Kennaugh set to miss Commonwealth Games

Kennaugh set to miss Commonwealth Games
By Sportsbeat

09/01/2018 at 14:51Updated

He has Olympic, World and European gold medals in his cabinet, but Pete Kennaugh will not be winning his first Commonwealth crown on the Gold Coast.

The 28-year-old Isle of Man rider has opted to miss the Games in Australia to focus on the Ardennes Classics in April.

Kennaugh won the island's only medal in Glasgow four years ago, a 40km points race silver, while their last Commonwealth title was Mark Cavendish's scratch race success in 2006.

Kennaugh won team pursuit gold at London 2012, as well as the World Championships in Melbourne the same year and the European Championships in Apeldoorn in 2011.

"Unfortunately, I won't be able to compete at the Commonwealth Games as they clash with the Ardennes Classics which are races I am targeting this season," said Kennaugh.

"I wish all my Isle of Man teammates the best of luck and I'm sure they will bring home some medals."

The Ardennes Classics are three high-profile one-day races held for the most part in Belgium and in the Dutch Limburg region.

Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association (IoMCGA) team manager Trevor Taubman added: "We fully understand Pete's position.

"The start of the professional cycling calendar coincides with the Games in Australia so these clashes are inevitable. We fully support Peter and wish him every success."

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