David Millar powered his way to victory in the Commonwealth Games Time Trial in Delhi today, claiming Scotland’s first ever gold medal on the road with a time of 47:18:66 and adding to the bronze medal he picked up in Sunday’s road race.
The Garmin-Transitions rider was the last man out on the 40km, pan flat out-and-back course along the Noida Express Highway, the road lined with security barriers and absolutely bereft of spectators.
England’s Alex Dowsett, the European under-23 champion who is set to join Team Sky next season, put the disappointment of puncturing in the World Championship under-23 time trial last week behind him, clinching silver with a time of 48:13:48.
Australia’s Luke Durbridge took bronze, just over 1 minute down on Millar, the Scot passing him in the final metres.
Earlier, in the women’s event on a shorter 29-kilometre course, England’s Julia Shaw claimed bronze with a time of 39:09:52. Canada’s Tara Whitten won gold with a time of 38:59.30, ahead of New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen, just shy of five seconds back. Women’s world time trial champion Emma Pooley of England struggled with a stomach bug overnight and finished ninth.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.