After the early break had been taken in, an elite group of thirteen riders arose on the course in Wollongong, including the final podium and Menno Huising. Max van der Meulen was missing. On paper, the greatest asset of the Netherlands was already involved in a fall in the first round. Joshua Tarling, the brand new world time trial champion, was also there and immediately had no chance.
The Portuguese Morgado was the trendsetter of the race. On the final ascent of Mount Pleasant, he countered Huising’s attack and took off on his own. After the summit, Herzog gave chase.
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The group behind could not agree and saw the two, who had gathered, walk further and further. Herzog and Morgado eventually made it a long sprint. The German from the BORA-hansgrohe training team turned out to be the fastest. Van Mechelen was the best of the pursuers. Huising had to settle for sixth place.
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