Bendigo cyclist Jason Lowndes sprinted to sixth place in the under-23 men’s road race at the Road World Championships in Qatar.
Lowndes braved scorching conditions in Doha to be the first Aussie over the line in the sprint finish.
The 10-lap, 165.7 kilometre race was animated by an early breakaway and several chase groups.
The three early escapees were joined by six chasers to make it a group of nine.
Australia’s six-rider squad opted to use their resources to combat the heat.
Coach James Victor divided the team into two distinct groups: the water carriers and the finishers.
When the peleton reeled in the breakaway group inside the final lap, Lowndes came into the finishing stretch on team-mate Miles Scotson’s wheel, and Scotson maneuvered brilliantly through the bunch to bring Lowndes to the front with 100 metres to go.
The Bendigo rider sprinted hard, but was overtaken in the shadows of the winning post.