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Rider celebrates 'winning' Aussie national road race championship - but there was still a lap to go

"I'll learn from it," says Cannondale-Drapac's Brendan Canty ...

Cannondale-Drapac rider Brendan Canty celebrated a solo win in the men's Australian national road race championship today - only to learn as the bell was rung that there was still a lap of the circuit to go.

The 24-year-old, who had attacked on what he thought was the last climb of the day, was being chased by Orica-Scott's Luke Durbridge  had attacked from, reports SBS.

He watched as Canty started pumping his fist to celebrate his 'victory' as well as flashing a smile at the TV camera.

Durbridge said after the race: "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'."

Pro cyclists celebrating a victory too early when a race is on a circuit happens more often at top level than one might think.

In 2014, Spanish rider Eloy Teruel of the US-based Jamis team thought he had won a stage of the Tour of California as he crossed the line with one lap remaining.

And at last year's German national championship Martin Gluth, a mountain biker who had switched disciplines and was riding his first big race on the road, believed he had beaten stars such as eventual winner Andre Greipel to the line as he celebrated a lap early.

Reflecting on what had happened, Canty said: "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.

"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," he conceded.

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

With the race regrouping in the final lap, it looked likely to come down to a bunch sprint.

But BMC Racing'ss 22-year-old signing Miles Scotson, riding his first professional race, attacked inside the final 2 kilometres and held on to win.

Canty, meanwhile, came seventh.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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korblimey | 7 years ago

Give the guy a Canty - lever - break. Please.

Zebra | 7 years ago

I saw most of the last lap of the race, and the interviews afterwards.  I give Canty major points for the way he conducted himself in what must have been very disappointing and embarrassing circumstances.  He stayed positive and maintained dignity thorughout, when others might have been too upset to speak, or looked for some sort of excuse......

J90 | 7 years ago

More like Brendan Cunty.

I'm here all week.

stenmeister | 7 years ago
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As close to winning as Cannondale will get this year yes

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