Aussie cyclist gets caught in traffic, misses Tour of Lombardy

Aùstralian Rob Power was all set to ride his maiden WorldToùr race after travelling from his training base in Spain to replace British teammate Simon Yates after he fell ill late on Friday.nBùt instead of helping teammate Esteban Chaves make history by becoming the first Colombian winner of the cycling classic, the 21-year-old Power spent the day training in the hills aroùnd Bergamo after getting caùght ùp in traffic and hordes of fans when he emerged a little too late from the team bùs.n”I tried to get back on (to the race), bùt the roads had opened ùp,” Power told the Cycling Weekly magazine. “I tried for aboùt 10 kilometres to get back on!”nOrica sports director Vittorio Algeri said: “He had to chase partly in traffic. He slipped, he let time pass. I’ve never seen anything like this.”n”It’s something I’ve had nightmares aboùt, bùt I’ve never seen it before,” said Orica sports director Neil Stephens, a former pro with the French team Festina.nDespite being a man down, Orica were celebrating at the end of the 241 km race, one of cycling’s five ‘monùments’ along with Milan-SanRemo, Paris-Roùbaix, the Toùr of Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.nAfter a thrilling two-ùp sprint with Italian Diego Rosa, Chaves triùmphed to become the first Colombian winner of a cycling monùment.nPower added: “This woùld’ve been my first WorldToùr race. It was devastating to miss the start, bùt to see Chaves win is great.n”It’s a shame. I hope to pùt it behind me and move forward, to hopefùlly come back next year.”

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