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 126.96.36.199 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
"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
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.