all time were there at the

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moment of truth. It was very much that handing the bat on over. That

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was what the bid in Singapore was about. Just to be able to pass it

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on to the next generation, and that summed it up fantastically. Some of

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our greatest Olympic athlete literally handing on the baton to

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the next generation, and hopefully some of those athletes will produce

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the same sort of results as their mentors have. You can crack on, and

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I will hand the baton of presenting You were talking about Alan

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Campbell, and his races coming up, but for the single sculls, it has

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been a competitive division. We have seen the men earlier today in

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the double sculls, who are probably the flagship there is for the New

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Zealand team. But Drysdale is not far behind. In the Cox is a pair,

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the guys from New Zealand, but Mahe was favourite to win at four years

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ago and ended up with the bronze medal. So the last four years have

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been about getting it right. The Czech athlete has won the World

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Championships a couple of times, but Mahe is the main guy and want

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the championships last year and is desperate to have this Olympic

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title. He has been thinking about this for four years, and here is

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men's singles sculls, and what a Drysdale. A couple of weeks ago he

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was knocked off a bike in training, so he had 10 days out and his

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shoulder was strapped up, and unfortunately as he went round a

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roundabout, not particularly quickly, but he has had an unlucky

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run into the Olympic games. In 2080 got food poisoning while he was in

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the Olympic Village -- in 2008 he got food poisoning. He was very

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disappointed on that occasion not to get the gold medal that everyone

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was anticipating, and with the road accident this time round, the world

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was on the edge of its seat to see how he would do. He has come back,

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and what amiss that - statement he is making. The romance of all of

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this would be if the Norwegian defended his title again, as he did

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four years ago in Beijing. It is not going to happen. He is not the

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man he was. I think he is just glad to be here, and if he can make the

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final, he will be happy. But at the moment he is trailing a long way

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back. He has got past Egypt, but he has got past. Mahe is not easing up.

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He is sculling better than I have ever seen him do. He is really well

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with his connection. Only 500 metres remaining, and a sensational

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gap. The defending champion after in this event from Norway. This

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would be a good opener. It will open up the lungs of Mahe Drysdale.

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He will know he has to qualify a direct into the quarter-final, but

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he has plenty of time to use this almost as a training peace. He can

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put his body under pressure, both in terms of pain and what his

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shoulder can really sustain while keeping good technique. He will

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note that the pairs went and wrote the world's best time by four

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seconds, and he is probably thinking at the back of his mind

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that it is great conditions, and he can have a go at this. He is not

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letting up at all. He's pushing very hard. He is sculling well,

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much better connection. He has corrected the problem with his

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technique, and he is connecting much better with his lower back. He

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is coming up to the grandstand, going very well indeed. He seems to

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have eased off a little bit. Long, sweeping strokes. 150 metres from

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the line. I don't think it will be a world best, but if it is he will

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have done exceptionally well. He has done a job over the Norwegian,

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the defending Olympic champion. But he will know that his shoulder is

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in pretty good stead. A little look to the left for the line that he

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will sense he is coming up to. And he comes right down, mate Drysdale,

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he is back, and in what style he has done in -- Mahe Drysdale! He

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waits for the Olympic champion to come up to the line, and over he

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goes now. Getting the second qualification spot. For the

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their feet, and they are delighted with that performance from Mahe

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Drysdale. Perhaps relief, really, that he is back and looking good

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and the New Zealand crowds out there know that they have a strong

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men's coxless pair and may have an The Olympic qualification rules

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have changed over the years, so the days of Eddie the Eagle have gone

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forever, and it is not really fair, but the Nigerian, who came here an

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awful long time after the rest. Maybe it is the winning, not the

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taking part. The 35-year-old from Nigeria. I don't imagine the entire

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budget of the Nigerian Rowing Federation amounts to a great male

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-- great deal, but good on him to be here. If anybody wants to talk

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about the sport being elitist, there is the proof that it is not.

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It is good to see him in some way. But that is a long way back. Mahe

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1-over the reigning Olympic champion and then obviously a very

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long way back to Nigeria. Would you allow him in? I would like to see

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open entries. They should not be restrictions in some ways. I know

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why there are, because being involved in trying to bring the

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games to the country is the organisers need to know how many

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beds they are catering for, how much food to get in, and the

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Transport and all that side of it. You have got to be encouraging more

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countries to get involved, but there are better scholars from

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different countries not allowed to compete because of the limited

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numbers you have got. We can perhaps return to that at some

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point over the next week. Mahe dry cell looking hugely impressive in

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his seat and now we will see Alan Campbell's race after a word from

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the man himself. A lot of things going on this season. There is a

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lot of things in terms of pressure with it being the Olympics, but I

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spent seven years doing the singles and will have a sudden I had to

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look at a double, and in some ways it was an opportunity. But when I

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said I wanted to stick with the singles it did not come out as the

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most popular decision. I got a bit rough up and things were going on

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outside of the boat instead of me being focused on the technique and

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everything else. I thought I really had to prove myself every time I

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went out to race. It really took its toll, during those World Cups.

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But now I've brought it back inside the boat and focused on myself or

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how I am at moving the boat and on what makes me feel good. We have

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had a very good camp at altitude here, and I definitely feel much,

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much better. If anything I feel more energetic and I have all year.

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What I have got to do is keep my mind focused on getting into that

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final. As soon as I am in that final, not in an arrogant way, a

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lot of it will take care of itself. There is nothing else that you can

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do. There is no more training to be done. There are no more

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conversations to be had. It is just races for the final will be intense

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the start four years ago at the go. He knows he faces the biggest

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task of his athletic career -- Alan Only three will go through to the

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quarter-final. Oh real big event for Alan Campbell.

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He got the silver medal in the world championships and in the last

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few years he has got bronze medals. He finished 4th at Lucerne this

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year. Pushed out by the Cuban sculler on that occasion.

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He had a bad performance at Munich when he got pushed back into third

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position. He approached that race without his usual attack and got a

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bit caught out. He is by far the fastest sculler in this heat. And

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he will now be relaxing, just powering along. Preparing for the

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quarter-finals. He will qualify for the quarter-finals in as strong a

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condition as he possibly can. There was no expectation that he

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would do anything but go clear in the first 500.

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This one will be just about getting the nerves out of the way.

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The team arrived last Tuesday. This is the home course, they are well

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acquainted with it. Alan Campbell is a man on a mission. He can be

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somewhat erratic. It is whether it psychologically he can really keep

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it together. He has worked really hard on getting the middle section

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powerful and effective Sophie does not expend quite so much in the

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first part of the race. -- so he does not. But he has not paced

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himself all Motherwell. Here he does not have to worry, he can just

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practice. Steady, powerful sculling. What do you think of his technique

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since you last saw him in Munich? Compared to when we saw him? Mahe

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has improved his technique. Alan Campbell is sitting nice and low in

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medallist in this event. He was disappointed with his fifth-place

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finish in Beijing. He is trying to put it right. He is coached by Bill

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Barry. And that partnership will hopefully come to fruition here at

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Eton Dorney. It has been a long journey for them. Bill Barry has

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had his sights set on a gold medal for his sculler and they had just

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been focused on this. Team officials were at one stage trying

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to put Alan Campbell into a double scull with Bill Lucas. But this did

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firm against that. He wanted to continue in this project. So they

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stayed in the Single Scull right gets his Olympic Games well under

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way. No surprises. He is doing all that has been asked of him. China

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in the second, of Poland in third position. Sloma of Poland, faster

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than the scullers making up the Polish Olympic Quad. And the

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Chinese sculler, he will carry on all the way to the line. So Alan

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knows he will have to keep going hard. The Chinese contender failed

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to turn up for the heat in Beijing so this is his first Olympics.

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Alan Campbell just keeping an eye on his right hand side. It is going

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to the Great Britain, China and Poland. Alan looking very strong.

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Niceley of fried in the boat. -- a is in fine form as he winds down to

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the line. China in second place. A solid start. Solid and strong. He

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did not really have to extend himself too hard. He went out very

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fast which is how he likes to do it. But I just want to see him making

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sure his boat is travelling well in the middle 1000. What do we read

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into that? I think it is a good start. The interview he gave before

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was honest about this season. He was going well and then lost his

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way as little bit. I'm pleased that he has mentally seen that. And the

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way that he rowed there, he was getting back to grips with it. He

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was actually took seconds faster than Mahe. It is always difficult

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in the single sculls. They have to do four rounds. So it is a very

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good start and shows he is back to where he has been before. If we

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show you the closing stages now of heat six, five athletes in this.

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The Czech Republic in something of a class of their own. Croatia there

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in second place. But it is something of the usual suspects for

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the single sculls. It is the same characters. There are around 20

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people in the singles and there is a big gap between the best. It is

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going to come down to around five scullers. That is just about it

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from us at Eton Dorney today. Three British crews winning their various

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seats today. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were imperious in

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the Women's Pair. The sun shone, the venue works and team GB have

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the venue works and team GB have performed.

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Well another Olympic sport to get going to date was cycling and the

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road race. That has around two-and- a-half hours to go. That is

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uninterrupted on BBC Three if you want to follow that.

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And plenty happening as well, the second bite of Wimbledon tennis

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this summer. We have Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Jamie Murray

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and Andy Murray all involved on the opening day. And that is available

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for you on the red button. We're getting into head to head

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combat in judo. For all the Olympic success of Great Britain, judo has

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struggled to keep pace. Just one medal since 1992 and that was the

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silver in Sydney. So what has gone wrong and can be put it right this

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wrong and can be put it right this covered Matt. It has a 10 metres

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square contest area surrounded by as safety area. The referee remains

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in the combat area throughout the contest. Line judges stay outside

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to confirm the decision of the referee if necessary. There are a

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variety of techniques used. The ultimate aim is to execute the

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Ippon. It can be achieved by throwing your opponent flat on

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their back, gaining submission with alarm clock or a strangle. -- arm

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the opponent does not land on their the opponent does not land on their

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back. Well ASH Lee Mackenzie is up for

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Great Britain in the lightest of the categories. The men's 60 kilos.

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Against the Japanese contender, a Against the Japanese contender, a

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for the first time in these Olympics at the XL Santa. And we

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have the British contender, Ashley McKenzie.

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Just turned 23. A Londoner in his home time at his home a Olympics.

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Everyone has a story to tell but few have a story quite like Ashley

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blue. A brilliant start. He has opponent moving. He is an all

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action fighter, you can't see him on his toes. He was diagnosed as a

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hyperactive child when he was aged 11 and he discovered judo not long

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afterwards. He got into a fight and he said sport gave him a chance to

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feel good about life, to walk on the pavement instead of the road.

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And now he is here competing at the London Olympics. Hiroaka doing his

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Really putting in the attacks. He is still acknowledges that he has

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problems keeping on the straight and narrow. He has been banned for

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four times for getting into scrapes, drinking too much. He is a

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character and we are seeing the best of that character on the mat.

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How did he get himself out of that? That is one of Hiroaka's strongest

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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Award, for the yuko that puts you on your side -- the lowest level of

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points are awarded. We approach the fight him off. His coach has made

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him live the life he should have led leading up to the big games,

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letting him into his own here asking Kent. The penalty goals

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against McKenzie and he moves -- the penalty goes against McKenzie

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and he moves down again. As much as Ashley McKenzie tries to get his

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attacks in, he's been beaten to his attacks. The referee was wondering

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whether the second effort was add their tuppence worth -- the to

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throat. They have upgraded the score to a waza-ari, so Ashley

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McKenzie has to turn this around this fight back again. This is

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not enough for McKenzie, he needs at least a waza-ari, the second

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most effective score. Perhaps a 22nd hole, that would do. -- a 22nd

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the Kraupp history of Japan here. - would have his hands full as soon

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as he was drawn against him a couple of days ago.

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exceptionally tough draw to come out against the world No. 2 in your

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First bite. But Ashley is capable of the big throw -- in your first

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need now. He is fighting the same weight category as Craig Furlan,

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the former world champion, who decided to quit before the Olympics

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after moving up a weight. Issuing the instructions, the coach, but

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might find some salvation for the Londoner. I think he's telling

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McKenzie to just go forward. It is a risky business, but Ashley is

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has been scored by the Japanese -- et ease and ippon. Ashley

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McKenzie's dreams End on his back. That was the risk, but he had to go

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forward. He had to give it a last having a mayor or draped round his

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neck at the end of the -- aim medal A very tough draw drawing the world

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silver medallist from last year. Least Ashley has fulfilled his

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ambition of competing at the games but he will feel a sense of

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disappointment. That is the nature of sport, as we go around the

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Olympic venues. Next up it is Wembley Arena, and that was used

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during the 1948 games. And as we during the 1948 games. And as we

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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look towards the east of us, he is we have seen the back and. --

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backhand. A good use of prow from Susan. A lot of cut shots in the

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first set, so she has obviously get there, do all the work and you

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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delightful Kinect shocked. -- net around the head. -- has sliced down

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:39:06.:39:27.

around the head. How many winners into the lady next player there.

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She knows she could at any given shop -- she news she could only do

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:39:45.:39:46.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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shop -- she news she could only do straight smash. It is the right

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tactic, because she as the drift with her. That means the per or

:40:52.:41:02.
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smash will increase. -- how all or game was over 400 kilometres to

:41:17.:41:27.

allow. Andy Roddick, each of art at -- 400 kilometres back row were --

:41:27.:41:37.
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the back home. -- she is snatching judge did not go away when it was a

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:42:25.:42:42.

you do not want to start getting too cute too soon. We saw it in the

:42:42.:42:49.

first game. She made five or six unforced errors, and these are

:42:49.:42:59.
:42:59.:42:59.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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silly little mistakes that need to the cross-court angle. Again,

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nothing too flash, nothing too outrageous, just simple, basic

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Badminton. Sometimes you think that there players will always smash it

:43:55.:43:59.

down the tramlines, but a smash at the person can be very effective

:43:59.:44:03.

because they are trying to cover the sides but they forget they

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:44:13.:44:38.

to be in. One game up, and 11-6 up in the second. Very clever play. In

:44:38.:44:41.

the first set she was playing against the drift, so she had to

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use that cut a lot more. But in this set she got the drift with her

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and she will have extra power and has used the straight smash really

:44:52.:45:02.
:45:02.:45:28.

talking about stepping up. Her opponent will not be able to hit as

:45:28.:45:38.
:45:38.:45:38.

far back to the back of the court. If she can get to the shuttle a

:45:38.:45:48.
:45:48.:46:01.

little bit earlier, she can put her really good, especially on that

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:46:11.:46:46.

