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by Shane Stokes
January 6, 2018
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BUNINYONG, Australia (CT) – Rohan Dennis (BMC) will wear the green and gold bands of Australian time trial champion for a third year running after a dominant win in Buninyong today.
In hot condititions, Dennis blasted through the 40.9km out-and-back course in a time of 51:13, stopping the clock 1:08 ahead of silver medallist Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) and a further 35 seconds clear of bronze medallist — and teammate — Richie Porte.
Dennis took a different approach to his lead-in to the Australian summer this time around, but that approach appears to have paid dividends. “I’ve been in Europe a lot longer,” the South Australian said. “The main concern was the heat for me and how I was going to cope today. So I’m glad I handled it quite well and came home with the win.”
Dennis had been the last rider to roll down the start ramp and set out to reel in those ahead of him on the road. Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data) set the early mark, before being trumped by Katusha-Alpecin recruit Nathan Haas.
Haas’ time of 53:36 earned him a spell in the hot seat before Porte came through 38 seconds faster. But when Dennis crossed the line just behind teammate Miles Scotson, it was enough to put 27-year-old Dennis at the top of the leaderboard and out of reach of his rivals.
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