Commonwealth Games drama for Manx cyclist in Men's Road Race

Sam Brand with Manx Radio's Chris Cave and Jo Pack

Brand helped out by spectator

Manx cyclist Sam Brand was helped out by a spectator during the Men's Road Race at the Commonwealth Games in Australia this morning.

After a crash saw him land heavily, someone watching the race lent him a bike.

It was not enough to take him to the finish though, and he joined fellow Manx riders Mathew Bostock and Nathan Draper who also failed to finish.

In the end the host nation dominated the men's race, although Manx riders Jake Kelly and Leon Mazzone were still in contention into the final lap.

But a strong breakaway saw gold for Australia, silver for Wales and bronze for South Africa.

Kelly finished 32nd with Leon Mazzone a further two places back.

Thomas Mazzone finished in 50th place.

Speaking after his race came to an abrupt end, Brand reflected on what had happened.

Earlier in the Women's Cycling Road Race Lizzie Holden registered a top 20 finish with Anna Christian finishing in 28th position.

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