Knowing that her opponent is not a doubles player, her defence is not

:46:46.:46:52.

the best. Maybe expecting that round the head cut, instead it was

:46:52.:47:02.
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it really effectively now. In the first set she used it a lot because

:47:40.:47:46.

she acted. Now she has got that smash as well, she is confusing her

:47:46.:47:56.
:47:56.:48:26.

opponent. It is proving so about discipline during the 62nd

:48:26.:48:31.

break at the interval. If she is going to progress out of the group

:48:31.:48:35.

stage, she cannot give away points like that. That was a fair margin

:48:35.:48:45.
:48:45.:48:50.

out. The hand goes up automatically in apology. It is politeness, but

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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building a commanding advantage in the second game. She is expected on

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paper to win. It has been a very finishing line. You and I just

:50:10.:50:14.

looked at each other at the same time as if to say, there is no need

:50:14.:50:24.
:50:24.:50:47.

match points. That was an 11 match point upshot if ever I saw one,

:50:47.:50:57.

going for glory. Got back to the basics and that was more than good

:50:57.:51:04.

enough. A look of relief and now she will feel an Olympian because

:51:04.:51:10.

she has played her first ever match in an Olympic Games and she has won

:51:10.:51:18.

it and she has won it decisively. 21-15, 21-10. She is graining and

:51:18.:51:25.

deservedly so. It was a very, very good performance. She has been

:51:25.:51:30.

injured over the past year, but it did not show, she was moving well,

:51:30.:51:34.

her shots were crisper and her timing was fantastic. She has just

:51:34.:51:39.

got to cut out those little, silly mistakes if she is going to

:51:39.:51:49.
:51:49.:51:49.

progress. Overall a fantastic One more victory in her group will

:51:49.:51:53.

see her progress to the knockout stages. Good to get her feet under

:51:53.:52:00.

the desk. Speaking of which, Mr Jake Humphrey is in the studio. My

:52:00.:52:05.

race is just about run today. were working late last night and

:52:05.:52:09.

commentating on the opening ceremony and what time it were you

:52:09.:52:15.

back this morning? It was about 11:30am, but it is a bit of a blur.

:52:15.:52:21.

I reckon you will be in bed by 2:30pm. We were talking four years

:52:21.:52:27.

ago about sharing the pagoda in Beijing. Remember doing the road

:52:27.:52:33.

races. Happily it is still to be tested, but no rain so far in the

:52:33.:52:38.

London Games. It is almost surreal, you pinch yourself when you look at

:52:38.:52:43.

this, it is happening four years on. We have been here a few days

:52:43.:52:48.

gearing up for today and to see all the people down there, the park is

:52:48.:52:51.

finally full and it is being used for what it is here to do and the

:52:51.:52:56.

atmosphere out there is lovely. The volunteers are doing their bit.

:52:56.:53:04.

Crack on. To bed? Yes. anticipation is building on the

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park, but also out on the streets of the capital as Team GB closes in

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on that first medal of London 2012. After all the hours of training,

:53:16.:53:21.

the strain of the tour and the expectation of a nation, can Mark

:53:21.:53:27.

Cavendish deliver that elusive gold? He is the fastest finisher on

:53:27.:53:35.

the planet. Cavendish is in the shake-up. It is

:53:35.:53:40.

all about timing your effort to perfection here. The line is

:53:40.:53:50.

getting nearer and nearer. Mark Cavendish is going to be the world

:53:50.:54:00.
:54:00.:54:13.

Mark Cavendish is the world champion! There may be a team

:54:13.:54:18.

competing, but it is all about one died. Just before I came here I

:54:18.:54:23.

read a quote that the plant is just to get Mark Cavendish to victory

:54:23.:54:28.

and it is set up for a Grand Slam finish. If you have been with us

:54:28.:54:38.
:54:38.:54:39.

throughout the day, it has been far from easy. We are expecting the

:54:39.:54:44.

riders to enter The Mall in about an hour-and-a-half's time. Team GB

:54:44.:54:48.

were working so hard, all of them trying to drag Mark Cavendish up

:54:49.:54:54.

Box Hill. We can see them working hard. The aim is to keep as much

:54:54.:54:59.

energy in his legs as possible for the sprint back into London and in

:54:59.:55:03.

the sprint down The Mall to help him pick up that gold medal. How

:55:03.:55:08.

wonderful to see the shots. Box Hill is incredibly narrow and very

:55:08.:55:14.

tight and it is about a 5% gradient. Nothing is stopping Great Britain

:55:14.:55:19.

from working hard. You can see how hard they are working to keep Mark

:55:19.:55:27.

Cavendish in the hunt. Tanni Grey- Thompson has been there for us all

:55:27.:55:32.

day long. So far, it has seen about 20 seconds of absent today, but if

:55:32.:55:38.

the peloton can carry on reeling in the leaders you are going to see a

:55:38.:55:42.

thing is to remember down there this afternoon. We can feel the

:55:42.:55:47.

tension building because everybody is flocking back for the finish. We

:55:47.:55:52.

still have a break away at the front with 11 guys in there. We

:55:52.:55:58.

have a chasing group of 11 and you have got Philippe Gilbert in there

:55:58.:56:02.

who is trying to make a break to the leading group. You have got the

:56:02.:56:07.

peloton behind still being led by the British guys. They are sticking

:56:07.:56:11.

to their team tactics and not letting anyone get away. They are

:56:11.:56:16.

not panicking. Everyone thinks this is the perfect position for them to

:56:16.:56:23.

be end. We are seeing live shots. Give us an idea of the atmosphere.

:56:23.:56:27.

The gap was very bake at one point and we were wondering if there was

:56:27.:56:31.

a tactical error from Great Britain. Was it now is down there with

:56:31.:56:37.

everybody watching? I was told not to panic if it was over six minutes

:56:37.:56:44.

and it got over six minutes, and it is now less. There is still time

:56:44.:56:49.

for them to put it in, but the spectators, everybody wants to seek

:56:49.:56:57.

Team GB at the front and in control. We have not seen anything of Andre

:56:57.:57:02.

Greipel or Peter Sagan, some of the threats. The British team have been

:57:02.:57:05.

leading the peloton all the way and they have got the pressure of

:57:05.:57:12.

making the decisions. A while ago Bradley winning its -- Bradley

:57:12.:57:16.

Wiggins brought some food back to the team, but they must be feeling

:57:16.:57:20.

some pressure. You were told not to panic if it was over six minutes

:57:20.:57:26.

and it was bought a time, but it is less now. I feel much better, but I

:57:27.:57:34.

would love to see Bradley Wiggins on the front of the whole lot.

:57:34.:57:40.

can see Mark Cavendish at the front. We will come back to you a little

:57:40.:57:47.

later on. If you cannot wait for that, thanks to the joys of having

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London 2012 on the BBC. We have got He sounds like he always knows what

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he's on about. Serena Williams will be back, and it would be great if

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she could compete and make it a 2012 double. There is also a choice

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website or via the red button. It is not a case of you shouldn't miss

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a thing, more that you can't. After the cycling a bit later on, but if

:00:12.:00:17.

you did miss some of the equestrian action this morning, here is Nicola

:00:17.:00:22.

Wilson's routine, and she found that very late on but she would

:00:22.:00:32.
:00:32.:01:05.

in terms of a horse being relaxed which is an interesting situation.

:01:05.:01:14.

One of the top sires in world event in, bred by the owner. I know

:01:14.:01:20.

Tracey Robinson, the dressage trainer, has been going up to

:01:20.:01:27.

Yorkshire a lot to help Nicola and Opposition Buzz to get him more

:01:27.:01:37.
:01:37.:01:43.

relaxed, and it seems to be working. mark. They cross the centre line.

:01:43.:01:50.

He did look very accurate. He is getting a nice few sevens. Very

:01:50.:02:00.
:02:00.:02:08.

consistently on the Sevens. Just Bars. Didn't quite sustain the hold,

:02:08.:02:13.

but that is a good start. It will not be the best score we will see

:02:13.:02:16.

from the British team, but is a very good start for this

:02:16.:02:22.

combination. The best could be yet to come. This lovely girl from

:02:22.:02:26.

Yorkshire, a great favourite. A favourite with everybody. Such a

:02:26.:02:30.

lovely character. And this combination is something to behold

:02:30.:02:35.

across the country. If he could produce anything like his best

:02:35.:02:39.

around here on the cross-country day, that will certainly set

:02:39.:02:48.

Britain are. He is 15 years old now, He was great and gave me everything

:02:48.:02:53.

he could. It was a mistake free test. We did not have any blunders.

:02:53.:02:58.

I have to be delighted with how he has tried for me and I think he did

:02:58.:03:02.

the best he could have done today. He did a solid performance. I felt

:03:02.:03:07.

a bit excited on the last Holt's when everybody cheered and it is

:03:07.:03:11.

lovely to have the support behind us. Lovely to have the support and

:03:11.:03:21.

lovely to see a smile on Nicola's the tournament over the years,

:03:21.:03:25.

sitting just in front of the Australians. And as we go a little

:03:25.:03:31.

bit further down, Nicola sitting in 9th. Just to let you know that Mary

:03:31.:03:41.
:03:41.:03:41.

King it will be going at 2:30pm in Zara Phillips begins at 10:15am. We

:03:41.:03:45.

will be heading to the cycling and we have some boxing as well, but we

:03:45.:03:49.

will take you to a bit of gymnastics, the men's team

:03:49.:03:53.

qualification rounds and Britain were getting busy this morning and

:03:53.:03:58.

impressing us. This is Daniel Purves. Just watch this. He is from

:03:58.:04:02.

Liverpool and picked up a bronze on the floor in the 2010 World

:04:02.:04:12.
:04:12.:04:16.

Championships, and this is what he the rest of the action. A dramatic

:04:16.:04:26.
:04:26.:05:01.

morning so let's join that and to the final. Someone else with a

:05:02.:05:06.

chance is Thomas. Look at the height on that. A lovely

:05:06.:05:16.
:05:16.:05:24.

sharp through the flick and accelerating across the floor. What

:05:24.:05:31.

a performance so far. A very precise on the landings. And the

:05:31.:05:41.
:05:41.:06:14.

Nice control. A good, low position strong, very confident. Great stuff

:06:14.:06:22.

on the floor. This is something else! The finest gymnastics that

:06:22.:06:28.

Great Britain have ever produced. really special performance from

:06:28.:06:31.

Christine Thomas. He has been such a steady performance for the

:06:31.:06:37.

British team -- Kristian Thomas. He is very tall, so he has to choose

:06:37.:06:44.

his skills very carefully on the floor. They called gymnast can look

:06:44.:06:50.

so impressive -- 8 Paul gymnast can look so impressive because of the

:06:50.:06:54.

bigger heights they get. It is a big ask because the for his small

:06:54.:07:04.
:07:04.:07:06.

to them, but he tucked that double a radium -- double Arabian in.

:07:06.:07:09.

15.366, the third-highest score we have seen on the floor this morning.

:07:09.:07:17.

Here we go, ladies and gentlemen, this is Great Britain's Lewis Smith.

:07:17.:07:23.

Pommel horse qualification. Come on! There are no medals in this

:07:23.:07:29.

round, but this is where it can all be lost. Very confident with the

:07:29.:07:34.

first handstand. Another one coming up. Very, very smooth. And he has

:07:34.:07:39.

worked so hard on his style. Those legs are locked together and the

:07:39.:07:48.

swing is nice. The rhythm is good. The difficulty will be down

:07:49.:07:58.

slightly, but the style is good. He is going well. A triple Russian.

:07:58.:08:03.

Three at spins and now he is into the travel forward. On his way back,

:08:03.:08:13.
:08:13.:08:13.

and this looks very good indeed. What a concert performance! That

:08:13.:08:21.

well deserves a final placing. He will be absolutely chuffed. Olympic

:08:21.:08:24.

bronze medallist, and he now has the chance for a another Olympic

:08:24.:08:34.
:08:34.:08:39.

If he could not perform today, all of the talk was of nothing, because

:08:39.:08:48.

today's way you make -- because today he's way you make the final.

:08:48.:08:53.

-- today he's where you make the final. The legs were lovely and

:08:53.:08:59.

tied together. The difficulty might be slightly down, but the

:08:59.:09:09.
:09:09.:09:09.

performance is definitely up. the dismount, just hanging on for a

:09:09.:09:13.

little bit more difficulty. He nails the landing. And look at

:09:13.:09:20.

their relief in his face. That is sheer relief. And now a little bit

:09:20.:09:25.

of emotion. Just over come up with the support and the relief in what

:09:25.:09:31.

he has achieved. 15.8, Smith is in the Olympic bomb or Horse Final.

:09:31.:09:36.

And he has a chance to go better than the bronze he got in Beijing -

:09:36.:09:46.
:09:46.:09:47.

Mitch said it perfectly, wonderful stuff. The gymnast, in tears, so

:09:47.:09:51.

much emotion and gymnastics were wonderful in Beijing for the men,

:09:51.:09:55.

and they are looking to do the same thing. That performance from Luis

:09:56.:10:01.

was remarkable, but not only that, Great Britain finished above China.

:10:01.:10:05.

In 2011 when China were crowned world champions, Britain did not

:10:05.:10:09.

even make the final. That is how impressive the performance was

:10:09.:10:13.

today. Will it be enough to win a medal? We will find out later. Time

:10:13.:10:18.

for some boxing. It is the largest competition venue being used for

:10:18.:10:22.

the games, on the banks of the Thames, hosting seven Olympic

:10:22.:10:31.

sports. But today, let's focus on the fighters. It is Irish

:10:31.:10:37.

bantamweight fighter Jonjo Nevin aged just 18. And now he wants to

:10:37.:10:47.
:10:47.:10:48.

be challenging for a medal. Let's very interesting bantamweight

:10:48.:10:54.

contest. The most experienced Olympic competition member of the

:10:54.:11:01.

