Australian cyclists Stephanie Morton, Leigh Howard, Cameron Meyer and Alex Manly are off to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. Picture: Supplied
Australian cyclists Stephanie Morton, Leigh Howard, Cameron Meyer and Alex Manly are off to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. Picture: Supplied

Paris-Roubaix to Gold Coast gold

AUSTRALIAN cycling stars Mathew Hayman and Alex Edmondson will fly to the Gold Coast just days after riding in the Paris-Roubaix in Europe to spearhead the men's road team at the Commonwealth Games in April.

Twelve years after his gold medal ride in Melbourne in 2006, Hayman will captain the team alongside reigning national champion Edmondson, Steele von Hoff, Callum Scotson, Mitch Docker and Cameron Meyer who will ride both track and the road at the Games.

Cycling Australia yesterday announced a 36-rider team, including 19 debutants, for what it has dubbed a major dress rehearsal for the 2020 Olympics.

Australian Mathew Hayman wins gold in the road race at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Australian Mathew Hayman wins gold in the road race at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Meyer will be joined on the track by Sam Welsford, Nick Yallouris, Alex Porter, Kelland O'Brien, Jordan Kerby and Leigh Howard, who missed out on the Delhi Games in 2010 and only returned to the velodrome last year.

"I have great memories from Delhi in 2010 so to be part of both teams and at home is very exciting," Meyer said.

"And to see so many fresh faces I'm sure we'll surprise a lot of people with what we can achieve on the Gold Coast in April.

"I'm looking for big results, we set the bar high and ultimately gold medals.

"Being part of the road team as well is a bit more complicated, it's a bigger field and very strong, but with experience like Mat Hayman and the Australian champion in Alex Edmondson I'm sure we'll give it a real crack."

The women's road team will include Chloe Hosking in her third Commonwealth Games, national champion Shannon Malseed, Tiffany Cromwell, Gracie Elvin and Sarah Roy.

Alex Edmondson wins the road race at the National Championships in Buninyong, Ballarat in January. Picture: CON CHRONIS
Alex Edmondson wins the road race at the National Championships in Buninyong, Ballarat in January. Picture: CON CHRONIS

The women's track sprint team includes Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton as Australia heads to a major Games without Anna Meares for the first time since 1998, but racing is still on the Anna Meares Velodrome and Morton has borrowed one of her mottos for inspiration.

"It's not too often we get to perform in front of a home crowd and I'm working off the saying that pressure makes diamonds, you could use it as a bad thing or as a positive headset going in and that's what I'll be doing," Morton said.

"Kaarle and I have some pretty fast targets we want to meet and hopefully we can do that in front of a home crowd.

"I've got family and friends coming up and I think it would be nice to give it a crack to try to defend my (individual sprint) title so I'm really looking forward to it."

The women's track endurance team includes Annette Edmondson, Alex Manly, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure and Rebecca Wiasak.

Australians Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Alex Manly and Rebecca Wiasak after winning silver at the 2017 World Championships in Hong Kong in the Women’s Team Pursuit. Picture: Casey Gibson
Australians Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Alex Manly and Rebecca Wiasak after winning silver at the 2017 World Championships in Hong Kong in the Women’s Team Pursuit. Picture: Casey Gibson

"To be able to do it on home soil is completely different (to Glasgow in 2014), that's why we're back here lining up and tried super hard to make this team," Edmondson said.

"We have had a bit of a shake-up, we lost Mel Hoskins but we also have Alex Manly, and there's been a shift in the management at Cycling Australia and a new coach, so things are different and there's a lot of momentum going forward."

AUSTRALIAN CYCLING TEAM FOR THE 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

ROAD

Tiffany Cromwell

Gracie Elvin

Katrin Garfoot

Chloe Hosking

Shannon Malseed

Sarah Roy

Mitch Docker

Alex Edmondson

Mathew Hayman

Cameron Meyer

Callum Scotson (time trial)

Steele von Hoff

TRACK

Ashlee Ankudinoff

Georgia Baker

Amy Cure

Alex Manly

Rebecca Wiasak

Leigh Howard

Annette Edmondson celebrates winning the final of the Women's team pursuit during the 2018 Australian Track National Championships at Anna Meares Velodrome earlier this month. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Annette Edmondson celebrates winning the final of the Women's team pursuit during the 2018 Australian Track National Championships at Anna Meares Velodrome earlier this month. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Jordan Kerby

Cameron Meyer

Kelland O'Brien

Alex Porter

Sam Welsford

Nicholas Yallouris

Kaarle McCulloch

Stephanie Morton

Pat Constable

Matthew Glaetzter

Nathan Hart

Jacob Schmid

Road MOUNTAIN BIKE

Daniel McConnell

Rebecca McConnell

 

PARA-TRACK

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Bradley Henderson/Thomas Clarke


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