Walls dictated the tempo from the front throughout, refusing to get dragged into the dogfights going on behind him.

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Such an approach runs the risk of your rivals slipstreaming on your back wheel, and then powering past on the line, but the 20-year-old proved too strong as he saw off Portugal’s Rui Oliveira in the final sprint.

It was the perfect antidote after he finished a disappointing seventh in the 15km scratch race on Friday.

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