Team manager Tony Harding had assured the 24 year old rider that he had the race in the bag. However, it was not to be.
Dizzy and lightheaded, van Musschenbroek retired to the medical tent after having crossed the finish to await the results.
He stated that there was nothing more he could have done to secure a better finish in the race.
“Kent Main did a fantastic job to pull back the time and there’s nothing I could have done – I could have not gone any harder nor put in any more effort.
Surrounded by well wishers and his team managers as he recovered, van Muscchenbroek tried to get in contact with his mother in order to calm his nerves.
“It was a rollercoaster of emotions and it was probably the longest fifteen minutes of my life.”
Photo: Robert Ward