Welsford Takes Dramatic Scratch Race Win and Second Gold Medal
Sam Welsford has taken his second gold medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, with a thrilling win in the 15km Scratch Race.
Welsford came from behind to overtake English rider Ethan Hayter in the closing metres of the finish straight. Hayter had maintained a half-lap lead for the second half of the race.
In a display of true teamwork, Welsford’s Australian team mates Cam Meyer and fellow ACA rider Leigh Howard rode a textbook race to control the constant attacks and set up the finish for Welsford.
“It was such a hard race. From the start, there were so many moves and I had to be patient, go with a few,” said Welsford.
“My teammates were amazing, Cameron Meyer and Leigh Howard, hats off to them. They were in every move. They were looking after me all race. Those guys, just credit to the team.”
“I think the whole team is so tight knit and it’s showing in the results this week. I’m over the moon, my second gold for the comp. This race is such a lottery. 60 laps and anyone can get away in the last couple of laps. I was lucky enough I caught him the last lap.”
Welsford was also part of the four man team that won the team pursuit on the opening night of the Games, setting a new World Record in the process. The record was the first ever recorded under the elusive 3:50 barrier. Three of the four riders in the final were from ACA Ride Sunshine Coast, with Welsford's ACA teammates Kelland O'Brien and Leigh Howard also in the gold medal winning team.