Australian cycling tactics blasted by England’s Anna Henderson after Georgia Baker’s Commonwealth Games gold medal
An English bike owner overwhelmed to gold by an Australian within the Commonwealth Games time trial has taken purpose after dropping out once more in a “rubbish” highway race gained by “boring” Aussie tactics.
Three days after ending runner-up to Grace Brown, Anna Henderson completed twenty fourth as Georgia Baker took gold in Sunday’s 112km contest.
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Baker and fellow Australian Sarah Roy, who gained bronze, instantly posed for celebratory pictures with teammates Brown, Alexandra Manly, Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Brodie Chapman.
However whereas a number of riders from different nations congratulated Baker and Roy, others had been removed from impressed.
Henderson vowed to be energetic and launched a collection of assaults within the race – solely to be frequently thwarted by Brown and Brodie Chapman, and her frustration confirmed afterwards.
“It was a rubbish race. The Australians had a really boring race plan,” the 23-year-old mentioned.
“The Australians just played it really boring, didn’t really make a show of it.
“As a rider like me sometimes you’re going to get marked out. We made a break but unfortunately it came back. I was a bit disappointed today.”
Chapman was unaware of Henderson’s criticism when she took the excessive highway and credited the Englishwoman for her challenges.
“Anna was insanely strong,” the 31-year-old Aussie mentioned.
“She definitely put the sting in everyone’s legs today.”
Australia’s tactics could have been ruthless however they had been additionally faultless, offering Baker with the chance to win her third gold medal at Birmingham 2022 following two victories contained in the velodrome.
She joins the good Kathy Watt as the one Australians to win gold on the highway and monitor on the identical Commonwealth Games.
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“I’m pretty happy – it was a whole team effort and I’m just so proud I could pull it off for the team,” Baker mentioned.
“The girls led me out beautifully.”
Australia had a number of profitable choices and fellow sprinter Alex Manly was initially their protected rider.
However a change to the end straight meant they dedicated to Baker, which was confirmed on the highway with 20km left.
“The way Australian cycling is developing and moving forward, we should be able to do this more in the future,” mentioned Baker, who rides on the highway for the Australian BikeExchange-Jayco workforce.
Roy’s bronze was a satisfying flip after ending fourth in her solely monitor occasion final week.
The 36-year-old, like Baker, was very happy to learn from the Australian group’s teamwork.
“We didn’t have to worry about anyone in the team, we all could trust each other 100 per cent,” Roy mentioned.
“It’s exactly what you want in a team.”
– with AAP
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