Glasgow 2014: Wales cycling team 'strongest in Games history'

Luke Rowe and Jon Mould riding for Wales at the Delhi Commonwealth Games
Luke Rowe says Wales have to be ambitious heading into the Commonwealth Games

Luke Rowe says Wales has never had such a strong Commonwealth Games cycling team as will compete in Glasgow.

Rowe, who finished fourth in Sunday's British Cycling National Championships road race, is one of 16 riders in the Wales team for this summer's event.

The 24-year-old said: "I think it's the strongest Welsh team in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

"Everyone is going on about the Aussies and the English and the Manx but we're as strong as any of them."

The Isle of Man's Commonwealth Games team boasts Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh, who won the Abergavenny men's road race.

Wales have taken two cycling medals in each of the last three Commonwealth Games, a haul of six medals that outweighs the five total achieved before 2002, yet only two cyclists have achieved gold - Louise Jones in 1990 and Nicole Cook in 2002.

To be the most successful Welsh cycling team in history, the 2014 competitors will have to do better than Cook and Huw Pritchard in Manchester 2002, where they took gold and silver respectively.

Rowe is hoping that the likes of double Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas, who didn't compete in Delhi amid hygiene concerns, and world team pursuit champion Elinor Barker can lead Wales to their best cycling medal haul yet.

Rowe added: "We can go head-to-head with any of them.

"We don't need to be afraid of anyone - we can take them all on.

"We've got to go in ambitious. You can sit here and say you've got a strong team, so with a strong team you want medals.

"We'll go there aiming to win the race, if not get a medal. But for sure we'll give 100% and see what we come out with."

Rowe and fellow Team Sky rider, double Olympic champion Geraint Thomas, will compete as part of the men's road team along with Scott Davies, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison and Jon Mould.

Wales initially named 17 riders to compete at the Games, but two-time world champion Becky James pulled out after aggravating a knee injury.

Wales cycling team

Women's track:

Elinor Barker (Cardiff); Amy Hill (Newport); Ciara Horne (Kenilworth); Hayley Jones (Port Talbot) and Amy Roberts (Carmarthen).

Women's road:

Elinor Barker (Cardiff); Amy Hill (Newport); Ciara Horne (Kenilworth); Hayley Jones (Port Talbot) and Amy Roberts (Carmarthen).

Men's track:

Owain Doull (Cardiff); Sam Harrison (Risca); Jon Mould (Newport) and Lewis Oliva (Monmouthshire).

Men's road:

Scott Davies (Carmarthen); Owain Doull (Cardiff); Sam Harrison (Risca); Jon Mould (Newport); Luke Rowe (Cardiff) and Geraint Thomas (Cardiff).

Men's para-track:

Matt Ellis (Nottingham) and Ieuan Williams (Cardiff) - Pilot.

Women's para-cycling track:

Rhiannon Henry (Bridgend) and Rachel James (Abergavenny) - Pilot.

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