Individual Time Trial (ITT) world champion, Rohan Dennis collapsed at home. He failed to win the national championship in the Australian bicycle race on Wednesday (8/1) evening. Ineos’s Rider Team collapsed in the hands of Luke Durbridge.
Dennis returned home with superior status. Dennis is the holder of three national ITT Australia championship titles, namely in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In addition, Dennis is the ITT 2019 world champion.
Dennis also got a good bike, Pinarello Bolide from his new team, Team Ineos. Capitalize the best device, Dennis staying digadang appear mighty in Australia. Unfortunately the results obtained were not as expected.
Drivers Mitchelton-Scott, Luke Durbridge became the best in the championship which was held in Ballarat, Victoria. Durbridge beat the route along the 37.5 kilometers with a record time of 46 minutes 18 seconds.
Dennis was forced to settle for second place with a gap of 18 seconds. While the third place belongs to Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma) with a gap of 1 minute 53 seconds from Durbridge.
This is the third time Dennis fell in the hands of Durbridge. A similar story also occurred at the 2012 ITT Australia national championships, and 2019. Last year Durbridge finished first after winning 21 seconds over Dennis.
Dennis’s failure to be the best at the ITT Australia national championship was commented on by Director of Team Ineos Sports, Brett Lancaster. According to him, Dennis has performed as expected.
“Rohan prepares, and does everything correctly. His attitude is really good. Rohan’s time record is also better than last year, “Lancaster said on the official Team Ineos website.
“But you have to admit that Luke (Durbridge) does deserve to win,” he admitted. Dennis immediately moved to Melbourne to prepare to compete in the Tour Down Under 2020.
Top 10 ITT Australia 2020
1 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:46:19
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Ineos 0:00:18
3. Chris Harper (Aus) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:52
4. Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:02:04
5. Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis 0:02:11
6. Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:02:33
7. Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling 0:02:42
8. Jordan Villani (Aus) Subaru-Giant 0:02:55
9. Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:03:05
10. Dylan Sunderland (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling 0:03:38