So near yet so far for Mark Cavendish at Olympics
Manxman misses out on Olympic Road Race medal finishing 29th
MARK Cavendish’s hopes of becoming the first Manxman to win a gold medal at the Olympics since rower Sidney Swann in 1912 were dashed this afternoon as he missed out on victory in cycling’s road race.
Cav was pre-race favourite to claim Great Britain’s first gold of the London Games, but his bid for victory ended in disappointment as Kazakhstan veteran Alexandre Vinokourov won despite the five-man GB team looking strong for the majority of the race.
With Cav’s fearsome sprinting reputation counting against him, he eventually finished 29th after his GB team-mates failed to reel in a late breakaway in the 250km race and were left marooned in the peleton.
Vinokourov sprinted clear of Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran in the final stages of an eventful race to take an emotional victory on The Mall.
Norway’s Alexander Kristoff pipped the rest of the breakaway pack to bronze.
Full report in Monday’s Examiner.
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