Irish side, Jonjo Nevin, the 30 three-year-old from central island.

:11:02.:11:09.

-- the 20 three-year-old. His opponent is also 23. The first

:11:09.:11:15.

Danish boxer to get into the Olympics since Atlanta in 1996.

:11:15.:11:19.

Jonjo Nevin got through having got a bronze medal in the world

:11:19.:11:23.

championships back in Azerbaijan a year to go -- a year ago, when he

:11:23.:11:30.

lost narrowly on a countback after 12 rounds against Luke Campbell

:11:30.:11:34.

from Great Britain. Not getting it all his own way, but Nevin is

:11:34.:11:40.

taking his time. Solid, dependable competitor, Nevin. I think he is

:11:40.:11:44.

boxing well on the back foot and keeping his range and boxing the

:11:44.:11:49.

distances very well. He's bringing his opponents on to have no punches.

:11:49.:11:54.

The Danish boxing is on the front foot, orthodox and he can be

:11:54.:11:58.

erratic and the Open when he comes forward. That right hand seems to

:11:58.:12:05.

be finding the right distance. years ago he lost in the opening

:12:05.:12:09.

contest against the Nigerian and then lost 9-2 against the excellent

:12:09.:12:13.

Mongolian, and that was the closest contest that the Mongolian had to

:12:13.:12:18.

endure on his way to the gold medal. Nevin has really learn from that.

:12:18.:12:23.

Since then, a couple of bronze medals. A good, solid right hand

:12:23.:12:29.

from the Irishman, taking his time. If you're wondering what has

:12:29.:12:33.

happened to the running scores on the screen, they don't exist any

:12:33.:12:39.

more. But at the end of the round the scores will be coming up. Five

:12:39.:12:44.

judges at ringside. They have red and blue keypads to press if they

:12:44.:12:49.

think a man has landed a clean punch on the target area. This time

:12:49.:12:54.

the top and bottom scores are discounted. The computer works it

:12:54.:12:58.

out, you don't have to have a degree in matt-black -- mathematics.

:12:58.:13:02.

But nothing comes up any more, so you have to wait and see what

:13:02.:13:06.

happens at the end of the round. It is getting us back to the old days.

:13:06.:13:11.

Good work here, and he is counter- attacking and waiting for his

:13:11.:13:14.

opponent are coming into punching range, then stepping in and beating

:13:14.:13:19.

him to the punch. Very well timed boxing from Nevin. The timing is

:13:19.:13:29.

very good. At the moment he is very much winning this round. Good,

:13:29.:13:35.

economical style. And he is landing accurately. A good effort at the

:13:35.:13:38.

body. He got caught and he must not leave that she now. But a good

:13:38.:13:44.

finish in the end by the Irishman - - you must not leave it that she no

:13:44.:13:54.
:13:54.:13:58.

doubt. A packed house here. 10,000 people. Not a seat to be had.

:13:58.:14:03.

good work here from Nevin. Leading well with the right hand. Towards

:14:03.:14:07.

the end of the round the Danish boxer came back with a good shot,

:14:07.:14:11.

just reminding Nevin he is still in the contest, but he dominated with

:14:11.:14:17.

the one to combination. Well-timed boxing from Nevin, and a clear

:14:17.:14:27.
:14:27.:14:36.

winner in that round. He does have five men as boxers and one female

:14:36.:14:42.

boxer. The five-time gold champion. But at the moment it is all eyes on

:14:42.:14:52.
:14:52.:15:07.

handles the ring space very well indeed. He boxes from the centre of

:15:07.:15:12.

the ring and he boxes in the spaces. Rarely do you see him back on the

:15:12.:15:17.

ropes because he knows that is where his opponents can get to him.

:15:18.:15:27.
:15:28.:15:28.

So he controls centering. A good left again. The referee seems to

:15:28.:15:36.

think he hit with the open part of the glove. Stop, brake and box.

:15:36.:15:46.
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Everything else is done by the it Uzbekistan and then had a very

:15:57.:16:01.

narrow defeat to Luke Campbell. problem Dennis Ceylan has got is

:16:01.:16:07.

that his feet are far too slow. He has got to start pushing Nevin back

:16:07.:16:11.

onto the ropes. He is too flat footed. He is coming forward and he

:16:12.:16:16.

is easy to hit. And he has got a low left hand, and that is why he

:16:17.:16:26.

keeps walking on to the right hand. Nevin probably needs to be tested a

:16:26.:16:31.

little bit more, but that will come as this tournament unfolds in this

:16:31.:16:37.

very competitive division. I think this is the perfect contest to

:16:37.:16:41.

break into the tournament with. This is starting to become a target

:16:41.:16:47.

practice. That is no disrespect to Dennis Ceylan. He is being

:16:47.:16:53.

outgunned and there is better quality coming from the Irishman.

:16:53.:16:57.

For the very first time in an Olympic boxing tournament we have

:16:57.:17:03.

men who are seeded. The number one goes to the top and the numbered

:17:03.:17:13.
:17:13.:17:26.

of Nevin. I still think he is boxing within himself. Definitely

:17:26.:17:36.
:17:36.:17:36.

and those body shots are starting to hurt his opponent. I think Nevin

:17:36.:17:46.
:17:46.:17:49.

might be capable of winning this contest with -- within the distance.

:17:50.:17:56.

Another good round and he has opened up a gap. 10,000 people can

:17:56.:18:02.

see the big screen. It is 13-4 to the Irishman. That was a very good

:18:03.:18:10.

second round. Super work from Nevin with that right hand. Look how he

:18:10.:18:16.

got out of the way of that left hook. Then he switches downstairs

:18:16.:18:21.

and then back upstairs. Great boxing from Nevin in this round and

:18:21.:18:27.

he upped the tempo a little bit. Dennis Ceylan has got no answer to

:18:27.:18:35.

those punches. It is only when you look at slow-motion like that,

:18:35.:18:39.

because the action is done in double quick time, that you realise

:18:39.:18:49.
:18:49.:19:07.

second Olympic Games, John Joe Nevin. His opponent is from Denmark.

:19:07.:19:13.

It is the accuracy that is causing all the problems for the Dane.

:19:13.:19:18.

pace has suited Nevin and he has dictated it. I liked the way he

:19:18.:19:22.

moves around his opponent, rather than moving back and going on to

:19:22.:19:32.
:19:32.:19:55.

the ropes. It is great ring craft apart. The quality work has

:19:55.:20:01.

definitely come from him. Too much for the referee. The referee said

:20:01.:20:10.

that was a low blow. The vests have to be tucked well in so the

:20:10.:20:14.

waistband is visible to give the referee an idea whether the blow is

:20:14.:20:20.

legal or illegal. If it goes south of the border and is illegal, it

:20:20.:20:30.
:20:30.:20:45.

straight lines, no sidesteps. Boxing with very flat feet and

:20:46.:20:52.

standing in front of his opponent. Irish boxers down the years have

:20:52.:20:59.

done their country proud. They have won more medals in this sport than

:20:59.:21:09.
:21:09.:21:36.

really turned it on in the second and opened up a huge gap. Now he

:21:36.:21:46.
:21:46.:21:54.

is hugely important. He did that four years ago in Beijing. There is

:21:54.:22:01.

no doubt about who won that one. That is a great boost for the Auris

:22:01.:22:09.

team. Jo Ward lost his appeal a couple of days ago. The Olympic

:22:09.:22:16.

circuit will be poorer without Jo Ward. No doubt who was dominating

:22:16.:22:22.

the contest all the way through. Quality work throughout the contest,

:22:22.:22:25.

especially the second and third round. That will settle the nerves

:22:25.:22:35.
:22:35.:22:39.

for the whole Irish team. A good display. He was cool all the way

:22:39.:22:47.

through, John Joe Nevin. Now it is a matter of the margin. He may well

:22:47.:22:55.

have got himself past the 20 mark. A considerable haircut he has got

:22:55.:23:05.
:23:05.:23:07.

This is a bit like the old days. In the previous system when the scores

:23:07.:23:13.

came up on the screens, you would have known who had one. It adds to

:23:13.:23:22.

the whole thing. It adds to the atmosphere. Ladies and gentlemen,

:23:22.:23:32.
:23:32.:23:35.

the winner with a score of 21-6, in the red corner, John Joe Nevin.

:23:35.:23:45.
:23:45.:23:45.

gets past the 20 Mark, the first boxer to do so far. A good

:23:45.:23:50.

performance by John Joe never end. 21-6 over his opponent from Denmark.

:23:50.:23:58.

A good start by the Irish. enjoyed that dramatic pause before

:23:58.:24:03.

the RIM went up in the air. You can see how in control he was in that

:24:03.:24:09.

about. His second taste of Olympic Games and just like in Beijing he

:24:09.:24:17.

wins his opening round. The boxing continues on the red button with

:24:17.:24:23.

Britain's Anthony Ogogo. He is a real pinup boy for boxing. He is on

:24:23.:24:29.

in half-an-hour on BBC Three. Now we are turning our attention to the

:24:29.:24:33.

men's road race. Four years ago Mark Cavendish was devastated to

:24:33.:24:40.

leave Beijing without a medal. Can you believe the biggest name in

:24:40.:24:44.

cycling, you either winner of the Tour de France? Bigger than

:24:44.:24:53.

Cavendish? A big part of spending his confidence and he has got

:24:53.:25:00.

bucket loads of it. He tastes victory and it is sweet. He is an

:25:00.:25:06.

all or nothing kind of guy and it is something I strive to be.

:25:06.:25:10.

raised his incredibly well and whether you and I would see a mass

:25:10.:25:16.

of bodies in a peloton, he just sees that the gaps. He is genius

:25:16.:25:20.

and ability is to stay completely rational and Ice Cold in what is

:25:20.:25:25.

the most hectic and uncontrollable murmured in cycling. People see the

:25:25.:25:31.

last 500m of a state, but you have had to ride for five hours to get

:25:31.:25:35.

to that point and he is able to unleash that amazing energy at the

:25:35.:25:43.

end. I would not even be at the finish. Mark Cavendish wins for the

:25:43.:25:49.

4th year running. It is making calculators, making decisions in an

:25:49.:25:54.

instant, it is as close to instinct as you can get from learning to

:25:54.:26:02.

ride a bicycle. Somehow he sees everything happening in slow motion.

:26:02.:26:07.

He sees things happen that other people are not seeing, making

:26:07.:26:11.

decisions that other people are panicking about. He is the only guy

:26:11.:26:16.

who is not losing his cool. But the moment he crosses that finishing

:26:16.:26:22.

line it all comes out at once. Cavendish has won the world title

:26:22.:26:30.

for Great Britain. To represent my country and to beat in the team, to

:26:30.:26:36.

do it for work your country and not for at a wage, it is a big, big

:26:36.:26:43.

thing. To us he is just Mark and even now in the last few days you

:26:43.:26:47.

can see he is getting jittery and excited and he is approaching the

:26:47.:26:52.

thing he has been looking at for the last few months and we have to

:26:52.:26:56.

calm him down. He is going through the full spectrum, he makes himself

:26:56.:27:03.

angry, nervous, confident. He is calm one moment and terrified the

:27:03.:27:09.

next. He is a wonderful personality. He is super excited, he is getting

:27:09.:27:13.

his shoes ready and the glasses and he is ready to go and he is as fit

:27:13.:27:18.

as I have ever seen him. He was complaining on the road today that

:27:18.:27:23.

we were going too hard. I said, it is your fault, you asked us to be

:27:23.:27:29.

here. We have got patriotic guys in the team, they really want to do

:27:29.:27:37.

this. We were out training and I was thinking, this is a Dream Team.

:27:37.:27:41.

It is a big thing to have guys who can win in their own right

:27:41.:27:46.

dedicating themselves to a cause. I cannot let the guys down, I cannot

:27:46.:27:51.

let the team down, that is it, that is the biggest thing.

:27:51.:27:57.

It is now time for Mark and Team GB to deliver it. Let's go live to the

:27:57.:28:02.

streets of Surrey for an hour of cycling. It might just deliver the

:28:02.:28:09.

first medal of the 2012 Games. We are with Stuart Broad man and Chris

:28:09.:28:19.
:28:19.:28:25.

group. One man is ahead, Philippe Gilbert, the Belgian. But I think

:28:25.:28:35.

he has gone too early. The first group went away very early on and

:28:35.:28:41.

established lead of almost six minutes. Then they were joined by a

:28:41.:28:51.
:28:51.:28:53.

chasing group of 12. That contained a huge amount of talent. Then they

:28:53.:28:57.

came together and the residue of that group has gone through and one

:28:57.:29:03.

man is ahead of them and that is Philippe Gilbert. They are on the

:29:03.:29:10.

final ascent of Box Hill, so it is far too long for him to stay away.

:29:10.:29:13.

But then used his Great Britain have been in control throughout and

:29:13.:29:19.

they have never panic. They have kept the tempo Hythe. They have

:29:19.:29:24.

kept the rhythm up. Nobody of danger has got away and it means

:29:24.:29:32.

that Mark Cavendish has got good legs and it is all building nicely

:29:32.:29:42.
:29:42.:29:47.

for the game-plan of delivering him plan could not have gone better for

:29:47.:29:51.

the Great Britain team. They have let the group's goal weight on the

:29:51.:29:59.

climbing, ridden together, nursing Mark Cavendish. They have done a

:29:59.:30:05.

fantastic job. And it looks like the run into London, just 50

:30:05.:30:10.

kilometres of, they will be able to bring the race under control.

:30:10.:30:17.

Hopefully for Mark Cavendish they will have a sprint. The head of the

:30:17.:30:27.
:30:27.:30:29.

breakaway group which is chasing down Gilbert. Still in there is

:30:29.:30:33.

