Last pipped to the medal places in Glasgow

Bakewell cyclist Annie Last.
Bakewell cyclist Annie Last.
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Bakewell’s Annie Last just missed out on a medal placing after a terrific showing in Tuesday’s women’s cross-country final at the Commonwealth Games.

23-year-old Last finished fourth after a late burst through the gears at the Cathkin Braes Trail just outside Glasgow.

The riders raced over six laps of an unforgiving course that was a combination of dirt track, grass and wooded areas.

The cross-country event returned to the Games programme for a third time after an eight-year gap.

Canada’s Catharine Pendrel dominated the race to take gold in a time of one minute, 39.29 seconds.

Pendrel was followed by her team-mate Emily Batty who managed to pull clear of Australian Rebecca Henderson late on to complete a Canadian one-two.

Last kept a steady pace throughout the contest and it was only at the death that she pounced to claim fourth after a strong final lap.

She managed to narrowly pip her Team England colleague Alice Barnes, with a final time of one minute, 42.34 seconds.