Davis set for Commonwealth Games

ALLAN Davis’ body was crying out for a break after riding the race of his life to claim the bronze medal in the World Road Cycling Championships in Geelong on Sunday.

But there was no time for rest as he headed to Canberra for a training camp in preparation for the road race at the Commonwealth Games this Sunday.

Davis admitted he was “a bit sore” yesterday morning.

“(Sun)day was all adrenalin and hype and it took away the pain but I’m a bit knackered today – it’s not every day you finish third in the world championships, especially in Australia,” Davis said.

The Bundaberg star was “really happy” with his close third, even though it was so near, but yet so far.

“I did everything I could and that’s the main thing,” he said.

His best previous result in the world titles was fifth in Italy, in 2004.

Davis said it was the highlight of his career so far.

“I have won 30 (major) bike races in my career, but this is certainly on top of the list,” he said.

At the age of 30, he believes the best is still ahead of him.

“I don’t think I have ever climbed this good before. My career has turned a bit – I’m getting older and improving in strength and climbs,” he said.

Davis knows his body will recover in plenty of time before chasing the Commonwealth crown in five days, but he admits that it will be tough mentally to be at the same level as at the world’s road race, even though he is renowned for toughness of character.

The Australian road team will arrive in India on Thursday and, even though he has never been there before and will have little time to acclimatise, Davis does not believe that will be an issue.

He hopes to improve on his third in the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

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