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Durbridge upsets Dennis for cycling win

Luke Durbridge has beaten world champion Rohan Dennis for his third Australian title in the time trial.

Durbridge upsets Dennis for cycling win

Luke Durbridge has beaten world champion Rohan Dennis for his third Australian title in the time trial.

ROHAN DENNIS of Australia crosses the finish line in the Cycling Road Men's Individual Time Trial on of the Rio Olympic Games at Pontal n Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ROHAN DENNIS of Australia crosses the finish line in the Cycling Road Men's Individual Time Trial on of the Rio Olympic Games at Pontal n Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture:Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Upsetting world champion Rohan Dennis makes Luke Durbridge's third Australian time trial win extra special.

Durbridge beat Dennis by a decisive margin of 21 seconds on the last day of the national road cycling championships.


Grace Brown made it a big day for the powerful Mitchelton-Scott team when she won the women's time trial championship for the first time.

They are the first wins for Mitchelton-Scott at this year's nationals and come two days after their upset losses in the men's and women's elite road races.

Durbridge did a power of work in the road race and finished fourth behind his brother-in-law Michael Freiberg and on Tuesday it was his turn to be on the right side of a surprise result.

"It's been a hell of a week - I'm pretty happy," Durbridge said.

The popular West Australian last won the 2012-13 national titles in the discipline.

Dennis had won the past three editions and he was the short-priced favourite again, especially after winning an elusive first world title last September.

"It just solidifies the ride," Durbridge said of beating Dennis.

"If Rohan wasn't here, I'd still be very happy winning the national championship, but with him being here it just adds that little bit of special to the ride.

"I didn't think it would come again."

There were no excuses from Dennis, who took plenty of positives out of his first race for the year.

It was also his debut for the Bahrain-Merida team and the first time he has showcased the rainbow stripes as world champion.

"For me it was a good ride. I was just beaten by a better guy on the day," he said.

Dennis and Durbridge joked that the result means the national champion stripes can be worn in Europe this year.

As world champion, Dennis cannot wear the green and gold hoops.

"I said to him that he doesn't need it. So he may as well let me babysit for one year," Durbridge said.

Cam Meyer won bronze in the 40.9km event at Buninyong, near Ballarat - his same result as the road race.

But this time the emotions were vastly different for the Mitchelton-Scott rider.

Meyer was in tears after blowing a big chance to win the road race title for the first time.

"Today I had to re-set and I'm really happy to get on the podium," he said.

Brown dominated the women's 29km time trial to beat teammate Gracie Elvin by a minute 33 seconds and Kate Perry was third.

Shock women's road race winner Sarah Gigante finished seventh to take out the under-23 national title.

Also on Tuesday, Liam Magennis won the men's under-23 event.

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