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Rohan Dennis scores hat-trick Australian time trial success

Joe Robinson
5 Jan 2018

A third successive title clinched for Dennis in a dominant performance, Garfoot retains women's title

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) scored a hat-trick of Australian National Championships time trials with a dominant performance that saw him finish 1 minute 8 seconds ahead of his rivals.

The time trial specialist powered to the win, distancing second place Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) by over a minute and putting 1 minute 44 seconds into teammate Richie Porte, who rounded out the podium.

Dennis averaged an incredible 47.9km/h over the 40.9km out and back course set in Ballarat, finishing with an unbeatable time of 51:14.

The South Australian will no doubt be happy with his form heading into this weekend's road race and then the first WorldTour race of the year, the Tour Down Under, a race Dennis has previously won in 2015.

Speaking at the finish line, the 27-year-old was understated in his celebration albeit proud to have fended of the tough competition and clinch a third jersey.

'I've been in Europe a lot longer and the main concern for me was the heat and how I was going to cope today. So, I'm glad I handled it quite well and came home with the win,' he said.

'To come here, win it and wear the jersey for the rest of the year is an honour. It's hard to win as you see with guys like Richie Porte, Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) and Miles Scotson, who is up and coming and improving every year.'

Despite being a former champion, Richie Porte will no doubt be happy with the bronze medal. After a horrific crash at last year's Tour de France, the Tasmanian has had limited riding with this being his first time trial since that ill-fated race.

Porte told of his relief to finally be able to race at full tilt again before looking forward to racing the road race with new teammates.

'It's been a long time since I really raced hard and today was such a hard day. It's a hard course at the best of times but with that heat, it was a nice little hit out. The podium was the big goal and it was a good result for me,' Porte said.

'The time trial was a good show of form for us [BMC Racing] going into the road race on Sunday and I'm looking forward to racing with Simon Gerrans instead of against him.'

In the women's event, Katrin Garfoot emulated Dennis taking a third successive time trial victory.

The 36-year old obliterated the field finishing 2 minutes 29 seconds ahead of closest rival Lucy Kennedy.  The double World Championship medalist from 2017 will look to retain her road title this weekend in what would be a historic double-double achievement.