Four-time winner Luke Durbridge claimed the silver medal at this year’s Australian time trial championships in his debut outing in the new Team BikeExchange-Jayco colours, as Rohan Dennis claimed victory in Ballarat.
The duo had shared seven of the last 10 TT titles in Australia and the battle for gold was expected to be between the pair yet again. The first half of the 37.5km race saw a tight contest, with Durbridge and Dennis neck and neck according to the roadside reports.
Dennis then upped the pace in the latter stages to take the win, with Durbridge stopping the clock in 46’46” to take his fifth silver medal in the event and his ninth medal in total.
“I was hoping for the win today, but Rohan was on a very good ride, he’s world class and one of the best time trial riders in the world. Sometimes at the Nationals I can get the better of him, but not this year.
I went out after him and it was quite even after the first lap, I was five of six seconds down, but then I just blew up on the second lap and had to limp home. A silver medal is not the end of the world, I was hoping for more, but we’ll be ready for the weekend and hopefully we can get the win in the road race.”
2022 Australian Time Trial Championships – Results:
- Rohan Dennis 45’43”
- Luke Durbridge (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) 46’46”
- Conor Leahy 47’21”
Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.
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