Plapp beats Durbridge to take Aussie time trial title
BALLARAT, Australia (CT) – Luke Plapp (Inform TMX Make) has stormed his way to an elite Australian time trial title, beating four-time champion Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange) in the process.
Plapp completed the 37.5 km course in 46:00 (48.9 km/h average), 43 seconds faster than defending champion Durbridge who took the silver medal. Plapp’s road and national track squad teammate Kel O’Brien finished third at 1:10.
At just 20 years old, Plapp was due to compete in the U23 time trial but changed his registration to the elite race last week at the suggestion of Richie Porte. The move paid dividends, with Plapp scorching around the course to take his first elite national title.
The win is Plapp’s second impressive result in a few weeks after he took a stage win and finished second overall at the Santos Festival of Cycling. That ride attracted the attention of more than five WorldTour teams and today’s win will be further confirmation of his considerable talent.
More to come …