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by Matt de Neef
December 12, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant victorious at Essen CX meet; BMC confirms its 2017 roster; Astana reveals its final roster for the 2017 season; Bardet’s Giro plans on hold, will again race the Tour in 2017; Nathan Haas on learning from Edvald Boasson-Hagen; Sean Lake targeting Australian Road Nationals time trial; Parcours revealed for 2017 Tour de Romandie; David Rebellin signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es Continental team; Ag2r-La Mondiale trainee killed while hiking; How wildcard places were awarded in WorldTour races in 2016.
It was an impressive performance in January 2016 when Sean Lake (Avanti IsoWhey) earned himself a spot on the Australian Road Nationals time trial podium alongside BMC pair Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte. In 2017, the former rower is hoping for a repeat performance, if not an improvement.
“I have changed quite a lot since this time last year with bike set up and positioning all completely different with a lot more time to refine it to without doing anything major in the wind tunnel,” Lake told Cyclingnews. “My body as well is a lot more used to it and since I got back from our overseas trip this year I have managed to lose a few kilos as well, which on this time trial course should help quite a lot.”
BMC will again have the favourites for the Australia National time trial title, with Rohan Dennis, Richie Porte and Miles Scotson all with a shot at victory, but Lake is focused on the things he can control.
“Those guys and I am sure Orica will have a couple of good guys gunning for it as always. There will be super, super hot competition of course, which is great,” he said. “But I like to think if I was to compare to last year, I would say the changes and improvement could put me in a very competitive spot with those guys. Knowing they are world-class athletes they can always come and go a lot faster so I’ll keep the focus on my process, and what I can do.”
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