Dis­ap­pointed Ste­wart now turns his fo­cus to Tour de York­shire

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - COMMONWEALTH GAMES -

HE GAVE it ev­ery­thing he had but Doncaster cy­clist Tom Ste­wart came up just short on his Com­mon­wealth Games de­but, on Aus­tralia’s Gold Coast.

The 28-year-old came into the event in form hav­ing re­cently won the gru­elling Tour de Nor­mandie in France.

And he showed his legs by go­ing on the at­tack in Aus­tralia, chip­ping off the front of the pelo­ton as one of sev­eral moves in the first 90 min­utes of the race.

His move stuck, though, and was ini­tially away as part of a three-man break, be­fore be­ing joined by six more.

When that group dis­in­te­grated he launched an­other at­tack but was caught on the fi­nal lap of nine around the Cur­rumbin beach­front.

He even­tu­ally fin­ished sev­enth for Team Eng­land but was still not happy with the re­sult.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed. We came here as a team to win but I think we can still be proud of how we rode in the sense of leav­ing ev­ery­thing out there,” said the JLT- Con­dor rider. “We cer­tainly an­i­mated the race but it didn’t work out, un­for­tu­nately.”

Ste­wart will now re­turn to the UK and pre­pare for the up­com­ing Tour de York­shire, where the team have yet to de­ter­mine their main ob­jec­tive.

“Ian Bibby [fel­low Team Eng­land and JLT-Con­dor rider] and my­self have got the Tour de York­shire com­ing up, that’s the next big tar­get,” he added. “For the Tour de York­shire we’re go­ing to spend some time rec­ce­ing some stages and ei­ther go for a stage win or try to get a good solid GC, maybe a top five over­all.”

Fel­low York­shire riders Adam Blythe and Ol­lie Wood failed to fin­ish the race – the lat­ter suf­fer­ing an early punc­ture and strug­gling to work his way through the back mark­ers – while Harry Tan­field fol­lowed his time trial sil­ver with an­other strong per­for­mance on the road, fin­ish­ing 42nd.

While in the women’s race Wake­field’s Mel Lowther re­turned to ac­tion the be­ing forced to sit out Tues­day’s time trial due to an ad­min­is­tra­tion er­ror.

She fin­ished ninth in the race and ad­mit­ted to hav­ing con­sid­ered not racing in Aus­tralia. “Ahead of the race I was pretty all over the place men­tally. One sec­ond I wanted to show them in the road race, the next I just wanted to go home,” said the 21-year-old.

“I just had to sort my head out and come into here feel­ing pos­i­tive and try to do as good a ride as I could.”

TOM STE­WART: Fin­ished sev­enth on his Com­mon­wealth Games de­but in Aus­tralia.

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