Australian Championships Road Race: Breakaway Finish10. January 2016, Buninyong, Victoria (AUS) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team’s Australian duo Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte failed to finish today’s road race at the Australian Road Championships, which was won by Trek Factory Racing’s Jack Bobridge.
It was the first road race in BMC Racing Team kit for Porte, who abandoned on lap 12, followed by Dennis, who withdrew in the final lap of the race.
“There was obviously a big break away that went away on lap one. We didn’t go on it. We were marked men, Richie and I, and then we just sat back and took a gamble on the fact that GreenEdge would have to bring it back and they left their run too late. We played that card, it’s worked other years but hasn’t worked this year,” Dennis explained.
The road race follows Dennis’ gold medal in the Individual Time Trial on Thursday, where Porte also came away with the silver.
Both riders now turn their attention to the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide.
“It would be better to finish the race but I still think I did some good efforts in there,” said Porte. “Obviously I don’t have race form but we knew that coming into here, so I’m looking forward to getting to Adelaide.”
“Next week at the Tour Down Under, it’s a whole new race. We’ve got a strong team at Tour Down Under as we’ve got a lot of experience,” Dennis confirmed.
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