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Glasgow 2014 : Emma Pooley takes silver for England in the time trial

Danish-born Kiwi Linda Villumsen dug deep in the final stages to pip Emma Pooley to win time-trial gold in Glasgow


It was not the gold she was hoping for but Emma Pooley said she was “thrilled” to have bowed out of her final competitive time trial with silver at the Commonwealth Games, paying tribute afterwards to those who have supported her through a career in which she was a consistent force both on and off the bike.

The 31-year-old, who retires after Sunday’s road race to focus on triathlons and other endurance events, was pipped, agonisingly, by New Zealand’s Danish-born rider Linda Villumsen on a damp Glasgow course. Australia’s Katrin Garfoot took the bronze.

Villumsen was nine seconds behind Pooley at the final time check but managed to finish six seconds ahead. The Englishwoman, though, said she had no regrets.

“You can’t be frustrated when you have done your best,” she shrugged. “Linda deserves the credit for a fantastic race. I’m not upset. I’m thrilled to have a medal.”

Glasgow 2014 : Alex Dowsett : missing Tour de France spurred me on to Commonwealth gold

England’s Alex Dowsett won gold in the time trial in Glasgow four years after taking the silver medal in Delhi

England's Alex Dowsett won gold in the time trial in Glasgow four years after taking silver in Delhi

Alex Dowsett admitted missing out on the Tour de France spurred him on to Commonwealth gold in the individual time trial, following a courageous display born out of “anger and disappointment” from the England rider.

Dowsett clocked 47min 41.78sec over the 38.4km course on the roads of Glasgow to take gold ahead of the Australian Rohan Dennis and Wales’s Geraint Thomas, just weeks after being omitted from the Tour by Movistar owing to illness.

The 25-year-old was forced to produce a stunning finish after trailing Dennis by more than five seconds with 6km remaining but he overturned the deficit in remarkable fashion and his margin of victory was, in the end, comfortable at 9.30sec.

“I had a point to prove to myself, I know I was worthy of that Tour place, I was unlucky when I got ill,” said Dowsett, who won silver in this event at Delhi 2010. “I don’t hold anything against my team for not taking me. If I was my team manager I would’ve probably not taken me as well.

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