Aussie cyclist gets held in traffic, misses Tour of Lombardy

Australian Rob Power was all set to float his lass WorldTour competition after travelling from his training bottom in Spain to reinstate British teammate Simon Yates after he fell ill late on Friday.

But instead of assisting teammate Esteban Chaves make story by apropos a initial Colombian leader of a cycling classic, a 21-year-old Power spent a day training in a hills around Bergamo after removing held adult in trade and hordes of fans when he emerged a small too late from a group bus.

“I attempted to get behind on (to a race), though a roads had non-stop up,” Power told a Cycling Weekly magazine. “I attempted for about 10 kilometres to get behind on!”

Orica sports executive Vittorio Algeri said: “He had to follow partly in traffic. He slipped, he let time pass. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“It’s something I’ve had nightmares about, though I’ve never seen it before,” pronounced Orica sports executive Neil Stephens, a former pro with a French group Festina.

Despite being a male down, Orica were celebrating during a finish of a 241 km race, one of cycling’s 5 ‘monuments’ along with Milan-SanRemo, Paris-Roubaix, a Tour of Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

After a stirring two-up scurry with Italian Diego Rosa, Chaves triumphed to turn a initial Colombian leader of a cycling monument.

Power added: “This would’ve been my initial WorldTour race. It was harmful to skip a start, though to see Chaves win is great.

“It’s a shame. we wish to put it behind me and pierce forward, to hopefully come behind subsequent year.”

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