Australian Road Championships: Rohan Dennis blitzes field to take out elite men's time trial

Rohan Dennis won the elite men's time trial at the 2022  Australian national road race championships, debuting in his new Jumbo-Visma colours with a dominating ride to secure the elite national title for a fourth time. 

Dennis had a clear upper hand in the battle with Luke Durbridge this time, finishing in 45:33, that was one minute and 13 seconds ahead of the  BikeExchange-Jayco rider. Connor Leahy (InForm TMX MAKE) came third at one minute and nearly 48 seconds back from Dennis.

Dennis and Durbridge have been locked in a long running battle for the Australian time trial national title for a number of years, with the pair having stood side by side on the top two steps of the elite time trial podium at Road Nationals six times. Both now have four elite national time trial titles to their name. 

Durbridge, who is known for his ability to excel in January, had won the previous two times the pair met at the race, 2019 and 2020, but Dennis was determined to take the green and gold striped jersey to his new team, Jumbo-Visma, this time.

“They put a lot of faith in me," said Dennis after the podium presentation. 

"To come in and show respect to that and put all my effort in – not that I haven’t every other year – but to really knuckle down on every little detail to perform for them straight away was really important.” 

The elite men’s time trial was run over 37.5km, with 2 laps of a course that started and finished at the Federation University’s Mount Helen campus. It included some sharp turns and more than 200 metres of elevation on each lap in the testing evening race.

It was clear even before the first lap was over that Dennis, who took bronze in the discipline at the Tokyo Olympic Games and has twice won the world title, was the man to beat. He’d already passed the rider who started a minute ahead before the midpoint and that wasn’t the last rider he overtook either before taking out the national title, which he last did in 2018.

It was the second year in a row Durbridge had stood on the second step of the podium. In 2020 Luke Plapp won the elite title while still an Under 23 rider. 

The 21-year-old was, however, unable to defend the title after being a close contact of a COVID-19 case. The new Ineos Grenadiers rider is however, expected to be able to make it in time for the road race.  

The time trials opened up the competition for the national titles, with the elite road races in Buninyong complete the racing on Sunday.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jumbo Visma 0:45:34
2Luke Durbridge (Aus) Bike Exchange Jayco 0:01:13
3Conor Leahy (Aus) Inform TMX Make 0:01:48
4Jordan Villani (Aus) Victorian Institute of Sport 0:02:34
5Alastair Christie-Johnston (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:02:44
6Kane` Richards (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:03:35
7Riley Fleming (Aus) st George Continental Cycling Team 0:03:40
8Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Ukyo 0:03:45
9Daniel Luke (Aus) 0:04:37
10Nicholas Squillari (Aus) 0:05:06
11Bentley Niquet-Olden (Aus) Oliver'S Real Food Racing 0:05:11
12Lucas Hoffman (Aus) Whyalla Cycling Club 0:05:30
13Marc Williams (Aus) CCs Cycling 0:05:30
14Patrick SaCCani-Williams (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:06:09
15Matthew Sherwin 0:06:17
16Oliver Stenning (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:06:43
17Charly McMillan (Aus) Albury Wodonga Cc 0:11:08
18Reece-Emerson van Beek 0:19:44
19Brodie Talbot (Aus) 0:20:17
20Samuel Krajnik (Aus) Nomansland 0:25:22
DNSNick White (Aus) Team Bridgelane
DNSLucas Plapp (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
DNSJack Aitken (Aus)

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