O'Grady. We have an attack forming here. This is exactly what we

:30:33.:30:39.

expected on the final ascent of Box Hill. The riders will try to jump

:30:39.:30:46.

clear between them and the peloton being led by the Great Britain team.

:30:46.:30:49.

About 20 guys ahead of them, so they are just bridging between the

:30:49.:30:53.

groups. It is quite difficult for them to know what to do. You can

:30:53.:30:57.

see the British team look like they are ignoring the rest of the

:30:57.:31:02.

peloton. They have one script, one plan, Riding for Mark Cavendish.

:31:02.:31:06.

They are letting all of these riders go and once they get over

:31:06.:31:09.

the top of the climb they will drive back towards London to try to

:31:09.:31:14.

pull everything back together. well-drilled unit, the British team,

:31:14.:31:18.

they have never panicked or tried to jump clear. They have just

:31:18.:31:24.

relentlessly kept the tempo up as we go back to the leading rider,

:31:24.:31:30.

and BT's Philippe Gilbert, getting a tremendous ovation. He is a

:31:30.:31:34.

talented rider with a list of classic victories to his credit.

:31:34.:31:38.

There were some doubts about him riding after he took a heavy tumble

:31:38.:31:43.

in the Tour de France, but fortunately nothing was broken,

:31:43.:31:47.

although he heavily bruised his shoulder. Gilbert is having a crack.

:31:47.:31:53.

Denmark at the front of what is left of the group. They are driving

:31:53.:31:59.

around heart. I am sure the days of the group are numbered. Just 43

:31:59.:32:05.

seconds behind Philippe Gilbert, and soon we will see the peloton

:32:05.:32:08.

coming into view. It will not be the Great Britain team at the head

:32:08.:32:11.

of the peloton, it will be those few people who have been attacking

:32:11.:32:16.

on the climb and then the British team will drive hard to pull it

:32:16.:32:21.

back together. This is literally as they planned the race. The group

:32:21.:32:31.
:32:31.:32:31.

trying to chase Gill but down, who has left the group -- Gilbert.

:32:31.:32:38.

There are some talented riders and O'Grady looked like he took a hand

:32:38.:32:45.

sling. That is one minute and 21 seconds, the gap. So I think the

:32:45.:32:49.

British team do have this under control. They have one hour of

:32:49.:32:52.

racing, a little more than that to go. I think they can control it for

:32:52.:32:57.

that. They must be very confident. Mark Cavendish must be relieved he

:32:57.:33:01.

has passed those nine Tests and he can look forward to the sprint

:33:01.:33:07.

finish. It is looking very good indeed. The game plan is working

:33:07.:33:11.

well. Just to reiterate the earlier comment, they have never faltered

:33:11.:33:17.

and panicked, so great Britain working with this one aim, to

:33:17.:33:26.

deliver the Express to the mal -- were more. Gilbert making a real

:33:26.:33:30.

feast of this. He did this in 2010 when the championships took place

:33:30.:33:35.

in Belgium. The Belgian flags supporting him. He went off with

:33:35.:33:39.

about 10 miles to go but faded within a kilometre or of the line.

:33:39.:33:44.

This is classic Gilbert. But he has gone far too early. Has he read the

:33:44.:33:50.

manual? I think he was hoping someone else would come along with

:33:50.:33:56.

him. A group of 22 is far too big for them to stay away. He thought

:33:56.:34:00.

he would attack early and maybe bring the group down to a smaller

:34:00.:34:04.

number that would work well together. Gilbert, the man of the

:34:04.:34:07.

moment, taking the race to the rest of them. There is Timothy Duggan,

:34:07.:34:11.

the national champion with the USA and he has been in the thick of the

:34:11.:34:15.

action. He was in the little group that developed after 20 kilometres

:34:15.:34:22.

and built up the lead of six minutes. Berkovic, Menchov,

:34:22.:34:28.

Kristoff, to or maim some of the group. There are still some of them.

:34:28.:34:38.
:34:38.:34:40.

Bracken which is still there -- here, but there are still one or

:34:40.:34:50.
:34:50.:34:52.

two smart operators not figuring yet. The biggest danger for Mark

:34:52.:34:55.

Cavendish is the German at the finish. He did beat him in the

:34:55.:35:00.

sprint at the Tour de France, so that is the person that will be

:35:00.:35:04.

more worrying for the British team. But it could also work for them.

:35:04.:35:13.

The Germans have not really contributed to the chase. The

:35:13.:35:17.

German team have still got some bodies to use in the final. Mark

:35:17.:35:21.

Cavendish might be up to make use of that. A big injection of pace at

:35:21.:35:26.

the front. Spain beginning to turn the screw, or is in Holland? Yes,

:35:26.:35:31.

Holland having a crack. One or two other sprinters, Tom Bowman, we

:35:31.:35:39.

haven't seen anything of him, and there are other names to conjure

:35:39.:35:43.

with when it comes to the spring. There will be a few names in play

:35:43.:35:47.

but there is only one we think can win this if it comes down to a

:35:47.:35:51.

bunch sprint, and that is obviously what the British team thing. Mark

:35:51.:35:57.

Cavendish waiting, and how to wait till he can do his thing and then

:35:57.:36:07.
:36:07.:36:07.

congratulate the team for the work they have done to this point.

:36:07.:36:12.

are getting very little information in the time splits, and it is just

:36:12.:36:15.

our memory being tested here really at the moment but we are looking at

:36:15.:36:19.

this incredible effort by Philippe Gill but who has now totally

:36:20.:36:24.

committed himself -- Philippe Gilbert. If he fails, he will have

:36:24.:36:28.

to go to the back of the peloton because he will have nothing left

:36:28.:36:32.

in his legs. If you look at the amount of action, he has been

:36:32.:36:37.

holding them over the last lap of the course, one minute and 20

:36:37.:36:41.

seconds over the peloton which is quite something, but with an hour

:36:41.:36:46.

left to right on flat roads, which are great roads or chasing, that is

:36:46.:36:51.

too much to us from one rider alone. You are right, but he is attacking

:36:51.:36:59.

the task with unbridled passion. I mentioned earlier, but let me tell

:36:59.:37:06.

you, the last medal won by a Belgian in the Olympic games came

:37:06.:37:11.

in the searing Athenian of the sun down on the tough circuit in Athens.

:37:11.:37:18.

Their last gold medal, you have to go a long way back. It was 1952, in

:37:18.:37:28.
:37:28.:37:30.

Helsinki. The attacking these coming thick and fast behind.

:37:30.:37:35.

Everybody psychologically things after getting to just one hour left

:37:35.:37:38.

there is not a lot of time left. They really are coming thick and

:37:38.:37:43.

fast. This is where Great Britain have to be extra vigilant and look

:37:43.:37:48.

for the moves and stamp them out. It is HS on wheels scenario.

:37:48.:37:52.

Somebody makes a move, and you have to make a move to counter at -- it

:37:52.:38:02.

he's a chess on wheels. They have come off the elbow of the Duke of

:38:02.:38:05.

Wellington Place in to constitution Hill, that is where Cavendish needs

:38:05.:38:14.

to be there before he relaunches his sprint. A lot of activity from

:38:14.:38:18.

the group behind, but surely it is all in vain. My eye is drawn back

:38:18.:38:22.

down the road to see what is happening behind and how close is

:38:22.:38:27.

the peloton from catching the group. Italy has decided that they will

:38:27.:38:30.

have to do something with this. They have spent a lot of energy

:38:30.:38:33.

getting the men into the group, so they will have to make the most of

:38:33.:38:41.

it. Now they are driving to what purpose, I'm not sure. If you are

:38:41.:38:45.

just turning on to watch the concluding stages, and you are a

:38:45.:38:50.

cycling fan, you are probably asking, Italy? They have not wound

:38:50.:38:54.

up in their famous blue colours, they are in their new car lot of

:38:54.:38:59.

weight and I do not nullify like it or not -- then you come up of white

:38:59.:39:04.

and I do not know if I like that or not. -- their new colour up of

:39:04.:39:12.

white. It is Italy not happy with the development of Gilbert been

:39:12.:39:18.

clear. They have the good sprinter who chased Cavendish home in the

:39:18.:39:26.

test event and Cavendish was held to one it will buy them. -- one

:39:26.:39:36.

of the Italians as they start to come through. But look at Gilbert.

:39:36.:39:43.

He is really driving on for this one. That is a fully committed bike

:39:43.:39:49.

rider, isn't it? Absolutely everything here. We have not really

:39:49.:39:53.

seen him today, but that could be the case with any winner of this

:39:53.:39:57.

race. We probably will not have even seen their face, because it is

:39:57.:40:00.

all about the final hour and the positioning and spotting an

:40:00.:40:10.
:40:10.:40:43.

the mix, the bronze medallist from Beijing, he is another man to look

:40:43.:40:47.

out for at the finish. Italy of a country that has had the most

:40:47.:40:52.

victories in this event. -- Italy are the country. They have five

:40:52.:40:57.

gold medal victories to their credit. Russia and France have

:40:57.:41:03.

celebrated two wins each. We are not going to get a situation like

:41:03.:41:09.

the one at the end of the race in Rome, in 1960, when the Russian

:41:09.:41:16.

beat the Italian. They had to sprint twice, and then they had to

:41:16.:41:21.

do another lap and sprint again, but it was the same result. They

:41:21.:41:28.

certainly would not like that. Look at this determination on the face

:41:28.:41:31.

of the Norwegian trying to get away. And it is not the man I thought I

:41:31.:41:41.
:41:41.:41:43.

would see. The real man for Norway has got to be Hagen. We have not

:41:43.:41:46.

seen much of him, but he was in great shape last week in the Tour

:41:47.:41:51.

de France. He can release print well, so we could see him trying to

:41:51.:41:57.

get into move -- he can really sprint well. There will be a lot of

:41:57.:42:02.

people doing it. It might mean that there is the potential to succeed.

:42:02.:42:06.

But failing that, if he goes down to the final sprint, he has a good

:42:06.:42:11.

possibility of getting a medal. Gilbert has been caught. The race

:42:11.:42:16.

seems to be getting itself together. They are starting to work, but I

:42:17.:42:23.

think it will be a bit late. Spain all their riding as a group.

:42:23.:42:32.

Castroviejo Nicolas has been away all day. I think they're big strong

:42:32.:42:38.

man today has got to be Sanchez, the stage winner in the Tour de

:42:38.:42:42.

France. He is not a big sprinter but if he can establish a gap in a

:42:42.:42:46.

good time trial will take a lot of pulling back. I would have thought

:42:46.:42:50.

Sanchez would have been a good bet on the circuit, but now we are off

:42:50.:42:55.

it I'm not so sure. They are an excellent position though now.

:42:55.:43:00.

Three men, meaning they have at least one who can do some work.

:43:00.:43:04.

They really are motoring down this flat road as they head towards

:43:04.:43:10.

London. Where are the Great Britain team? They are still on the nose of

:43:10.:43:16.

the chasers, where they have been all day. That is quite a gap. Look

:43:16.:43:21.

at this. Still going back, further. There we are. What would you say

:43:21.:43:26.

the time gap is? I think it is deceptive because they are moving

:43:26.:43:31.

so fast that the gaps are bigger for the same amount of time.

:43:31.:43:35.

Reaching speeds of 55 kilometres per hour, which means they will be

:43:35.:43:39.

with us in about 50 minutes time if they carried on with that average.

:43:39.:43:43.

The wind is behind them, so it is feasible that they could average

:43:43.:43:53.
:43:53.:43:57.

those kinds of speeds and move a group. Everybody but something to

:43:57.:44:05.

play for. -- with something to play for. A lot of passengers in the

:44:05.:44:15.
:44:15.:44:32.

group, but some Major players as that Gilbert has made today and he

:44:32.:44:39.

has not profited from either. As we look down the field, at the head,

:44:39.:44:47.

Great Britain ploughing along at the front. Where is Mark Cavendish?

:44:47.:44:51.

He is back one or two wheels. He needs to get a bit more shelter and

:44:51.:44:56.

make the most of the work that his team is doing for him. We will see

:44:56.:45:01.

how much easier it is when it is 10 riders back, literally freewheeling

:45:01.:45:07.

at the front, and riding as hard as they can. It is going to be a fast

:45:07.:45:17.
:45:17.:45:39.

run in it now. Five hours of racing is Bradley Wiggins on the front.

:45:39.:45:43.

You can see the bunching of the peloton and then pushing over the

:45:43.:45:49.

top. They are getting so close now they really do need to start

:45:49.:45:55.

reeling in the group. They have not got long to reach that gap. It

:45:55.:46:03.

looked like it was fragmenting. They are a dangerous group to let

:46:03.:46:13.
:46:13.:46:18.

stay away. The pressure is being applied and it is hurting. We have

:46:18.:46:23.

about 24 miles of racing left. That is less than an hour before we

:46:23.:46:29.

crown the Olympic gold medallist in London. The 30th Olympiad taking

:46:29.:46:36.

place. Bradley Wiggins is on the front, but they have to work now

:46:36.:46:41.

and use up the effort. They wanted to save it for the sprint, but the

:46:41.:46:45.

group further up the road is way too dangerous and they need to get

:46:45.:46:50.

on top of it as quickly as possible and get fresh light breathe into it.

:46:50.:46:56.

They have to bring it back now. traditional flick of the elbow from

:46:56.:47:02.

Wiggins. He is saying, I have done my turn and the next rider needs to

:47:03.:47:10.

come through. We have not seen Fabian Cancellara at all to date.

:47:10.:47:14.

This is why, he has been waiting for the opportunity. He waited

:47:14.:47:18.

until that final climb and he managed to get across to this group

:47:18.:47:22.

and that is what is making the difference. They are not worried

:47:22.:47:28.

about the amount of passengers in this group. Sanchez is also in this

:47:28.:47:34.

group. Yes, he is a dangerous man, but Fabian Cancellara is worrying

:47:34.:47:38.

me. He will be happy with the development. It is a big group and

:47:38.:47:43.

it is a massive split. It changes think dramatically, and it is

:47:44.:47:49.

frustrating we are not getting any time differences. Despite the size

:47:49.:47:54.

of his group, it is about the key names in there. Those are the teams

:47:54.:47:59.

that are doing all of the driving. If the Germans do not help the

:47:59.:48:03.

