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Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games

Manchester, England, July 27 - August 3, 2002

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July 29 - Women's Cross - Country, Rivington

Redden takes charge

By Gerry McManus, Cyclingnews correspondent in Rivington

Chrissy Redden won Canada's second cycling gold medal in this yearís Commonwealth Games by winning the womenís cross-county event in Rivington.

Redden had witnessed Scotlandís Caroline Alexander puncture on the Snakebite alley descent on the first lap while leading by over a minute. Alexander failed to re-inflate her tyre using a foam puncture repair kit and retired from the race in tears.

Redden built an unassailable lead and held out despite a late rush from Susy Pride (Nzl) and Mary Grigson (Australia) came in next to take the bronze.

The challenging 6.9-mile circuit had its fair share of puncture victims but 34-year-old Alexander was unlucky not to get back in the race. She has told BBC Online that she will be trying to make amends by winning Saturdayís road race for Scotland.


Photos supplied by D.J. Clark

Results - 26 km

1 Chrissy Redden (Canada)            1.32.10
2 Susy Pryde (New Zealand)              0.16
3 Mary Grigson (Australia)              0.39
4 Marie-Helene Premont (Canada)         1.56 
5 Kiara Bisaro (Canada)                 4.56
6 Anna Baylis (Australia)               5.57 
7 Dellys Franke (Australia)             6.23 
8 Sue Thomas (England)                  8.36
9 Penny Edwards (Wales)                 9.43
10 Vic Wilkinson (England)             13.02 
11 Jacqui Fletcher (Isle of Man)       20.21 
12 Jenny Copnall (England)             24.03 
DNF Sadie Parker (New Zealand)          
DNF Caroline Alexander (Scotland)               
DNF Mirabell West (Anguilla)