Commonwealth Games 2018: Cyclist Melissa Lowther ‘gutted’ as Team England forget to enter her for women’s time trial

ENGLAND’S Commonwealth Games bosses have issued a grovelling apology to bike owner Melissa Lowther after forgetting to enter her for today’s time trial.

The 21-yr-previous street racer was left “gutted” by the executive cock-up which prevented her from competing in her strongest occasion, whereas her group-mate Hayley Simmonds clinched bronze.

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And Chef de Mission Sarah Winckless has ordered a direct investigation into the fiasco.

Lowther was solely informed of the blunder on the eve of her huge race after months of coaching for the occasion in Australia’s Gold Coast.

And although she is eligible to participate within the women’s street race on Saturday, she continues to be livid at her absence from today’s race.

Team England bosses appealed to the Commonwealth Games Federation on Monday night time once they realised that they hadn’t submitted Lowther’s identify for the time trial.

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However she was refused permission to be a part of as a late entry and fumed on Instagram: “I can’t put into phrases how dissatisfied I’m to have been missed off the beginning record due to an administrative error.

“It was certainly one of my targets this season to make choice for the Time Trial occasion and I used to be so proud that my exhausting work in coaching had paid off.

“Whereas Team England has apologised, I’m nonetheless gutted not to have the chance to symbolize my nation after all of the onerous miles I’ve put in.”

Purple-confronted group chief Winckless stated in a press release: “I’ve spoken to Melissa to supply my honest apologies to her, her coaches and to British biking.

“Melissa has educated exhausting for and targeted on this race and it ought to by no means be the case that an error on our half prevents an athlete displaying what she will do.

 England's Hayely Simmonds clinched bronze behind Australia's Karin Garfoot and New Zealand's Linda Villumsen

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England's Hayely Simmonds clinched bronze behind Australia's Karin Garfoot and New Zealand's Linda Villumsen
 Australia, New Zealand and England made it a 1-2-3 on the podium on the Gold Coast

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Australia, New Zealand and England made it a 1-2-three on the rostrum on the Gold Coast

“We appealed to the Commonwealth Games Federation to permit Melissa into the race it was not attainable at such brief discover.

“Team England might be conducting a evaluation to perceive how the state of affairs has arisen and the way it may be prevented from occurring once more.”

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ENGLAND’S Commonwealth Games bosses have issued a grovelling apology to bike owner Melissa Lowther after forgetting to enter her for today’s time trial.

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