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Durbridge points to rivalry with Dennis as main motivation after Australian Time Trial victory

Durbridge points to rivalry with Dennis as main motivation after Australian Time Trial victory

09/01/2020 at 14:25Updated 09/01/2020 at 14:33

Luke Durbridge says beating time trial world champion Rohan Dennis was his main motivation during his victory in the Australian National Time Trial Championships on Wednesday.

Riding for Mitchelton-Scott, Durbridge beat the time trial world champion Dennis by 18 seconds to land a fourth career title in Victoria.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s always a big benchmark when the world champion rocks up for the national titles and it makes me lift my level.

“A lot of work goes into this in December, a lot of support from back home, family, my wife Lara, coach Ben and the team.

" "We all put a lot of effort in to train hard in the off-season but this is why you do it.""

Durbridge was victorious on the 37.5km course after he clocked an average speed of 48.596km/h to claim first place ahead of Dennis, who won the national event in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

It was Durbridge's second consecutive win in the event having also beaten Dennis to the title in 2019 by a 22-second margin.

Durbridge said: “To win the national title is really special to me and I think that going into the Olympics this year that it’s a really good indicator that maybe there’s two spots up for grabs, and that both Rohan and I can take them which would be fantastic.”

He now has four Australian ITT titles to his name, having won his first back in 2012.