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Commonwealth Games 2010: Wales' Rob Partridge pulls out

Rob Partridge
Partridge says Geraint Thomas' withdrawal influenced his thinking

Rob Partridge has joined fellow cyclist Geraint Thomas in withdrawing from the Wales team for the Commonwealth Games.

"There was a lot of stuff raised in the media with the health and security risks," Partridge told BBC Sport Wales.

"The Commonwealth Games will always be a big part of my career, that's why it was such a hard decision, but I have to think of my career first."

The 25-year-old from Wrexham, who raced at the 2006 Games, finished a fine eighth in the recent Tour of Britain.

The Endura Racing man was due to compete in the men's road race and the time trial in Delhi.

"The big issue is that road racers have to compete on the road and go out training on the road," said Partridge.

I still thought that there was an element of risk there

Rob Partridge

"For the last week or two I've been feeling a bit run down after the Tour of Britain - I have a few doubts in my mind and without 100% focus I didn't want to go there.

"Team Wales were really assuring. They obviously realised that there were concerns that had been raised by the media... they did everything they could to reassure people.

"But I still thought that there was an element of risk there. I hope they're not too disappointed at my decision but I feel that it's the right one... I think that my family were relieved."

Partridge suggested that the decision of Olympic champion Thomas - who withdrew citing health concerns including the danger of dengue fever - played a part in his thinking.

"I guess it was [a factor] in a way," said Partridge. "It kind of made me rethink what was going on out there… to see a lot of the English Commonwealth cyclists pulling out as well.

"It's everyone's individual decision in a way, I wouldn't like to think that it reflects on the whole Welsh team.

"I wish the rest of the guys all the best and hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

"That's pretty much my season over now, I've been feeling a bit run down so a bit of rest and recovery won't go amiss.

"I'll take it easy for the next couple of weeks then start building up for next year."

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