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Germany’s Emil Herzog outsprinted António Morgado of Portugal to win the title in the men’s junior road race at the Road World Championships after an exciting eight laps of a 17.1km circuit in Wollongong, Australia.
Morgado launched a solo attack on the final lap but settled for the silver medal as Herzog bridged across from the chasers with 2.4km to go and set up the two-man battle. In the final kilometre, Morgado sat on the German’s wheel, but Herzog punched harder in the final 25 metres to win by a wheel.
In the bunch sprint for the bronze medal, Vlad van Mechelen (Belgium) was the best of a 11 riders. Paul Magnier (France) was fourth and Artem Shmidt (United States) was fifth.
With 42.5km to go, Morgado was part of a chase group that caught an early breakaway, and then powered away from his companions on the final 17km of the 116.1km race.
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