Nic Dougall was dropped in a late dash for the line on Sunday, after making a gutsy effort in the elite men’s road race at the Road Cycling World Championships in Doha.
The only SA rider to go with an early seven-man break, Dougall held on after the leaders were joined by a chase group, forming a 25-man peloton up front.
Though he clung to the leaders for the entire 257km contest, however, Dougall settled for 18th place in a late sprint, finishing nine seconds behind Peter Sagan of Slovakia who defended his title in 5:40:43.
British rider Mark Cavendish, who competes for SA outfit Dimension Data on the pro circuit, took the silver medal.
Dougall’s performance closed out the SA team’s campaign at the annual global championships, with Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange) and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo Bigla) earning the nation’s only medals by taking bronze in the team time trials with their foreign trade outfits.