British team, they are not going to be there for them. They really need

:48:03.:48:08.

to start to commit and help the British steam. This is by no means

:48:08.:48:13.

a done deal. The it is a dangerous mood and the Great Britain team

:48:13.:48:18.

will be aware of this. Whether they are aware of the composition of the

:48:18.:48:21.

group and whether they know that Fabian Cancellara is in there, I do

:48:21.:48:29.

not know. It is going to become dangerous. It is not good for

:48:30.:48:35.

Germany, but it is not good for at Mark Cavendish and Great Britain.

:48:35.:48:42.

Where is Tom Boonen? I have not seen him in the race. Now they are

:48:43.:48:45.

getting a hand. It is Germany and Great Britain pulling the field

:48:46.:48:53.

along. Germany is committing one rider at the time and they are

:48:53.:48:57.

playing a dangerous game. They should be pushing all of their

:48:58.:49:07.
:49:08.:49:14.

troops behind him. There is Mark Cavendish touched on the wheel.

:49:14.:49:18.

That is the kind of situation you see all that time in the Tour de

:49:18.:49:28.
:49:28.:49:29.

France. The lead is round about 30 seconds. Now it comes up on the

:49:29.:49:34.

screen and it is 57 seconds and there is a group of 32 in the front.

:49:34.:49:40.

It really is a big group. Let's hope the British team have

:49:40.:49:44.

calculated this right. It really is a nail-biting last three-quarters

:49:44.:49:50.

of an hour. We are not getting any information and we are not being

:49:50.:49:53.

told the position and the composition of the group on the

:49:53.:49:59.

computer. We are just hearing the odd name here and there, but we

:49:59.:50:04.

know Fabian Cancellara is in there. There is Tom Boonen. He is happy.

:50:05.:50:10.

The Germans are lining up as well. They are perfectly happy to let the

:50:11.:50:15.

British team do the work. I am not convinced with a gap of nearly a

:50:15.:50:20.

minute, I think it is a dangerous game. They really need to start

:50:20.:50:26.

driving, but these are experienced professionals. Ian Stannard is

:50:26.:50:31.

doing the work now and we have to trust in their ability to judge the

:50:31.:50:38.

gap, but it is nerve-racking to watch. One minute, it is confirmed

:50:38.:50:45.

34 kilometres to go. Hopefully we will get some shots of the front

:50:45.:50:51.

group so we can confirm the danger men. We know Fabian Cancellara is

:50:51.:50:57.

in this group, the silver medal- winner from Beijing. Spartacus is

:50:58.:51:04.

his nickname. He pulled out of the Tour de France after just over a

:51:04.:51:09.

week because his wife gave birth to their second child. But he has been

:51:10.:51:16.

keeping his form in perfect condition. I make it 42 minutes of

:51:16.:51:21.

racing left in this Olympic men's road race before the gold medal is

:51:21.:51:26.

settled. It really is a nail-biter with this group having a minute's

:51:26.:51:31.

advantage. The teams have got their work cut out if they want to bring

:51:31.:51:37.

this back together. The do not have Samuel Sanchez here because of

:51:37.:51:46.

injury, but they have got three riders in this front group. It is

:51:46.:51:56.
:51:56.:52:00.

pretty good indeed. At the moment Great Britain are on the back foot.

:52:00.:52:05.

Those riders are all good sprinters, but they are not the best sprinters,

:52:05.:52:08.

but the best sprinters are a minute behind and that would be a good

:52:08.:52:18.
:52:18.:52:35.

specialist at the front is powering his way on. He is trying to pull

:52:35.:52:40.

the group back. But this group is being driven by Spain and they have

:52:40.:52:46.

got a good at move on. The Spanish and the Swiss know they have got an

:52:46.:52:55.

opportunity. They fought for it on that climb. There is a huge amount

:52:55.:53:00.

of hangers on. They may not be the very best riders on paper, but they

:53:00.:53:04.

have had a free ride all the way into London and they have had an

:53:04.:53:09.

opportunity here and they may be able to use it by attacking in the

:53:09.:53:14.

final five or 10 kilometres. The speed with which the Spanish are

:53:14.:53:18.

driving that group at the moment, it is hard to think that anybody

:53:18.:53:24.

can be attacking them. They are on towards Hampton court way and then

:53:24.:53:31.

they will swing right up to Queen's Road. They are almost sniffing at

:53:31.:53:37.

the finish. This is a mood of immense proportions. This is very

:53:37.:53:44.

important and Spain are absolutely spot-on. They are fully committed.

:53:45.:53:50.

Nobody it's trying to wave anybody else on. They are committed to the

:53:50.:53:57.

work. If they let the speed drop for a minute, there are others

:53:57.:54:07.
:54:07.:54:10.

behind them. One more try to have a go off the front. After all the

:54:10.:54:16.

hard work of Great Britain, are they now going to lose out? I find

:54:16.:54:19.

that really hard to believe. They know what they are doing and they

:54:19.:54:24.

do this as a day-job all the time. They get a feel for it and they

:54:24.:54:31.

know that time gaps and they know what it will take to bring a break

:54:31.:54:41.
:54:41.:54:45.

back. But this looks dangerous to me. By Verdi had a podium finish in

:54:45.:54:55.
:54:55.:55:00.

the Tour de France. Leon Sanchez with very good form, from Spain.

:55:00.:55:10.
:55:10.:55:26.

There are a lot of people driving is very dangerous for the British

:55:26.:55:30.

team after all the hard work they have done. They are totally

:55:30.:55:36.

committed on the front. They know it is the Olympic Games. This is

:55:36.:55:41.

the responsibility of Ian Stannard. He is driving as fast as he cancels

:55:41.:55:47.

stock he will peel off after his work is done, but he is trying

:55:47.:55:57.
:55:57.:55:58.

single-handedly to pull this break pack away. Every little paws and

:55:58.:56:08.
:56:08.:56:24.

Ian Stannard claws back a second or There is not much time to go now.

:56:24.:56:29.

They need some help. Leaving Ian Stannard on the front it might not

:56:29.:56:39.
:56:39.:56:43.

be enough. That Australian is there as well. We are getting no numbers

:56:44.:56:51.

or feet or captions. Is that Matthew Goss? I think it is Stuart

:56:51.:56:59.

O'Grady. He is still in the next, he has been in it all day. He has

:56:59.:57:04.

done plenty just to be in this position in the race. It shows you

:57:04.:57:10.

how you can read a race. He is not the peak strength he had before.

:57:10.:57:15.

But he has got the experience and he knows how to be in the right

:57:15.:57:25.
:57:25.:57:29.

place. The wells have we got? That is Philippe Gilbert. Surely he has

:57:29.:57:39.
:57:39.:57:58.

got to have had his form dented by They are ringing at their loudest

:57:58.:58:02.

because this is very, very dangerous for Great Britain. They

:58:02.:58:07.

are running out of distance. They realise it and they are on the

:58:07.:58:12.

front. They have got to find something here. They could do with

:58:12.:58:17.

some allies to come through and help with the work. Mark

:58:17.:58:20.

Cavendish's gold medal chances are slipping away on the approach to

:58:20.:58:26.

the finish. This is Bradley Wiggins. This is earlier than they would

:58:26.:58:31.

have wanted to be used, but they have got to do the job. His time-

:58:32.:58:37.

trial ability is going to be tested to the fault. The German team are

:58:37.:58:42.

starting to contribute now, but it might be too late. They are going

:58:42.:58:47.

to have to drive flat out now. You have got to be there for the sprint

:58:47.:58:54.

in the first place. You certainly have. Just look at the way that

:58:54.:59:01.

long, thin line has formed. The crowd are loving it. They are

:59:01.:59:05.

getting the British team as much support as they can, but is it

:59:05.:59:15.
:59:15.:59:18.

Froome, actually. I'm surprised we haven't seen more work from him.

:59:18.:59:23.

He's decided that it bore the day. A generous round of applause at the

:59:23.:59:29.

finishing straight. It is job done for Chris Froome but he's a strong

:59:29.:59:34.

man to lose. We are down to three men now to help Mark Cavendish.

:59:34.:59:39.

Only three riders to help him now and look up the pace at the front.

:59:39.:59:43.

Switzerland right at the front, beginning to raise the tempo.

:59:43.:59:50.

have got a great opportunity, with a group like this, Fabien

:59:50.:59:58.

Cantillaro, he can sprint well. We are starting to see some fractures

:59:58.:00:02.

in this group. They are starting to think about the finish. It could be

:00:02.:00:12.
:00:12.:00:23.

are the favourites. Slipping back into the group now. It is there one

:00:23.:00:28.

minute now, Chris. This is very, very bad. Great Britain are, with

:00:28.:00:36.

one rider down, from the chasing squad. He wants to save his legs

:00:36.:00:40.

for the sprint, Chris Froome, so there is only three men now to help

:00:40.:00:45.

Mark Cavendish. They have to lay down now. It's all about closing

:00:45.:00:55.
:00:55.:01:22.

this gap. It's a quality group. No solid sprinter. They all have a

:01:22.:01:27.

chance. He will be after a medal as well. I don't think he's got quite

:01:27.:01:37.

the speed. Philip Gill but I feel sure he won't be better spent after

:01:37.:01:43.

the efforts he has made in this race -- Philip Gilbert. I remember

:01:43.:01:49.

him in Sydney. They realise the danger and are getting involved now.

:01:49.:01:55.

It really is close now. They are not making any inroads and indeed

:01:55.:01:59.

every metre of road to tried to close the gap. Bradley Wiggins

:01:59.:02:03.

involved in the chase now. We thought he might stop and save his

:02:03.:02:07.

legs for the time trial but has laid it all down for Mark Cavendish,

:02:07.:02:14.

for this road race. Let's hope it's a sacrifice which is not in vain.

:02:14.:02:17.

Such a blistering pace that front, and nobody is coming through and

:02:17.:02:21.

they have got to come through and start working out. Belgium are

:02:22.:02:27.

there but they don't need to contribute. They will look after

:02:27.:02:35.

the interests of the Belgians who are clear. The gap is a 57 seconds,

:02:35.:02:40.

so it has come down a little bit. It was just over one minute, but

:02:40.:02:44.

that's not enough. They will start to mess around at the front as they

:02:44.:02:54.
:02:54.:02:57.

go for the victory. Over 30 riders, 33, as our camera pans out, we're

:02:57.:03:01.

almost praying our time checks are correct because that's a big, big

:03:01.:03:05.

gap with less than 20 kilometres left to raise now. They go past

:03:05.:03:09.

Hampton Court. A glorious shot at Hampton Court Palace, the scene of

:03:09.:03:14.

the action for the men's and women's time-trial next Wednesday.

:03:14.:03:19.

Spain here doing the driving. 55 seconds, it has come back another

:03:19.:03:25.

three seconds, so they are nibbling away all the time. 23 kilometres to

:03:25.:03:32.

go. They have got a 3.5 Extra: it has to try to close this gap. It

:03:32.:03:38.

really is going to be difficult. As they start to think about attacking,

:03:38.:03:45.

but will drop her speed but their speed and give an opportunity to

:03:45.:03:49.

the riders behind to close up. A sizable gap but there were

:03:49.:03:56.

relatively small distance remaining. The Russian is also in this group,

:03:56.:04:02.

the bronze medal winner in Beijing. He's very powerful in the finishing

:04:02.:04:06.

charge. Several people all other similar sprinting ability, road

:04:06.:04:12.

riders, hard men, not top sprinters but good in groups. There are

:04:13.:04:15.

several of them who could take this race. The British team cannot bring

:04:16.:04:21.

it back. That's exactly what they are trying to do. Driving is hard

:04:21.:04:26.

as they can. They controlled this raised all day, just four guys have

:04:26.:04:30.

managed to keep this race as close as it is now, and for the rest of

:04:30.:04:36.

the world, they are somewhat taken aback by the work the two British

:04:36.:04:39.

riders did in the Tour de France and at last year's world

:04:40.:04:44.

championship. They are placed too much confidence in a British team.

:04:44.:04:54.

They have let them to it. That bluff might end up not working out.

:04:54.:05:02.

Grabsch is still there. They need to drive through. Mark Cavendish is

:05:03.:05:12.
:05:13.:05:19.

on front, number 13. No, Arts still do it. One big injection of

:05:19.:05:29.
:05:29.:05:32.

pace. Austria are now getting involved as well. Daniel Schorn. Is

:05:32.:05:42.
:05:42.:05:50.

there's a thing for him to do. If he tries to help, he will have

:05:50.:05:55.

nothing left for the Sprint and then it will be in vain. So many

:05:55.:06:02.

Union Jacks on the Fabian Cancellara. -- so many Union Jacks

:06:02.:06:12.
:06:12.:06:12.

on The Mall. Was that the capture of one of the big sprinters of

:06:13.:06:20.

Germany, as is Andre Greipel, and it looks like he will come to the

:06:20.:06:25.

front to try to raise the pace. They need to do it soon. I feel a

:06:26.:06:28.

lot of people are waiting for a sprint and if they don't commit

:06:28.:06:33.

themselves now there won't be one. There is no point saving lead out

:06:33.:06:37.

men to come in in third or 4th position. There certainly isn't.

:06:37.:06:41.

