South Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC) has dominated the Buninyong time trial circuit today to claim gold ahead of team mate Richie Porte at the 2016 Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships.
Dennis, a recent world hour record holder, scorched across the 40.9 km course in a blistering time of 51:13.30, 38 seconds ahead of Porte and 1:35 ahead of bronze medalist Victorian Sean Lake.
It was fourth time lucky for Dennis, who was ecstatic to finally take the top step in his favorite event.
“I’ve always dreamt of winning at the Aussie nationals. I’ve won at the under 23 level and now I’ve got a senior medal and can wear the green and gold in every time trial this year. It’s a real honour. It’s probably a bit early to celebrate, with Sunday’s road race still to come, but it’s definitely a job well done.”
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“While Orica GreenEdge obviously have the numbers, I think Richie and I can still have a big influence over the race. Richie’s in great form, I’m riding well – you saw that today – so anything can happen. There’s only two of us, but don’t write us off!”
In the Elite Women’s event, Queensland’s Katrin Garfoot claimed her first National title in a dominant display that saw her win by a comfortable 46-second margin over 4-time champion Shara Gillow, and a full 90 seconds ahead of bronze medalist Tiffany Cromwell.