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Richards secures Commonwealth title with perfect ride at Cannock Chase

Richards secures Commonwealth title with perfect ride at Cannock Chase

Evie Richards stormed to an incredible gold medal after a dominant performance in the women’s mountain bike race at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Richards ripped…

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Evie Richards stormed to an incredible gold medal after a dominant performance in the women’s mountain bike race at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Richards ripped up the course at Cannock Chase to add to Team England’s medal tally, going one better than her 2018 silver medal in Australia, while Isla Short took a hard-fought fourth for Team Scotland.

Earlier in the day Northern Ireland’s Cameron Orr and England’s Joe Blackmore just missed out on medals with fourth and fifth place respectively in the men’s race, and Scotland’s Charlie Aldridge suffered a devastating mechanical while sitting in third position to put him out of contention. Women’s race

World champion Richards and Scotland’s Isla Short set the pace early on, opening a gap on the first lap, with Candice Lill of South Africa and Australia’s Zoe Cuthbert chasing. Richards rode away comfortably, before Short had a wobble on a rocky section to enable Richards to grow her advantage. Crossing the line on the first lap, Richards had a margin of 13 seconds, while Short led the chase with Lill and Cuthbert. Richards looked strong, opening the gap to 34 seconds, but having recently suffered with a back injury and Covid-19, the race was by no means over.

Short and Lill continued to chase, with Cuthbert just staying in contact before being distanced on the fourth lap.

At the halfway point, Richards had a lead of 43 seconds over Short and Lill, with the 25-year-old showing lightning speed on the berms and impressive technique on […]

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