#Imola Time Trial Recap
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#Imola Time Trial Recap

26Sep2020

Two-time defending champion Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) finished fifth and Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-SCOTT) fifteenth in the men’s time trial, while Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) produced a stunning ride to claim a top five finish in the women's time trial at the 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Imola, Italy.

The world’s best set a fast pace over the 31.7-kilometre loop around the Imola Autodrome with four-time national champion Durbridge posting the second-fastest time of the day with his ride, despite the heavy wind and rain which battered the riders and the course early in the day. ​

Dennis, who claimed the crown in 2018 and 2019, was chasing a historic third consecutive crown and a place on the honour rolls next to Germany's Tony Martin (2011-12-13) and fellow Australian Michael Rogers (2003-04-05). 

The final rider to take to the course, Dennis was second fastest after 14.9km, twenty seconds behind his Ineos Grenadiers teammate Filippo Ganna who blitzed his home track with the fastest time of 35 minutes 54.10 seconds.

Dennis fought to the line, but would eventually finish 39-seconds behind Ganna who became the first Italian to claim a time trial Road World Championships. Dennis was quick to congratulate Ganna on his achievement.

The podium was completed by Belgium's Wout van Aert and Switzerland’s Stefan Küng.
 
In her debut World Championship time trial, Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) produced a stunning ride to claim a top five finish. 
 
"There's always that little hope hidden away that you can like win even if though it's your first World Champs, I was realistically aiming for top 10, so I'm really happy with the results. This is pretty epic. It's sort of the first time that I've really been able to step up on my own accord and ride for myself and show where I stand against the best girls in the world. I always believed that I could be up there with them. But now I can show that with a result." Grace Brown. 
Brown launched from the start gate to cover the 31.7km course in a time of 41mins 21.3seconds, the fastest time of the day to put her in the hot seat. 
 
However, Anna van der Breggen (NED) would eclipse the Australian's time and claim the rainbow jersey in a winning time of 40mins 20secs, 15 seconds ahead of Marlen Reusser (Switzerland), with Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) a further 16 seconds behind. Hear more from Brown.
 
 
The Championships continue with the road races on the weekend.

2020 Australian Team

Saturday 26 September - Women’s Road Race - Live on SBS from 2035 AEST 

  • Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott)
  • Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon–SRAM)
  • Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope)
  • Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott)
  • Shara Marche (nee Gillow) (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope)
  • Rachel Neylan (Cronos Casa Dorada Women Cycling) 
  • Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott)

Sunday 27 September - Men’s Road Race - Live on SBS from 1750 AEST

  • Simon Clarke (EF Pro Cycling)
  • Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott)
  • Chris Hamilton (Team Sunweb) 
  • Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb)
  • Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott)
  • Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)
  • Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Nicholas Schultz (Mitchelton-Scott)

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