Portland's Shannon Malseed helps Australian teammate ride to road race gold at Commonwealth Games

OFF AND RACING: Portland export Shannon Malseed leads the Australian team out at the start of the women's road race at the Commonwealth games on the Gold Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled
OFF AND RACING: Portland export Shannon Malseed leads the Australian team out at the start of the women's road race at the Commonwealth games on the Gold Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled

In cycling it’s more about the team than the individual and on Saturday Portland export Shannon Malseed displayed that, as she helped lay the foundations for national teammate Chloe Hosking to win gold in the Commonwealth Games road race.

Malseed, who now lives in Ballarat and has recently joined pro-cycling team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank, set the pace early and worked tirelessly at the front of the peloton to thin out the field in a largely supporting team role.

The national road race champion’s job was completed on the second last climb of the race, leaving Hosking in the hands of fellow Australian teammates Gracie Elvin, Katrin Garfoot and Tiffany Cromwell to deliver her to the line.

Hosking took top stop on the podium winning a bunched sprint to the line, with New Zealand's Georgia Williams in second and Wales’ Danielle Rowe in third - covering the 118-kilometre race in three hours, two minutes, 18 seconds.

Malseed finished 3 minutes and 22 seconds behind Hosking to finish 24th in her Commonwealth Games and national road cycling team debut after securing the national title in Buninyong in January.