Last year's silver medallist, Lucas Plapp (InForm TM Insight Make), went one better to win the under-23 time trial at the Australian Road Championships on Wednesday afternoon, beating St Kilda's Kelland O'Brien by 15 seconds, with Plapp's InForm teammate Carter Turnbull almost a minute back in third.
Mackenzie Edwardson (Team CCS Canberra Men) made the early running with a fine 41:08 over the 28.6km race, and his time held until it was swept decisively aside by the arrival of new Hagens Berman Axeon signing Jarrad Drizners, who won the under-23 criterium title in 2019, and had finished fifth in the time trial, but was starting mid-way through the 38 starters this year.
His 38:52 would give him fifth place once more by the end of the afternoon, but it held until Turnbull came home in 38:38.
Third-to-last man off, Alastair Christie-Johnston (Team BridgeLane), was unable to unseat Turnbull, which guaranteed Turnbull at least a bronze medal, which was indeed what he would end up with.
O'Brien then set the new best time with 37:58, leaving just Plapp – the silver medallist in the junior men's time trial at the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria – to bring it home as the last man left on the course, and with ample time up his sleeve to celebrate a job well done.
|1||Lucas Plapp (Aus) InForm TM Insight Make||0:37:43|
|2||Kelland O'Brien (Aus) St Kilda Cycling Club||0:00:15|
|3||Carter Turnbull (Aus) InForm TM Insight Make||0:00:54|
|4||Alastair Christie-Johnston (Aus) Team BridgeLane||0:00:58|
|5||Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon||0:01:08|
|6||Riley Fleming (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing|
|7||Tyler Lindorff (Aus) Team BridgeLane||0:01:10|
|8||Rudy Porter (Aus) InForm TM Insight Make||0:1:45|
|9||Tom Benton (Aus) InForm TM Insight Make||0:01:50|
|10||Connor Sens (Aus) X Speed United||0:02:08|
|11||Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing||0:02:14|
|12||Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team||0:02:30|
|13||Elliot Schultz (Aus) Memil-CCN Pro Cycling||0:02:49|
|14||James Moriarty (Aus) Balmoral Cycling Club||0:02:56|
|15||Mackenzie Edwardson (Aus) Team CCS Canberra Men||0:03:25|
|16||Rhys Robotham (Aus) Futuro Pro Cycling||0:03:38|
|17||Campbell Jones (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing||0:03:43|
|18||Rohan Haydon-Smith (Aus) St George Cycling Club||0:03:47|
|19||Oliver Stenning (Aus) South Perth Cycling Club||0:04:06|
|20||Sebastian Barrett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast||0:04:08|
|21||Thomas Gough (Aus) Darling Downs Cycling Club||0:04:17|
|22||Luke Wight (Aus) Midland Cycle Club||0:04:21|
|23||Oliver Murray (Aus) Rauland Development Team||0:04:48|
|24||Liam Walsh (Aus) Futuro Pro Racing||0:05:06|
|25||Jared Madsen (Aus) Avantias Pro Cycling||0:05:15|
|26||Tom Chester (Aus) Rauland Development Team|
|27||Callum Pearce (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing|
|28||Kael Thomas (Aus) Norwood Cycling Club||0:05:41|
|29||William Pender-Buchan (Aus) Avantias Pro Cycling||0:05:48|
|30||Hayden Turton (Aus) Midland Cycle Club||0:05:56|
|31||Will Thomas (Aus) Hawthorn Cycling Club||0:06:19|
|32||Edwin Britts (Aus) Dulwich Hill Cycling Club||0:06:38|
|33||Tom Sharp (Aus) Albury Wodonga Panthers Cycling Club||0:07:19|
|34||Travis O'Brien (Aus) Ballarat Sebastapol Cycling Club||0:10:07|
|35||James Thomas (Aus) Bundaberg Cycling Club||0:10:48|
|36||Nicholas Torney (Aus) Cobram Barooga Cycling Club||0:13:42|
|DNF||Jordan Louis (Aus) Memil-CCN Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Daniel Di Domenico (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast|
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