Back-to-back against the world champion for Durbridge at the Australian time trial championshipWed 8 Jan 2020
West Australian Luke Durbridge has successfully defended his time trial title at the Australian Championships, overcoming world champion Rohan Dennis (Team Ineos) for the second consecutive year.
On a new course in Mount Helen, Durbridge and Dennis were all-but locked together at the intermediate checkpoint, with the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider holding the narrowest of margins, less than half a second, to the rainbow jersey.
It was a strong finish that made the difference for the now four-time national time trial champion, with ‘Turbo Durbo’ powering home to win by an impressive 17seconds.
Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates Michael Hepburn, Damien Howson and Callum Scotson finished fourth, sixth and 12th respectively.
Luke Durbridge – 2020 Australian time trial champion:
“It was a really good day and I’m a proud man to be riding back to Europe wearing the Australian colours for another year.
“It’s always a big benchmark when the world champion rocks up for the national titles and it makes me lift my level.
“I did it again and I really really happy. A lot of work goes into this in December; a lot of support from back home, family, my wife Lara, coach Ben and the team. We all put a lot of effort in to train hard in the off season, but this is why you do it.
“To win the national title is really special to me and I think that going into the Olympics this year that it’s a really good indicator that maybe there’s two spots up for grabs, and that both Rohan and I can take them which would be fantastic.”
Australian Time Trial Championship - Men's Results:
1. Luke Dubridge (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 46:18.8
2. Rohan Dennis (Team Ineos) +17.5
3. Chris Harper (Team Jumbo-Visma) +1:52.3
Photo courtesy of Con Chronis / Zac Williams.