Once again Great Britain on the front powering along trying to lift

:06:41.:06:46.

the tempo a little bit more. Ian Stannard again on the front. As

:06:46.:06:52.

strong as he is, he cannot do this alone. Everyone is leaving him

:06:52.:06:57.

alone at the front to do this work. They need half a dozen riders

:06:57.:07:00.

driving through giving everything they have got in these final

:07:00.:07:05.

kilometres. Yes, Iain Stannard with his race face on their, grimacing

:07:05.:07:09.

and gritting his teeth. Is under so much pressure as he tries to help

:07:09.:07:14.

the British team along the front. He's trying to pull the leading

:07:14.:07:20.

group back to no avail. Well, the Swiss are driving here and now they

:07:20.:07:27.

have their opportunity. Fabien Cantillaro, will hear attack? Will

:07:27.:07:32.

he wait for the sprint? We don't know. The last few metres are going

:07:32.:07:36.

to be electrifying. So Spain have three men in this group and that is

:07:36.:07:42.

a first class situation. O'Grady is still in there. He has been away at

:07:42.:07:46.

the front of the race ever since the first 20 kilometres when he

:07:46.:07:52.

instigated the first move of the race. He's not too comfortable on

:07:52.:07:56.

the wheels. We saw him shaking his muscles out 100 kilometres to go

:07:56.:08:02.

now. He doesn't do any responsibility to ride here. If he

:08:02.:08:08.

can find opportunity, well, he will take it. Then Stuart O'Grady can

:08:08.:08:16.

take advantage. The commentary team beside us realise they have gone in

:08:16.:08:24.

trouble as well here. About 22 minutes of racing at this speed to

:08:24.:08:29.

go. This Olympic road race. There's all to play for. 51 seconds, the

:08:29.:08:35.

gap, so it's coming down. It is still possible, isn't it? They are

:08:35.:08:43.

coming up to Richmond Park. It's coming down but achingly slow. Its

:08:43.:08:51.

15 seconds of that time when they start to mess around. That will be

:08:51.:08:56.

there to close, at least 30 seconds now. Dear, dear, this is nail-

:08:56.:09:00.

biting stuff, isn't it? Great Britain on the front, Germany,

:09:00.:09:07.

second, Great Britain third, Germany, 4th. It's a mix of the two

:09:07.:09:11.

most powerful squads would this printers. Bradley Wiggins at the

:09:11.:09:17.

front driving. He has to do it now. He can't save it. At the world

:09:17.:09:22.

championship last year, he lasted until last, an aide, to turn up.

:09:22.:09:25.

Mark Cavendish on the final bend, but he won't be able to do that

:09:25.:09:30.

this year. He is the person who's got to use his ability now. He's

:09:30.:09:34.

got the gold medal to race for on Wednesday and this will not help

:09:34.:09:39.

his chances in that event. If he manages to pull this off, well, he

:09:39.:09:49.
:09:49.:09:53.

will owe Bradley Wiggins a rather ticking away, the distance to the

:09:53.:09:56.

finish. The distance between these groups, as we switch to a

:09:56.:10:00.

helicopter shot, it shows us the actual beautiful countryside which

:10:00.:10:07.

Cwm-parc. I was filming here yesterday. -- Richmond Park.

:10:07.:10:12.

certainly is beautiful, scenic, and is providing us with a perfect

:10:12.:10:17.

arena for the closing stages here of the Olympic Games road race, and

:10:17.:10:21.

to the two groups are slugging it out. There has been an attack at

:10:21.:10:26.

the front. Why they are roaring, I don't know, because not all Great

:10:26.:10:33.

Britain. A rider has gone away here, and I think he's from Norway. He

:10:33.:10:39.

could be the lone leader here trying to go away. There's an awful

:10:39.:10:49.
:10:49.:10:58.

the final climb. Clearly, his form is absolutely fantastic. He must

:10:58.:11:03.

have a lot of confidence to go this far out. 20 kilometres to go with

:11:03.:11:08.

the group behind you, there's an awful lot to do. Why didn't he wait

:11:08.:11:12.

a bit longer? And then spring a surprise? He is being pulled back

:11:12.:11:17.

now by the rest of the riders. He has had some good performances, to

:11:17.:11:23.

his credit, over the years. And it looks as if he's going to get swept

:11:23.:11:28.

up here. Is about we pulled back but it was a valiant effort and it

:11:28.:11:33.

certainly put the rest on the back foot. It's the right thing to do

:11:33.:11:43.

but unfortunate, at the wrong time. A former silver medal or. --

:11:43.:11:53.

meddler. Is it pretty tough at this stage? No, it isn't. It is pretty

:11:53.:11:58.

much flat all the way back. The roads get bigger and bigger as they

:11:58.:12:02.

come out of the park. Up nothing they can't cope with. No problem at

:12:02.:12:08.

all. Literally, this flat is all they have got between this and The

:12:08.:12:15.

Mall. It is go and to be close now. We desperately need another time

:12:15.:12:18.

check now for the Bradley Wiggins and Ian Stannard were closing this

:12:18.:12:28.

gap but were they doing enough? The gap is more than 30 seconds. The

:12:28.:12:33.

impetus has gone out. What is happening here, instead of a long

:12:33.:12:37.

thin are working line, they are bunching up a little bit. But the

:12:37.:12:40.

perfect scenario for Great Britain because riders are looking at each

:12:40.:12:45.

other to say, I'm not going to carry on, help me. That could be

:12:45.:12:49.

done to the advantage of Great Britain. Already coming to the

:12:49.:12:54.

front now is the rider from the Netherlands. He things, we are not

:12:54.:13:00.

going to lose this. He is now beginning to raise the tempo.

:13:00.:13:05.

has cost them dearly. That was probably 10-15 seconds they have

:13:05.:13:09.

lost, a precious advantage, while they looked at it to that. Yes, you

:13:10.:13:14.

want to win the Olympic road race, and yes, you want to use tactics

:13:14.:13:19.

but it's way too early. This 17 kilometres to go and it's too early.

:13:19.:13:25.

If they start to do that now, for sure, they will not stay awake.

:13:25.:13:29.

1972, the Netherlands were victorious there. That was in

:13:29.:13:39.
:13:39.:13:45.

the front. A strong man. He's trying to kick the impetus here in

:13:45.:13:48.

the group. Conches other fact, every time they he's back, he's

:13:48.:13:55.

going to lose out. -- conscious of the fact. Well, there was a crash

:13:55.:13:59.

there! Some body has gone into the barriers. We will get another look

:13:59.:14:04.

at that, I hope. What a thing to happen. How many of the papers were

:14:04.:14:09.

involved there? Gilbert was not involved. He missed out on the

:14:09.:14:14.

crash. They are not sure what to do. They are going to carry on riding.

:14:14.:14:20.

I think they have no choice at this stage. It's not the Tour de France

:14:20.:14:22.

were you wait for will come Patriots to have issues, because if

:14:22.:14:26.

you wait for them now, you may as well not bother because the peloton

:14:26.:14:34.

has almost upon you. Has that lost them more time? Italy are going

:14:34.:14:41.

away. Is it Russia? The colours of Russia and Italy are very similar.

:14:41.:14:51.
:14:51.:14:58.

Italy are in the next year. They taking this opportunity, but it is

:14:58.:15:04.

not going to happen. They are already starting to chase behind.

:15:04.:15:13.

think it is a rider from Norway. Didn't he go down questing Mikey

:15:13.:15:17.

overran the corner and went straight into the barriers. I think

:15:17.:15:26.

it was an Italian. A momentary loss of concentration. We are being told

:15:26.:15:33.

it was Fabian Cancellara. Surely not. He is a superb bike handler.

:15:33.:15:38.

Maybe he had a problem with a puncture. That would be devastating

:15:38.:15:45.

for them. He was their big hope. And it was. And he is holding his

:15:45.:15:51.

arm. He has definitely hurt himself. One of the big favourites has gone

:15:51.:15:56.

out. This is exactly what happened in the world championships 12

:15:56.:16:01.

months ago and he crashed there and was forced down into the bronze

:16:01.:16:07.

medal position. He has had a serious injury to his right arm.

:16:07.:16:11.

This is the Olympic Games, but I think it is fair to say he is out

:16:11.:16:16.

of this race. Possibly the favourite rider in that group. He

:16:16.:16:22.

is being passed by the peloton, so they are not far behind. I think

:16:22.:16:26.

that is David Mellor on the group driving them at the front. He is

:16:26.:16:32.

nicely placed. That was a back wheel slide and a front wheel slide.

:16:32.:16:37.

He goes down very hard into the barrier. That could be the end of

:16:37.:16:42.

his chances for the time-trial on Wednesday as well. That was a

:16:42.:16:47.

terrible crash for him. Looking at the possibility of an Olympic medal

:16:47.:16:52.

in the road race and to be taken out by such men so unnecessary. He

:16:52.:16:55.

locked the back wheel and over- compensated with the front wheel

:16:55.:17:01.

and was too far into the corner to recover that one. Once your front

:17:01.:17:06.

wheel goes, that is it. That has whittled down this front group and

:17:06.:17:11.

that will change the course of the race. Would you believe it, the

:17:11.:17:18.

luck changes with every pedal revolution of this race. Still

:17:18.:17:26.

plenty of Fridays there. We will try and confirm to you who is in it.

:17:26.:17:36.

Fabian Cancellara very upset. confirm Sanchez and Valverde are

:17:36.:17:46.
:17:46.:17:49.

there. Power Lee of Italy is there. Philippe Gilbert is still up there.

:17:50.:17:59.

Stuart O'Grady is still in there as well, of Australia. There might be

:17:59.:18:04.

the rider from Uzbekistan. I am sorry we cannot be more positive,

:18:04.:18:10.

but we are getting very little information. This is the most

:18:10.:18:15.

important break away in the last four years and we need a time check.

:18:15.:18:20.

We need to see pictures of the race ahead. What is the gap between

:18:20.:18:25.

these two groups. We have seen Bradley Wiggins driving on the

:18:25.:18:30.

front. Surely it is coming down. We have seen Ian Stannard pouring his

:18:30.:18:35.

heart out to bring it back. The crash would have taken the impetus

:18:35.:18:44.

out of the break. We can only assume it has got to be close.

:18:44.:18:50.

kilometres of racing, that is six miles to go. If they do not give us

:18:50.:18:55.

eight-times split, it is as nerve- racking to us as well. They are

:18:55.:19:02.

approaching Putney High Street. Then they will be coming over

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Putney Bridge for the final time. Just 12 minutes of racing left in

:19:09.:19:15.

this Olympic road race. It is still all for grabs. We have to believe

:19:15.:19:19.

that the work the GB team has put in all day, they have written their

:19:19.:19:27.

heart out for Mark Cavendish, surely it is going to be close now?

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I thought that was the same corner! They have got to be close now. I

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have got to believe, we have not seen that time check. It is 56

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seconds. It is still the same time. If that is the case, then the

:19:46.:19:51.

leader will come from this front group. If that is the gap, then the

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race is over it. A lot of work being put in by Bradley Wiggins.

:19:58.:20:02.

That is the first time we have seen him in the race and he has a

:20:02.:20:08.

problem. There is a gasp in the stands behind us. Which group is he

:20:08.:20:15.

in? Is he in the group that is chasing? I think he was in the lead

:20:15.:20:22.

group. If that is the case, he will be chasing to get into that group.

:20:22.:20:26.

The winner will come from this group. Unless they start doing

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theirs. If they start to mess around now, they could lose all the

:20:32.:20:38.

advantage. This is a big attack, the kind of conclusion we expect

:20:38.:20:48.
:20:48.:20:49.

from this race. That is an attack from Denmark. That was a good move,

:20:49.:20:59.
:20:59.:20:59.

but straight away it has been regulated. Third from the front is

:20:59.:21:06.

the Kazakhstan rider, he is in the mix here as well. They sweep around

:21:06.:21:11.

these corners and the race has lost two serious players. Look at this

:21:11.:21:19.

for an attack on the leg. A downhill attack. Full of confidence.

:21:19.:21:25.

It looks like an attack from New Zealand. In fact, I think that is

:21:25.:21:35.
:21:35.:21:35.

the Russian Kolobnev. Those two are going away beautifully. This race

:21:35.:21:40.

is going to come down to chicken and a bit of flak because there are

:21:40.:21:44.

going to be so many attacks you cannot follow all of them. Only one

:21:44.:21:52.

of them is going to get some leeway. When the group behind fault has

:21:52.:21:55.

momentarily and the gap is established, somebody has got to

:21:55.:22:02.

commit to chase. This is a good move. Seven kilometres remaining

:22:02.:22:06.

bust up these two have got to form a temporary alliance. They have got

:22:06.:22:12.

to work together if they want to see the attack. They have got

:22:12.:22:17.

enough to yo-yo a little bit. They can afford to withstand some of the

:22:17.:22:22.

attacks behind, but they cannot take any pressure off. This is

:22:22.:22:32.
:22:32.:22:40.

their opportunity will start the Colombian is clear. I do not know

:22:40.:22:45.

too much about his sprinting ability. They are starting to look

:22:45.:22:52.

behind and that is the wrong thing to do. They have got a gap off four

:22:52.:22:56.

seconds and that is significant with seven kilometres to go. They

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can do it if they work together and fully commit, but if they start to

:23:00.:23:10.
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look at each other, it is not going to happen. That really is a great

:23:14.:23:19.

move. We come back to the peloton desperately trying to get back on

:23:19.:23:23.

terms, but I fear it might be too late. They are doing everything

:23:23.:23:33.
:23:33.:23:45.

they possibly can. These two are cannot recall a medal of any colour,

:23:45.:23:54.

Surrey I can, he got sulphur in Sydney. The caption confirming who

:23:54.:24:04.
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these two are. -- silver. Kazakhstan rider will be happy if

:24:08.:24:14.

he gets a medal in theirs. They have got to establish that break if

:24:14.:24:24.
:24:24.:24:28.

they want to take the prize. Fully committed. Bradley Wiggins worked

:24:28.:24:35.

incredibly hard for his team, did everything that he can. He is spent,

:24:35.:24:40.

that is his job done. We will see him on Wednesday on the Olympic

:24:40.:24:47.

time-trial. Hopefully this has not dented his form for that event.

