Rohan Dennis the new Australian time trial Champion

Kev Monks07 Jan 2016 15:49

Rohan Dennis, as expected, became the Australian National Time Trial Champion today.

Dennis, again, started as favourite and was quickest at the intermediate time and kept going to finish in a time of 51.13, beating his new BMC team mate Richie Porte by thirty eight seconds and Avanti's Sean Lake by 1.34.

Dennis, who won the opening stage of the 2015 Tour De France, is quoted by cyclingnews.com as saying about his victory: It's obviously always a dream to win Aussie nationals.

"I've won under 23 and now I have a senior medal and to be able to wear the green and gold in every time trial is a true honour. Obviously, Sunday's still to come and there is still a jersey so we can't celebrate tonight but we can have a small celebration and say 'job well done' for Thursday.

"[It's the] Monkey off the back now in seniors you could say now, it's a good day"

"If you take into account the weight, the power was higher today than last year but I paced it better and I didn't blow.. "It was me riding a smarter race. I rode quicker than last year but the wind was opposite so it's hard to gauge. If it was the same conditions as last year, I'd be able to tell you pretty exactly."

"Look at my hour record and the way I paced that compared to Jack," . "We probably averaged fairly similar average power but he went out and was in the red earlier and for longer. So this year I think I went out a lot easier and came home a lot stronger so it's a whole different feeling. You feel like you still have some energy at the finish, you're not 30 minutes in your absolute max, you try and hold back and finish strong."

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