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Lucas Plapp wins under-23 men's time trial at Australian National Championships

Second-placed Kelland O'Brien (St Kilda Cycling Club), winner Lucas Plapp and his InForm TM Insight Make teammate Carter Turnbull in third place share the under-23 men's time trial podium at the 2020 Australian Road Championships
Second-placed Kelland O'Brien (St Kilda Cycling Club), winner Lucas Plapp and his InForm TM Insight Make teammate Carter Turnbull in third place share the under-23 men's time trial podium at the 2020 Australian Road Championships (Image credit: Con Chronis / Zac Williams)

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.

Full results
1Lucas Plapp (Aus) InForm TM Insight Make0:37:43
2Kelland O'Brien (Aus) St Kilda Cycling Club0:00:15
3Carter Turnbull (Aus) InForm TM Insight Make0:00:54
4Alastair Christie-Johnston (Aus) Team BridgeLane0:00:58
5Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon0:01:08
6Riley Fleming (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
7Tyler Lindorff (Aus) Team BridgeLane0:01:10
8Rudy Porter (Aus) InForm TM Insight Make0:1:45
9Tom Benton (Aus) InForm TM Insight Make0:01:50
10Connor Sens (Aus) X Speed United0:02:08
11Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:02:14
12Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team0:02:30
13Elliot Schultz (Aus) Memil-CCN Pro Cycling0:02:49
14James Moriarty (Aus) Balmoral Cycling Club0:02:56
15Mackenzie Edwardson (Aus) Team CCS Canberra Men0:03:25
16Rhys Robotham (Aus) Futuro Pro Cycling0:03:38
17Campbell Jones (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:03:43
18Rohan Haydon-Smith (Aus) St George Cycling Club0:03:47
19Oliver Stenning (Aus) South Perth Cycling Club0:04:06
20Sebastian Barrett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:04:08
21Thomas Gough (Aus) Darling Downs Cycling Club0:04:17
22Luke Wight (Aus) Midland Cycle Club0:04:21
23Oliver Murray (Aus) Rauland Development Team0:04:48
24Liam Walsh (Aus) Futuro Pro Racing0:05:06
25Jared Madsen (Aus) Avantias Pro Cycling0:05:15
26Tom Chester (Aus) Rauland Development Team
27Callum Pearce (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
28Kael Thomas (Aus) Norwood Cycling Club0:05:41
29William Pender-Buchan (Aus) Avantias Pro Cycling0:05:48
30Hayden Turton (Aus) Midland Cycle Club0:05:56
31Will Thomas (Aus) Hawthorn Cycling Club0:06:19
32Edwin Britts (Aus) Dulwich Hill Cycling Club0:06:38
33Tom Sharp (Aus) Albury Wodonga Panthers Cycling Club0:07:19
34Travis O'Brien (Aus) Ballarat Sebastapol Cycling Club0:10:07
35James Thomas (Aus) Bundaberg Cycling Club0:10:48
36Nicholas Torney (Aus) Cobram Barooga Cycling Club0:13:42
DNFJordan Louis (Aus) Memil-CCN Pro Cycling
DNFDaniel Di Domenico (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast

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