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Australians lack cycling punch at finish

Australia lacked the final firepower after doing everything right in the women’s road race at the world road cycling championships.

Alex Manly was their top finisher in 15th place, 13 seconds behind the stunning win over Dutch great Annemiek van Vleuten.

Inside the last three of six laps on the tough Wollongong city circuit, a large peloton was still at the front of the 164.3km race.

Then the Australians launched a succession of attacks just outside 40km to go that ratcheted up the pace and made it clear the battle was on in earnest.

Sarah Roy led the bunch through with two laps to go in a solo charge that took them to the base of the pivotal Mt Pleasant climb.

But when the race fractured on the last two times up Mt Pleasant, no Australians had the legs to go with the key moves.

“That’s fair, that’s what you saw in the race,” said team captain Amanda Spratt.

Despite not featuring in the pulsating finish, the tight-knit Australian team are proud of their performance after trying to set up Manly for the finish.

“It’s a good step in the right direction. We’re really proud of our ride. I don’t think there’s too much we could have changed,” Spratt said.

“In the end, there were stronger riders who managed to stay away.”

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