:24:47.:24:57.
:24:57.:25:00.

is Colombia verses Kazakhstan for the gold and silver medal. Just a

:25:00.:25:05.

handful of moments to go in this race. They have still got a slender

:25:05.:25:13.

advantage. Maybe two seconds ended with just a few kilometres

:25:13.:25:18.

remaining. They are working well together. If they start to think

:25:18.:25:26.

about the race for themselves, surely it is all over? Yes, this is

:25:26.:25:36.
:25:36.:25:47.

the better sprinter of these two. Those behind have still not given

:25:47.:25:51.

up, and they are trying to work hard for Mark Cavendish, but there

:25:51.:25:57.

is no let up in front. I cannot believe they can come back now, not

:25:57.:26:05.

after the last time check of over 50 seconds. It is beginning to look

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promising for them. We are waiting to see if there is going to be a

:26:11.:26:20.

reaction from the front. It is a rider from Kazakhstan and a

:26:20.:26:24.

Colombian. At the moment they are going to contest the gold and

:26:24.:26:34.
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silver medals. They are heading towards Brompton Road. The final

:26:35.:26:38.

kilometre will bring them on to Constitution Hill. Another attack,

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there are some tired legs in this group. But the sad news is that

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Great Britain team are going to miss out. They are not going to be

:26:49.:26:54.

in with a chance of a medal. Everybody else was expecting them

:26:54.:27:00.

to do all the work and left it to them. It was not going to be. There

:27:00.:27:05.

was too much work for them to do it. They are still trying as hard as

:27:05.:27:11.

they can to bring this end. This is Ian Stannard still on the front

:27:11.:27:16.

driving away. Even though we do not know what they that is, just the

:27:16.:27:20.

fact we cannot see them, six kilometres from the finish, surely

:27:20.:27:26.

that means the chance has gone now. They cannot bring that grew back.

:27:26.:27:32.

After all that work and they controlled the race, probably apart

:27:32.:27:35.

from the last three-quarters of an hour, and they have not been able

:27:35.:27:41.

to pull that grew back. They still continue to work hard, but here are

:27:41.:27:46.

the two leaders. The finishing sprint is not going to be far away

:27:46.:27:50.

now. That gap has increased significantly and that is a nice

:27:50.:27:56.

advantage. It is up to them now to be honest. Are they prepared to

:27:56.:28:00.

keep working and to keep going? If they start to think about waiting

:28:00.:28:10.
:28:10.:28:13.

for a sprinter, it will all be over. They have got to commit themselves.

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The silver medal-winner from Sydney versus the Colombian. This is going

:28:22.:28:32.
:28:32.:28:57.

have seen no British rider involved in the chase on the front. They are

:28:57.:29:01.

just coming towards the end of Brompton Road and heading towards

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an Knightsbridge, that exclusive shopping area. Then it will be

:29:07.:29:17.
:29:17.:29:20.

Wellington Place and Constitution will slug it out for gold and civil.

:29:20.:29:27.

Colombia verses Kazakhstan. -- silver. On a run in like this, it's

:29:27.:29:33.

down to chance. It's just a question of which one gets enough

:29:33.:29:43.
:29:43.:29:55.

of a gap to stay away. These two, a looks across to say, who is going

:29:55.:30:03.

to get this? The element of surprise at the moment. We're into

:30:03.:30:08.

the closing stages and we have flags across our camera shots. A

:30:08.:30:11.

glorious shot their of Buckingham Palace as they come through the

:30:11.:30:16.

final 500-metre mark. They will be lined up for the finishing run to

:30:16.:30:22.

the line. They now move into the finishing straight. They can see

:30:23.:30:30.

began tree ahead of them. Who is going to get it? -- the country

:30:30.:30:40.
:30:40.:30:43.

he has got the front position. He's powering on to what will be the

:30:43.:30:48.

gold medal. Kazakhstan, they will take the gold medal. He is the

:30:48.:30:54.

Olympic champion. Here comes the cavalry charge behind for the

:30:54.:31:03.

bronze medal. It is Spain at now and the Netherlands got the bronze

:31:03.:31:07.

medal and we will confirm the name of the bronze medal winner when we

:31:07.:31:17.
:31:17.:31:18.

get the caption of that but the gold medal has gone to Kazakhstan.

:31:18.:31:25.

Mark Cavendish on the far side looking to finish. They come up to

:31:25.:31:29.

the line, here they go, powering up to the line and across the blind

:31:29.:31:36.

first, it looks like they finish in 4th position. Great Britain worked

:31:36.:31:45.

so hard but it just slipped away in the closing stages. Here is the man

:31:45.:31:53.

who was a silver medal but Le -- silver medal-winner in Sydney.

:31:53.:32:03.
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It really, really was. He can't believe it. He got four per place

:32:09.:32:12.

on the Tour de France. He desperately wanted to get a stage

:32:12.:32:21.

but it did not happen for him. He's almost retired. To finish off with

:32:21.:32:26.

an Olympic gold medal, well, if you're going to retire, now is the

:32:26.:32:33.

time to do it. Mark Cavendish Road all day. A fantastic ride by him up

:32:33.:32:40.

to get himself in shape but he blew it there by leading the work all

:32:40.:32:45.

the way to the British team. He has threatened retirement for so many

:32:45.:32:49.

seasons and a terrible crash in the Tour de France and he broke his leg,

:32:49.:32:54.

actually, and was out of competition, but he's come back and

:32:54.:32:58.

used his power and strength to win a gold medal. There is Bradley

:32:58.:33:03.

Wiggins, so near and yet so far. A phenomenal effort by the team, but

:33:03.:33:08.

it slipped away in the last hour. Everything else, after last week,

:33:08.:33:12.

the rest of the world will be relieved Britain is not winning

:33:12.:33:18.

absolutely everything. They are saying the bronze medal has been

:33:18.:33:25.

awarded to Christophe of Norway. I'm not sure I agree with that.

:33:25.:33:32.

They say he has won the bronze medal. As Pakistan, 4th. O'Grady,

:33:32.:33:42.
:33:42.:33:43.

5th. We forgot that he was printing further back. Andre Greipel. Stuart

:33:43.:33:47.

O'Grady, fifth-place. I can't believe he can still compete at

:33:47.:33:52.

this level in competition. Jill Douglas straight in to get into

:33:52.:33:56.

these. Hopefully we will get that to you in the next few minutes.

:33:56.:34:04.

Here is where it happened, that attack. A handful of, it's as ago.

:34:04.:34:09.

But small hesitation was all that they needed. A look over the

:34:09.:34:13.

shoulder, who is going to chase? Suddenly they had 20 minutes and

:34:13.:34:21.

they were not going to the reached. They got their head down and got

:34:21.:34:26.

that gap. This is where the Colombian lost it. He looked over

:34:26.:34:31.

his left shoulder. He saw him looking the wrong way, jumped clear

:34:31.:34:37.

and that was an advantage for the gold medal winner. You can see by

:34:37.:34:43.

the amount he was distance there, he'd already had a huge hesitation.

:34:43.:34:48.

I don't think he had the power. goes one better than it did in

:34:48.:34:56.

Sydney and gets the gold medal here. The Colombian gets the silver.

:34:56.:35:03.

don't think he has won a race this year. It's not a bad one to win, is

:35:03.:35:10.

it? In our excitement, we said Andre Greipel was 4th but that was

:35:10.:35:14.

not the case because it was Christophe of Norway who was

:35:14.:35:20.

confirmed as the bronze medal winner. Andre Greipel was the first

:35:20.:35:26.

home in the posse of riders behind who was chasing them down. A nice

:35:26.:35:36.
:35:36.:35:39.

victory salute. 26th place, in fact, Andre Greipel. There we are. A

:35:39.:35:41.

lovely shot balls of the gold medal winner of the men's Olympic Games

:35:41.:35:51.
:35:51.:35:52.

What a moment for Alexander and for Kazakhstan and you could see the

:35:52.:35:57.

emotion after he crossed the line. Its day one of the Olympics and is

:35:57.:36:00.

not the first person we've seen in tears. They could be some tears

:36:00.:36:05.

from Mark Cavendish this evening. Four years ago, he was the only

:36:05.:36:09.

track cyclist not to pick up a medal at the Games and the team had

:36:09.:36:13.

spent the last two years gearing up for today, and have been up and

:36:13.:36:17.

down that hill. Mark Cavendish said he's been up and down that hill 20

:36:17.:36:22.

times. The aim was to get Mark Cavendish to the finish so he its

:36:22.:36:26.

print for gold but sadly it was not to be. Real exhausting be sought

:36:27.:36:30.

including from Bradley Wiggins and now has to race on Wednesday in the

:36:30.:36:34.

time-trial. We should your frustration but there was not

:36:35.:36:38.

enough information on screen about the peloton attack and the leaders,

:36:38.:36:45.

so I do apologise for that but it was out of our control. There was a

:36:45.:36:49.

chance today to raise for gold in the Olympics and this is a man who

:36:49.:36:52.

has thought long and hard about retiring in the past couple of

:36:52.:36:56.

seasons. How happy he will be that he didn't. We saw in there with

:36:56.:37:03.

Jill Douglas. Let's hear what he had to say. Congratulations. This

:37:04.:37:07.

was not may be what the British public wanted but a fantastic

:37:07.:37:12.

victory for you. How does this one rate in your long career?

:37:12.:37:22.
:37:22.:37:30.

Unbelievable. Yes, I'm tired. OK, today's race was unbelievable.

:37:30.:37:40.
:37:40.:37:49.

Dangerous. OK, I followed the group and then attacked on the sprint. It

:37:49.:37:59.
:37:59.:37:59.

was hot. A victory at the finish of my career. It felt like everybody

:37:59.:38:09.
:38:09.:38:12.

was writing against Great Britain today. Yes. OK, no chance. It was

:38:12.:38:17.

quite aware all the way through a race that Team GB were left to

:38:17.:38:20.

their own devices and nobody wanted Mark Cavendish at the end because,

:38:20.:38:27.

in a sprint, he is deadly. He was not there but this man was. I don't

:38:27.:38:32.

blame him for telling Jill Douglas he was tired. He was in the saddle

:38:32.:38:38.

for five hours and 45 minutes. Tanni Grey Thompson was there and

:38:38.:38:42.

we'll be there for the women's race tomorrow. Give us some kind of

:38:42.:38:47.

sense of the atmosphere down there. We have seen a very popular winner

:38:47.:38:53.

but fair disappointment as well. mixed reaction now. There's

:38:53.:38:57.

thousands of people, everybody is elbowing their way to get to the

:38:57.:39:00.

front and you can tell how much British support there was. There

:39:00.:39:04.

was a big screen behind us and are sinners there was the final shot

:39:04.:39:08.

Bradley Wiggins, there was a massive cheer from the crowd. It's

:39:08.:39:13.

been amazing, a very exciting race. There is a sense of disappointment

:39:13.:39:17.

because, I think we were expecting Mark Cavendish to win. Even when

:39:17.:39:22.

the gap got to six minutes, nobody was panicking. But they just left

:39:22.:39:26.

the British guys to do all the work and nobody was going to help him to

:39:26.:39:31.

the gold medal. One thing we must mention about Mark Cavendish, the

:39:32.:39:36.

Games have been so good to you. For Mark, they had been so cruel,

:39:36.:39:40.

haven't they? He struggled so much in Beijing leaving without a medal

:39:40.:39:44.

and the same today. There doesn't seem to be a love affair between

:39:44.:39:48.

him and the Olympic movement. very hard and it doesn't make it

:39:48.:39:52.

any better when you say these things sometimes happen. It was

:39:52.:39:56.

very hard in Beijing, the only guide to come back without a medal.

:39:56.:40:00.

I think also, with the world championships last year, the rest

:40:00.:40:03.

of the world was watching how the British performed in the Tour. They

:40:03.:40:08.

knew that the weakness was actually just to leave them to do all the

:40:08.:40:12.

work. There was a tiny bit of help from Tony Martin in the German team.

:40:12.:40:19.

They had Andre Greipel, who they want to get to the finish line so

:40:19.:40:23.

it was down to the boys. Ian Stannard was great, Chris Froome,

:40:23.:40:30.

Bradley Wiggins, but they needed more guys to help mark. We must say

:40:30.:40:35.

congratulations to Alexander. The good news is, your top has

:40:35.:40:40.

brightened up everybody's mood. We will see you tomorrow. A thank

:40:40.:40:45.

you very much. What a strange race that was in many ways and the drama

:40:45.:40:49.

is part of a busy day one as the Games begin right across the

:40:49.:40:59.

country. As we have seen, two years in the planning, not even the

:40:59.:41:03.

presence of the winner of the Tour de France could propel him to glory.

:41:03.:41:10.

Well done Kazakhstan. Well-earned and well deserved gold Medal. It's

:41:10.:41:15.

been a busy day in the pool as well. Hannah Miley is a plea through to

:41:15.:41:17.

the final of the 400 metres individual medley. The Commonwealth

:41:17.:41:26.

champion will be trying to get an Olympic medal at 8:10pm tonight.

:41:26.:41:29.

American Michael Phelps, the eight fastest in qualifying for the final

:41:29.:41:35.

of 400 metres. He will be in the outside lane for tonight's final

:41:35.:41:41.

and his rival is the great Ryan Lochte. It's also been a good day

:41:41.:41:44.

for Britain's gymnasts. Chris Thomas pleads the qualifying for

:41:44.:41:49.

Team GB ahead of the Olympic champions, China, and that is no

:41:49.:41:57.

mean feat. Sadly be can be pure gold medal but

:41:57.:42:07.
:42:07.:42:17.

we can bring you Sue Barker. How A Sue Barker has turned up and is

:42:17.:42:20.

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:42:20.:42:25.

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Apologies there, filling the gap of me when you want to speak to Sue

:44:09.:44:18.

Barker. Good afternoon. The I'm only joking! But also to

:44:18.:44:22.

disappointment, wasn't it, with Mark Cavendish? It is interesting

:44:22.:44:25.

at the end, listening about the team tactics and I guess that's

:44:25.:44:29.

what happens when you are the world champion and the best sprinter,...

:44:30.:44:33.

Quite right. Chris Boardman the efforts of the biggest problem for

:44:33.:44:37.

Mark Cavendish is his reputation. Every cyclist want to get to the

:44:37.:44:43.

end without Mark Cavendish near them and their tactics worked under

:44:43.:44:49.

managed to put down Team GB but we go again in the women's. Nicole and

:44:49.:44:53.

