Riders look ahead after Glasgow

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 07/08/2014

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Manawatu's two Commonwealth Games cycling medals hopes didn't get the haul they wanted in Glasgow, but their coach, Mike McRedmond, is happy with their performances.

Kopane track sprinter Simon van Velthooven won a silver medal in the kilo time trial, while Feilding road cyclist Jesse Sergent finished fifth in his preferred event, the individual time trial, but did not finish the road race.

"Obviously disappointed not to get a medal in both the time trial and the road race," McRedmond said. "Having said that, I think the strategy we took into the time trial was the right one. He had to start a little bit quicker in order to be competitive. He may have started a little bit too quick."

McRedmond was happy with the start and the finish to Sergent's time trial, but said he lost a little in the mid section.

"Unfortunately that's what happens in elite sport."

Sergent didn't finish the 168km road race in terrible conditions on a tough course, but of the 140 starters, only 12 finished.

"When you go to these events there's expectation and you want to medal, to not medal is a disappointment," McRedmond said.

"He'll pick himself up and he's had a very good season."

Sergent is back at his base in Spain and next week is riding in the Eneco Tour in the Netherlands with his pro team Trek Factory Racing, then the Tour of Spain, which will be his grand tour for the year.

After that it's straight into the world championships where he will ride the team time trial, the individual time trial and road race, then come home briefly before riding the Tour of Beijing.

Track sprinter van Velthooven won a silver medal in the kilo time trial and even though he missed out in his favoured event, the keirin, it was a satisfying result.

"One medal was fantastic," McRedmond said.

"It wasn't the colour that he wanted but he is pleased with the medal."

Van Velthooven, an Olympic bronze medallist in the keirin, would have expected to do better at the Commonwealth Games, where he missed out on qualifying for the final at Glasgow.

"Knowing Simon, he just didn't look right," McRedmond said.

"It just wasn't his day."

Van Velthooven is now back in Japan on the keirin racing circuit until returning home next month for a break.

Former Manawatu cyclist Reta Trotman finished 11th in the women's road time trial and 15th in the road race.

A former Awatapu College student, Trotman is now based in Europe.

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- Manawatu Standard

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