Australian cyclist misses start of race, trains instead

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MILAN: A professional cyclist drafted in late for last weekend’s Tour of Lombardy won’t forget his maiden WorldTour event, after getting caught up in traffic and missing the start. Australian Rob Power was all set to ride his maiden WorldTour race after travelling from his training base in Spain to replace British teammate Simon Yates after he fell ill late on Friday. But 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 around Bergamo after getting caught up in traffic and hordes of fans when he emerged a little too late from the team bus. “I tried to get back on (to the race), but the roads had opened up,” Power told the Cycling Weekly magazine. “I tried for about 10 kilometers to get back on!”

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