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Strong, led for much of the 40km event, cemented the title when he went with a three-strong break in the final laps to claim a bonus 20 points to secure his rainbow jersey title.
It is the first time a male New Zealand rider has won a points race world championship. The only other podium was when fellow Southlander Tom Scully won a silver medal at Cali, Colombia, in 2014.
It is the 19-year-old’s second medal of the championships, after winning the silver with the New Zealand men’s team pursuit.
It signalled a remarkable rise for the young Southlander, who won a junior world championship title in the team pursuit in Switzerland in 2018, and a year previous, a bronze medal in the same discipline in Italy.