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Canty lives out cycling nightmare

AAP logoAAP 8/01/2017 Roger Vaughan

The bell tolled for Brendan Canty, turning his moment of joy into horror.

The 24-year-old had ridden brilliantly in the Australian championships road race on Sunday, helping catch the breakaway group and then launching a solo charge inside the last 20km.

With Luke Durbridge chasing madly, Canty tore down the Buninyong finishing straight with one lap left in the 18-lap, 183.6km race.

Then Canty smiled at the motorbike camera and started pumping his fist.

He thought he had won - until officials rang the bell to signal it was one lap left.

Canty went on to finish seventh.

It was a moment of high drama in a race full of great moments, with Miles Scotson eventually making a bold solo attack to win.

"It's a long, hot day, but with a couple of laps to go you get a bit excited and things get out of hand a bit," Canty said.

"The feeling of thinking you might stay away is super-exciting.

"Then 'you have another lap to go' - the high and low of that, I can't really articulate that right now.

"It's going to be a little bit disappointing for me.

"There's nothing to be ashamed of and I'm really proud of the way I rode today."

Canty, who has joined the WorldTour this year with Cannondale-Drapac, joins a long list of riders who have mistimed their laps.

Anyone who has raced a bike cringed on his behalf and Durbridge had plenty of sympathy for him.

"I saw him free-wheeling across the line and I thought 'I hope to God it's finished, because that would be great, but I know it's not'," Durbridge said.

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