Commonwealth Youth Games: Crit

Commonwealth Youth Games: Crit


Team England made it a hat-trick of wins in the women's cycling events as Hannah Barnes took gold in the criterium on Sunday afternoon.

She broke clear with Elinor Barker (Wales) just a few laps into the race which was run on an 800-metre circuit starting and finishing on Douglas Promenade.

The race, over 30 minutes plus five laps, saw the field of 19 starters split apart early on and Barnes and Barker never looked in any danger of being caught.

All smiles for England's Hannah Barnes (centre) after her win in the criterium. Also pictured are Wales' silver medallist Elinor Barker (left) and bronze medallist Lucy Garner (right).

Wary of Barnes' sprint, Barker tried an attack as the pair approached the bell but Barnes was able to cover the move and won the final sprint.

Lucy Garner (England), who was in a group of four chasers, crossed the line 38 seconds behind to take bronze ahead of Amy Roberts (Wales) and Australians Jess Mundy and Jess Allen.

The criterium win was Barnes' third medal of the Games, she won the time trial and bronze in the road race.

Hannah Barnes (England) on her way to victory in the Commonwealth Youth Games criterium.

The men's criterium featured 48 riders racing for 50 minutes plus five laps. Australia's Rob McCarthy spent almost half the race away on his own despite a determined effort by a group of eight chasers.

But McCarthy had Australia team mates Alex Morgan and Jack Beckinsale in the group to hamper the pursuit and chase down any attacks. McCarthy crossed the line alone and 33 seconds later England's Jon Dibben took the silver just ahead of Beckinsale.

England's Jon Dibben leads Wales' Owain Doull in the men's criterium.

Owain Doull (Wales) was fourth, Grant Ferguson (Scotland) fifth, Jayde Julius (South Africa) sixth, and Tom Mazzone (Isle of Man) seventh.

McCarthy grew up in Cork and won a national title in Ireland before moving to Australia three years ago. His criterium win gave Australia's men's team a clean sweep in the Games following Alex Morgan's victory in the time trial and Caleb Ewan's gold medal in the road race.

In the cycling events, Australia topped the medals table with five gold, four silver and three bronze. England were second with five gold, three silver and three bronze. Wales were third with no golds, three silver and three bronze.

Pictured, from left, are England's silver medallist Jon Dibben, winner Rob McCarthy and bronze medallist Jack Beckinsale (both Australia).

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.