MILTON WINDS UP SUMMER CAMPAIGN
Paralympic ski champion Michael Milton wound up his Paralympic Games campaign today, riding in his first international road race.
Finishing in 21st place with a time of 22.214.171.124 over the 60.5km event, Milton said he really enjoyed the experience.
"I'm generally pretty happy with my performance," Milton said. "It was a good experience to be part of an international road race for the first time. I hope to be fitter and stronger next time."
But he didn't think, realistically, he would be back for London in 2012.
"I will be 39 in London, I will have two kids - at this stage it's unlikely," he said.
He was looking forward to returning to his familiy in Canberra, with his wife pregant with their second child.
"I'm kind of looking forward to getting back home to my family," he said.
"It will be straight back into training for me and hopefully I will get some time off in December."
Meanwhile, gold medalist Michael Gallagher grabbed Australia's 50th medal today, with a hard-fought bronze in the men's road race.
Gallagher, 29, of Mornington in Victoria, was involved in a tight four-man sprint to the finish at the end of the grueling 72.6km ride - with less than a second separating the cyclists.
Italy's Fabio Triboli won gold, ahead of France's David Mercier.
Beijing triple medalist Chris Scott, 39, of Parkinson in Queensland, came in 14th place.
"I'm pretty tired," said Gallagher.
"It was a hard race but it's good to get a medal.
"We did a lot of training on the road."
Scottish-born Gallagher - who won gold in the 4000m individual pursuit on Monday - said the road race was fast from the start.
"On the last lap I attacked with about six kilometres to go," he said.
"I was away by myself until the last kilometer and got caught by three riders.
"It was a bunch of four sprinting for the finish.
"I didn't have much legs left in the sprint but it was great to get the bronze medal."
He said he was looking forward to finally celebrating, now that his Paralympic Games competition is over.
"I'll celebrate, go to a few parties, and have a bit of a break so when I go back I'll be refreshed next year," he said.
"I was probably a little bit disappointed with my kilometre time trial, but every other event was good - (it was) a PB for the team sprint…I managed to get gold in the pursuit.
"It was successful and a great experience."
Australia's other competitor today in the road cycling, Mel Leckie, came in eighth place in the women's 36.3km road race.