Liz the tomorrow. Are they the ones they are going to be... In it's

:44:53.:44:57.

hard to know. She did amazingly well in Beijing and Lizzie

:44:57.:45:02.

Armistead has come through for the women. We will wait and see but the

:45:02.:45:06.

smart money is definitely on Lizzie Armistead and she will look for the

:45:06.:45:11.

team, including Nicole, to support her. Great scenes on the road.

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Well done to the crowds. Good luck this afternoon. Now the microphone

:45:20.:45:24.

is working, we are heading to Wimbledon. We were there about

:45:24.:45:28.

three weeks ago but it is a whole new look at Wimbledon this year.

:45:28.:45:33.

Yes, coloured clothing on Centre Court, all different colours. Big

:45:33.:45:37.

crowds as well. A whole different ball game than it was three weeks

:45:37.:45:47.

ago. We have this much, Roger Federer against Alexander Faurlin.

:45:47.:45:57.
:45:57.:45:57.

-- against Falla. He will not be But join John Lloyd and Andrew

:45:57.:46:07.
:46:07.:46:08.

Cassell. COMMENTATOR: Welcome To the Centre

:46:08.:46:10.

Court scheduled featuring Serena Williams and Tomas Berdych. Now,

:46:10.:46:20.
:46:20.:46:33.

Roger Federer, against Falla, from Centre Court has witnessed this

:46:33.:46:38.

match before, in 2010, the first round of the championships. Roger

:46:38.:46:46.

FED are what was defending champion, two sets down and Falla served for

:46:46.:46:56.
:46:56.:47:21.

UMPIRE: Roger Federer is challenging the call. The court is

:47:21.:47:25.

differently dressed up and we have become used to. So are the players.

:47:25.:47:30.

They can wear coloured shirts, red for Switzerland, yellow for

:47:30.:47:37.

Colombia. But much of the technology remains the same,

:47:37.:47:47.
:47:47.:47:47.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

:47:47.:48:30.

The first set was 6-3 to Federer. A tough draw for Federer, isn't it?

:48:30.:48:34.

It has been a quality match. Federer came up here and from the

:48:34.:48:38.

beginning was on the top of his game and had to be. That first set,

:48:38.:48:44.

6-3, was closer than the score indicates. Would it not be in the

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best-of-five sets, this is a big difference, it is the best of three.

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Lesser ranked players will feel they have a better chance against

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That first set, we saw Federer picked three 4-4 shops that no

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other player in the world could make, and he made them. The crowd

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But he had a difficult player to play against, is Falla. He gets a

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high percentage of first serves in, 82% in the first set. He has been

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This has been a fun match to watch Almost a controlled this hit, that,

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A break of serve, Federer is in control of this match, up one set

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There was a lot of surprise when tennis was readmitted to the

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Olympic family as a full medal sport in 1988. It sold, in 1984 it

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had been a demonstration sport. But it is not as though tennis did not

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have an Olympic pedigree. It was a part of the first modern Games in

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1896 and all the way through 1924. This is the 14th time tennis has

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been a medal event at the Olympic Games and it has been in London

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before, in Wimbledon, in 1908. It was held at Queen's Club, indoors,

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and on the grass at Wimbledon because Wimbledon had not moved to

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this part until 1922. So it has A lot of people did not think, they

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were sceptical about whether tennis would fit these professionals who

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are so celebrated and endorsed and sponsored but they are perfectly

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happy to play for their countries He has not got the most powerful

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serve in the world, but he is UMPIRE: Mr Falla is challenging the

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call. A There is two were reasons he will have challenged that, he

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will have looked at Federer's reaction. And the field, off his

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own racket. It was correct. A 64 draw in there men's and women's

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We saw two exquisite forehand drops in the first set, now here is the

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That is just what he was doing throughout the championships at

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Wimbledon, earlier on this month, finishing on July 8th of course

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against Britain's Andy Murray, where he lost the first set and

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produced a bit of genius at the end of the second set and that turned

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the match around. He must have loved it, when he heard it was

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going to be at Wimbledon on the grass, he must have just gone, yes!

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Here is my entry for! Seven times the Wimbledon champion. And one

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game a plate -- away from the again It is an amazing example of

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imagination and then the scale -- a skill. He was asked the other way -

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- he was asked the other day who was the biggest star in the world

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of sport at the Olympics and he said, not me. He is perfectly happy

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So sustained brilliance and firepower from the world No. One

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and top seed here at the Olympic tennis event. It has been a great

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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Now, but is well played by the Colombian. He did the right thing.

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He got his first serve in, swung it wide enough. Just offered that

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element of surprise. That is what . Credit where it is due. Five

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straight points MAP -- five straight points in a row. Well done

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to him, it keeps it going for the Centre Court crowd here. Capacity

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14,000 as opposed to 15,000 for the championships, due to camera

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positions and furniture changes around but Centre Court is all

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dressed up like we have never seen it before and full of colour.

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Primrose yellow for the Colombians. That fiery red for the world No.

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One, who has now been at the top of the world rankings longer than

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anybody else, including Pete Sampras, who he has just overtaken.

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There is very few records that have not fallen to him. He must be

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annoying for some of these players who have these records, Jimmy

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Connors, Pete Sampras, they must, deep down, hated. I am sure they

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don't really! He does not retire, he does not get injured. It is a

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Roger Federer will sever for a place in the second round in the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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Seen a few of those slips today, on the opening day. Thomas Berdych,

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number six seed and a former finalist here, he went over, it was

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either seven or eight times he was on his behind. Before losing his

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match. Federer just managing to stay up there. The Colombian has

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half a chance. Excellent play! Federer hasn't done that much wrong

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this game. This is all due to the attacking play from the Colombian,

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taking the ball on. Showing no Federer having to dig deep. First

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round match. High quality. A dig on the forehand side from Federer was

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excellent, and to find that backhand down the line, keeps him

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Found the line, I think. He is going to challenge it. Looks to the

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naked eye as though the ball took the line. And some of the chalk

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with it. No! Missed it. It must have been a different mark. It is

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out. It's a break. Federer has seen match points come and go and he has

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now lost his serve. The crowd are He used that tactic well today, but

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that one, Federer was able to get that ball low enough. Falla

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couldn't quite open the racket face up enough. Exactly, a very positive

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strike, wasn't it. He certainly The forehand there just took over

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in that rally. That was the one that set up the point, that first

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forehand down the line and then Falla was love 40 down on his

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previous game and he saved all Federer's a bit tight. The

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Colombian is digging in here. Really a crucial point coming up.

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It is still break point to Federer. Not everything comes easy to the

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great man, sometimes he has to dig, and that is what he is doing now.

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Ooh! Again, that, this is this best of three set scenario. Instead of

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the best of five, it is just a That is an amazing ball. Fabulous

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effort, twice in a row he has been love 40 down on his own serve by

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Alejandro Falla has held, and he has got Federer on the ropes here

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in this second set. Tell you a bit about Alejandro Falla, the 28-year-

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old. Well, he can go the distance, if he is required to over five sets.

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You talk about the mentality, the difference between best of three,

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best of five which is the Grand Slam, this guy can go the distance,

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he is fit and strong. Do you remember Isner versus Mahut. This

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year at Wimbledon fal lade feeted him 7-5 and Mahut in the second

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round, 7-5 in the fifth. So Federer knows he's is playing a dogged

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opponent. When he almost lost to him he was down two sets to love.

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He would have been off the court if it had been the best of three sets

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scenario. So it is tough. They had to look up at his box and there was

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a worried look on their face, they know this man is dangerous. They

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want Federer to get this done in two sets and not go into a third.

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That was the most extraordinary shot selection, but he has no

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choice, that return of serve came out so fast, he was in no-man's

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land. He didn't have a lot of 64 men and 64 women in the single's

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draws here, that means to win gold you have to win straight six

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matches. At Wimbledon it is a 128 Oh, that was not expected there. He

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APPLAUSE This has been a spectacular turn

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round from Falla who has serve saved three match points. Now, if

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he can take his fourth game in a row here, it will be one set all.

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Federer challenging that one, between a first and second serve.

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And now he has made himself wait. No, that's out. Alejandro Falla of

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Colombia has taken us to a third set here, and fvings everyone loves

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it on Centre Court. There is a lot What a shock there, Federer had

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match points but now it is going to go the distance and we will be back

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on Centre Court very soon. But we are going to go back to the big

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story of the day. Halve mav was hoping to claim Britain's first

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gold medal of these games but it wasn't the dream start for kav and

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his fans, because the British team, they couldn't keep one the leading

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pack and Cavendish finished out of the medals. The gold went to

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Vinokurov. Let us hear from Mark Vinokurov. Let us hear from Mark

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Cavendish. I know, how bitterly disappointed you are, your team

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could do no more for you, at times it seemed the rest of the world was

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up against Great Britain. We knew it was going to be like that,

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coming into it. We said we will do our race as we want to do it. See

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what happens, like you said it seems like most teams, they are

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happy not to win ass long as we don't win. That is the story of our

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life in cycling. It show what is a strong nation we are, we have to

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take positives from that and take it as a compliment. But it is

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disappointing. We couldn't, 70 guys in there, in our group at the

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finish. I don't understand why there is three guys riding. It

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donth don't make sense. Well done your team-mate, they looked like

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they had left it out on the road. Incredible. I couldn't be more

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proud. They are spent. They are still sat in the tent. They are

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just absolutely spent. Just rode 250k, going 60k an hour for the

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last hour. I am so proud. What about the crowd on the road there,

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so many people have Mark Cavendish masks on, the Union Jack is flying,

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near on one million people, it must have been emotional. All our ears

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are ringing, we don't pick up on individuals, we hear a noise all

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the way here, that was tremendous, the whole way round, it was, it was

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something I will remember for ever. Everybody knew you are the best

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sprinter in the world. When it came to here, you were the most likely

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winner, are we victims of the British cycling team success?

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Absolutely. That is all we can put it down to, no-one wants to help us,

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the Australians sit there, they always just ride negatively as well,

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you know. They had one guy who wasn't going to win but they sat

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there and didn't want to sprint. I would like to say that is how it

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goes but it is disappointing. We did everything, like, it is one of

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those things, we can't make kphuest excuse, we did everything, all the

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guys, the guys, they were incredible, to see the guys with

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the calibre they have got, just riding like that for me, it is

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just... Olympics and Mark Cavendish We will see, you know. We don't

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know. I tell you, it is ironic, I looked on the team pursuit this

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year and could not do it because I have not done it at the World Cup,

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yet fans were able to enter a track sprinter for the road race who has

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never done a road race in his life. Something has messed up there. But,

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we haven't got a medal. I am completely proud of my team and

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proud of my country for the support if we had. A team pursuit sometime

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in the future? I am getting too old for it. It is my last chance.

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you for your time, cheers, Mark. Such disappointment for Mark

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Cavendish. He talked about his team-mates giving their all,

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including Bradley Wiggins, who will be back on when stake. It is the

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women's race tomorrow with Lizzie Armitstead and Nicole Cooke going,

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but tomorrow. That was the news from The Mall earlier today. We are

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heading back to Wimbledon, Centre Court. Roger Federer looked like he

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was saving through his earlier round with Alejandro Falla, but he

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has dropped the second set. It is the first game of the final set.

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Nuts rejoined John Lydon and Andrew Cassell. -- let's rejoin John Lloyd

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It is wide, it is going to be a challenge but Federer is walking

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towards the umpire's chair. He thinks the ball is out and it is in

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fact a break. It has been cracked wide. Federer gets the break of

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John Lloyd, any explanation as to what happened at the end of the

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second set? Obviously totally unexpected. Roger was one step into

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the locker room mentally himself, thought it was all over at love-40

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and Falla came back and after that it was not Federer's fault. Falla

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just did not miss and Roger got tight at the end of the set, missed

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a couple of balls and unfortunately for Falla, after winning the second

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set he got over-excited in the first service game and was a bit

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But it has been an excellent mixture of pace and spin from Falla.

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He has been giving so many different looks to Federer. He has

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come in now and again, got a high The second time we have seen that,

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Federer has had to volley on the baseline. The ground stroke pace of

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Just left enough down the line that Falla had to go there. Federer is

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one step across, cuts it off and it Purple backdrops, coloured shirts,

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Centre Court looking very different But let there be no doubt that if

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the tennis players were not and this Olympic Games, if they did not

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value these gold medalled, the medalled they play for, they would

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We see Federer getting fired up there. He wants the security of a

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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double break against an opponent We haven't seen that very often

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from Federer, getting round the second serve. The spin is taking

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him out wide. He took a chance left very early and it paid off. He was

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That keeps the match alive. If Falla had dropped that service game

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he could have been out of the tournament but he is still in it.

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As you rightly say, John, he will feel he has been with the chancier.

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Federer is one of the two Swiss in the jaw -- in the draw for the

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men's singles event. The other is Wawrinka, who had the honour of

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carrying the opening flag after Federer declined at the opening

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ceremony. At this occasion he is staying at Wimbledon, not in the

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village. We will see Wawrinka in action against Andy Murray tomorrow,

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presumably a Centre Court match. We are looking forward to that. They

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have played on this court before and had a classic, the first fall

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completed match played under the roof, back in 2009. Of course, this

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is a rematch of 2010 First round, Federer won in five, from two sets

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down to Abersoch old acquaintances. It is a nasty first round match for

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Andy Murray, it could be dangerous. I am looking forward to seeing the

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doubles here at the Olympics. The top players playing in doubles. We

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don't see it very often, these days. We will see Federer, Djokovic,

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Murray, all in the men's doubles. It will be fun. Andy Murray and

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Jamie Murray in action this afternoon in the first round of the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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He can make life difficult, can't he? The accuracy, a short take back,

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you can't read where he is going to Sue Parr ber -- SUE BARKER:, the

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The biggest spectacle of day one draws to a close as the world's leading road cyclists prepare to do battle over the closing stages of the men's road race, culminating in a finish in The Mall.

British crowds will be cheering world champion and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 Mark Cavendish.

Cycling: Men's road race

Commentators: Hugh Porter Chris Boardman Jill Douglas.