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Millar, Whitten pedal to Time Trial glory

Millar, Whitten pedal to Time Trial glory

Scotland's David Millar and Canada's Tara Alice Whitten won the Men's and Women's Golds respectively at the Individual Time Trial on Wednesday.

Men's pre-race favourite Millar had to work harder than most predicted on his way to victory at the Noida Expressway. Hot from claiming Silver in the World Individual Time Trial Championships earlier this month, Millar fended off a strong challenge from Alex Dowsett (ENG) to add Gold to his Bronze medal from the Men's Road Race on Sunday.

The Scot stopped the clock in 47 minutes 18.66 seconds in the 40km race-against-the-clock, setting an average speed of 50.728 km/h. Dowsett was just 3.14 seconds off Millar's pace at the 20km time check but couldn't match the speed set by his more experienced rival in the second half of the race against a strong headwind. He eventually claimed Silver with a time of 48:13.48, almost one minute off the winning pace. Meanwhile, Australia's Luke Durbridge added a Bronze to the Silver medal he won at the Under-23 World Individual Time Trial Championships earlier this month, clocking 48:19.22.

In the Women's field, Whitten bagged Gold, with Linda Villumsen of New Zealand taking Silver, and England's Julia Shaw, Bronze. Whitten completed the race in 38 minutes, 59.30 seconds, beating Villumsen by almost five seconds.-PTI