Commonwealth Games: David Millar wins 40km time trial

Dowsett second, Durbridge takes bronze

Scotland's David Millar won the gold medal in the men's 40km time trial road race at the Commonwealth Games today. Alex Dowsett of England took silver, with Australian Luke Durbridge winning the bronze.

Millar, hot off a bronze medal in the men's 168km road race, set a blistering pace to outgun his rivals in the first half of the 40km ride before pulling further ahead as the mercury hit 44C (111F) at the Noida Expressway.

"It was a very physical course, like being on a treadmill," he said. "It hurt.

"All year, I have been preparing for this. I do a lot of races outside of this like the world championships last week. This is my last big event of the year and it's great to have got gold."

Alex Dowsett of England silver, David Millar of Scotland gold and Luke Durbridge of Australia bronze, celebrate with their medals after the Mens Individual Time Trial during day ten of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Alex Dowsett, 22, of England had the ride of his life but could not live with Millar's pace, crossing the line 55 seconds slower ahead of Australia's Luke Durbridge, 19, who took bronze.

Millar, who rode to silver in the World Championships in Australia earlier this month, never looked like he was in doubt for the gold.

Millar on his way to gold

The 33-year-old went through the halfway stage first, in a shade under 20:59.59, three seconds ahead of Dowsett, who put in an assured ride with the wind behind him.

It was a long, lonely ride home into the wind for the Scotsman, who began picking off his rivals on the half-hour, breezing past McCann and then taking Durbridge just before the finish.

Millar's team mate Evan Oliphant, 28, won the first heat in 52:13.12, placing him 10th overall.

"I was hoping for 53 or 54 (minutes) so I did better than expected," he said.

"As I was pushing to 22 to 24kms, I was getting more and more dehydrated. I could have done with more drink, but to do that you need to take your hand off the bar and that slows you down."

© AFP 2010

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