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Australia take cycling one-two-three


Cadel Evans takes men's time trial gold as Australia sweep the medals.

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans cruises to victory at Rivington

Australia swept up all three medals in the men痴 time trial on
Saturday, with Cadel Evans winning gold from Michael Rogers, who in turn clinched the silver medal ahead of Nathan O誰eill.

The 44-man field was split into groups of 11 riders, with the last seed going first and the top seed, defending champion Eric Wholberg of Canada, the final man to tackle the course.

The hot and humid conditions made the four laps of the 11.7km course around Chorley and Rivington particularly arduous.

Rogers was the surprise medallist of the field and the first provisional gold medal holder. Competing in the second group of riders as the no 24 seed, Rogers started ten minutes after the first rider in his group but passed all ten competitors over the four laps to finish in 1:02.50.36.

Evans, seeded 13th, also started last in his group (third of the four) and similarly blitzed through the field to complete the 46.8km course in 1:00.53.50. He then had an agonising wait as the next 12 riders all tried, but failed, to better his time.

Nathan O誰eill was third to last off. His time was good enough to edge England痴 Stuart Dangerfield out of the bronze medal position.

Dangerfield was later disqualified from the competition for slip-streaming another competitor.

On dismounting from his bike, O誰eill had to sit on the ground in front of the assembled media suffering from severe exhaustion.

All three Australian riders were then forced to wait for Eric Wohlberg to finish. Wohlberg was nearly a minute down on the provisional medal positions going into the final lap and was unable to make up the necessary time, finishing fourth.

The gold medallist Cadel Evans was delighted with the medal sweep: 的 had my hopes, you can dream, but I thought all three were beyond us. I知 going to have to pinch myself.

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