Howson fourth in national time trial championship

Thu 7 Jan 2016

2013 under-23 world time trial champion Damien Howson has finished in fourth place in the Mars Cycling Australia Time Trial Championship this afternoon.

Howson lined up against tough competition including Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte and the BMC pair proved too strong for the field taking out the top two positions.

Victoria’s Sean Lake was a surprise bronze medalist ahead of a disappointed Howson.

“To be honest I am a little disappointed in the ride I was able to produce today,” Howson said after the finish. “I had a pretty good summer of training leading up to the nationals, better than past years, so I came in with pretty high expectations on myself to at least run a podium today.”

“To fall short is a bit disappointing but all in all I can take a few lessons away from today in how I rode and tactics going into the ride and there are definitely improvements I can make in order to improve my time trialing ability.

“Having said that, the guys on the podium had a really strong ride today and full credit to them. Now I am looking forward to Sunday, having a great ride and making sure one of the ORICA-GreenEDGE guys are on the top step of the podium and bring that Australian champion’s jersey but to Europe with us.”

Howson’s finishing time was one-minute 15.5seconds behind that of gold medalist Dennis (51:13.30). Porte (51:52.06) was the next best to Dennis 38.7seconds adrift with Lake (52:48.27) one-minute 34.9seconds behind.

The Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships conclude with the road race on Sunday.

Mars Cycling Australia Time Trial Championships – Race Results:

1. Rohan Dennis (SA) 51:13.30
2. Richie Porte (TAS) +38.7
3. Sean Lake (VIC) +1:34.9
4. Damien Howson (SA) +1:51.5