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Cycling - 09. October 2010.

Flat course favours sprinters in Cycling Road Races

A flat but technical course sets the scene for a sprint finish in the Women’s and Men’s Cycling Road Races at Sansad Marg in Central Delhi on Sunday.

But a mixed field of elite professionals from Europe coupled with young international teams from Africa and Asia could make for an unpredictable race, offering chances of victory to the riders who take the initiative with breakaway attacks.

There is no major elevation gain on the 13.7 km circuit, but the course is laden with sharp corners and sweeping turns that are ideal for attacks to be launched as the course loops past iconic sights such as Connaught Place and India Gate.

The women will race eight laps covering a total of 112 km while the men will race 12 laps covering 168 km.

Nicole Cooke of Wales is the favourite for the Women’s Road Race in the morning.

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