A disappointed Chloe Hosking has fallen short of her rainbow jersey target in the oppressive heat of Doha, finishing seventh in the women's road race at the world cycling championships.
Hosking was in the thick of the action, finishing in the bunch sprint won by Denmark's Amalie Dideriksen claimed the honours on Saturday by snatching victory from Dutch star Kirsten Wild.
The 134-kilometre race took place in searing heat and saw Finland's Lotta Lepisto third behind Wild, while defending champion Lizzie Deignan was fourth.
"I wasn't quiet about it. I went in wanting the rainbows, and I had the whole team behind me," said Hosking, who praised the Australian contingent who protected until the final stages.
"I'm so grateful that I had such great support from all six of the girls and all the Australian staff, my family, my coach, my partner. And then in the end, I didn't finish it off.
"Obviously I'm super disappointed in my performance, but I'm so proud of how the girls rode and represented Australia.
"They really went in and were so behind me as a leader, and I'm so, so grateful that I had the opportunity to race for the world title."
Hosking was supported in the race by Tiffany Cromwell, Gracie Elvin, Katrin Garfoot, Lauren Kitchen, Loren Rowney and Sarah Roy.
“It’s a little bit underwhelming,” national women’s road coach Martin Barras said. “There’s satisfaction because we acquitted ourselves of everything we said we’d do.
“We came up short in the final lead-out, but by and large, the race unfolded the way we wanted it to, and we did everything we wanted to. It was job well done but no bickies at the end, and that’s always going to be disappointing.”
“I’m proud of my bike racers. This is us. This is it. They brought the proverbial 110 percent and put together a good race. We just couldn’t tie it up at the end.”