Commonwealth Games: Kiwi Georgia Williams wins silver in women's road race

  • 14/04/2018
The Kiwi cyclist scored an unlikely silver.
The Kiwi cyclist scored an unlikely silver. Photo credit: Photosport

Not normally recognised for her sprinting prowess, Kiwi cyclist Georgia Williams has shaken off a brush with bronchitis and stormed to silver in the women's road race at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.       

Williams was edged by Australian Chloe Hosking, who took gold in the 112.2km race around Currumbin Beachfront in three hours 2 minutes and eight seconds.

Bronze went to Welshwoman Danielle Rowe, with all three riders awarded the same time.

Sharlotte Lucas was placed fourth, and time trial silver medallist Linda Villumsen 12th in a strong team finish for the New Zealanders.

Kate McIlroy was 19th and track medallist Rushlee Buchanan 26th, all four Kiwis working hard to keep Williams in position for her final strike.

The 24-year-old Aucklander admitted she hadn't had the ideal preparation for the Games, battling bronchitis for a couple of weeks before arriving on the Gold Coast from her European pro team, Mitchelton Scott.

Life wasn't made any easier as Hosking's Australian team controlled the race in cloudy, blustery conditions.

The Kiwis had to improvise in the final couple of kilometres as Lucas battled to keep pace while the Australians set up Hosking.

"I wasn't actually meant to be sprinting, but Sharlotte was just struggling a little bit in the last 2km," Williams said.

"I was sort of hoping she was on my wheel, just behind the Aussies, but she wasn't there so I had to finish it off.

"It worked out OK."

NZN