Hosking seventh in world road race title
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A disappointed Chloe Hosking has fallen short of her rainbow jersey target in the oppressive heat of Doha, finishing seventh in the women's road race at the world cycling championships.
Hosking was in the thick of the action, finishing in the bunch sprint won by Denmark's Amalie Dideriksen claimed the honours on Saturday by snatching victory from Dutch star Kirsten Wild.
The 134-kilometre race took place in searing heat and saw Finland's Lotta Lepisto third behind Wild, while defending champion Lizzie Deignan was fourth.
"I wasn't quiet about it. I went in wanting the rainbows, and I had the whole team behind me," said Hosking, who praised the Australian contingent who protected until the final stages.
"I'm so grateful that I had such great support from all six of the girls and all the Australian staff, my family, my coach, my partner. And then in the end, I didn't finish it off.
"Obviously I'm super disappointed in my performance, but I'm so proud of how the girls rode and represented Australia.
"They really went in and were so behind me as a leader, and I'm so, so grateful that I had the opportunity to race for the world title."
Eri Yonamine of Japan set the early pace and American Amber Neben made a late break but on a flat course the peloton comfortably closed on both to set up the sprint finish.