Pre-race favourites Max van der Meulen and Josh Tarling had been caught in a nasty crash that derailed their rainbow jersey hopes on the UCI Highway World Championships.
Moist climate in Wollongong added a level of hazard to proceedings within the junior males’s street race on Friday.
And a small clip of wheels led to main ramifications for the main riders because the Dutch and British stars paid a heavy worth.
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“Oh, that was a giant crash,” commentator Anthony McCrossan mentioned on Stan Sport.
“Josh Tarling is down and likewise one of many favourites, maybe the favorite, Max van der Meulen is down.”
Tarling, who gained gold within the time trial on Tuesday, confirmed immense bravery and skill to rejoin the peloton whereas bloodied and bruised.
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He finally bowed out after 4 laps of the 135km course and Germany’s Emil Herzog went on to assert the title in an exciting dash end with Portugal’s Antonio Morgado.
The pair are teammates with Hagens Berman Axeon and with 1.9km left Herzog turned to Morgado and requested “can I win?”
The reply was sure as Mordago made his transfer with 400m to go however Herzog had sufficient juice for a closing reply.
German takes gold in thrilling end
“The German will get it on the road!” McCrossan mentioned.
“Lastly he managed to get previous Morgado. A good dash however what a race that was.”
Vlad van Vechelen took bronze for Belgium from a bunch dash but it surely was the German’s day.
“I labored exhausting for this,” Herzog mentioned.
“I believe final 12 months I had a little bit of unhealthy luck. As we speak all the pieces went excellent.
“I nonetheless cannot consider it that all the pieces labored out so properly and that I am now a world champion. That sounds so unreal.”
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