• Brendan Canty solo at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships. (John Veage/Cycling Australia)Source: John Veage/Cycling Australia
Brendan Canty thought he had won the men's road race at the nationals, only for officials to ring the bell for the start of the last lap.
Cycling Central

9 Jan 2017 - 6:07 AM 

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.