Dominant Dennis claims third consecutive time trial title; former winners Durbridge and Porte complete podium
Rohan Dennis (SA/BMC Racing Team) underlined his time trial superiority at the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships, winning his third consecutive Australian title ahead of Luke Durbridge (WA/Mitchelton–Scott) and BMC teammate Richie Porte (TAS).
The final rider to start the undulating 40.9 kilometre out-and-back course, Dennis rode at a blistering tempo to finish over one minute ahead of the rest of the field.
“Coming here and winning it, and wearing the jersey for the rest of the year is an honour,” explained Dennis. “It is hard to win, with guys like Richie, Durbo and Miles. It is a pride thing.
“Obviously we have Richie, Simon and the defending champion with Miles, so I am not sure what the plan is,” admitted Dennis. “I just want to come here and have a good hit-out before the Tour Down Under.”
For West Australian Durbridge, a former two-time champion, a silver medal represented an excellent start to the season after his 2017 campaign was marred by a race-ending crash at the Tour de France. Despite being passed by Dennis in the final kilometres, Durbridge recovered to finish 26 seconds ahead of third-placed Porte.
“When he came past I actually thought it was a bit of a blessing because I had to chase him all the way to the line,” said Durbridge. “He passed me like I was standing still.”
2015 champion Riche Porte will be was pleased to again find the podium in the opening racing of the year having making it two BMC Racing Team riders on the podium.
The Fed Uni Road National Championships continue on Saturday with the under 19 men’s and women’s road races and under 23 men’s.