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Australia’s Grace Brown and Rohan Dennis complete Commonwealth cycling clean sweep

Australia’s Grace Brown and Rohan Dennis complete Commonwealth cycling clean sweep

Grace Brown during the women’s cycling individual time trial at the Commonwealth Games in Wolverhampton. As Grace Brown was preparing for the first leg of…

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Grace Brown during the women’s cycling individual time trial at the Commonwealth Games in Wolverhampton. As Grace Brown was preparing for the first leg of an Australian clean sweep of the Commonwealth Games individual time trials, the task ahead was brought into harsh focus. English rider Hayley Simmonds, a bronze medallist on the Gold Coast four years ago now working as a commentator while injured, articulated perfectly the demands of the event.

“It’s called the race of truth,” Simmonds said on the BBC. “In the end, it’s just you and the pain in your legs and thoughts in your head. You cannot hide behind your teammates. It is literally the strongest rider who will win.”

By midway through Thursday afternoon on a complex course in Black Country, Wolverhampton, the evidence was clear. Brown was the strongest woman by far. And Rohan Dennis, twice a world champion in the discipline, was finally the Commonwealth champion after posting a time of 46:21.20, with his early strength and speed critical.

In both races, English riders finished second. But that is generous to silver medallists Anna Henderson and Fred Jones. In reality there was daylight behind the Australian champions. Both gold medallists had plenty of time in the latter stages of the time trial to consider their thoughts.

Brown coasted home more than 33 seconds clear and Dennis eased late when triumphant over a field including 2018 Tour de France champion Geraint Jones by just over 26 seconds.

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