Sean Lake announced himself to as a rider to watch at the Australian national championships, for those yet unfamiliar with the 24-year-old’s exploits in the National Road Series (NRS), as he finished third in the time trial behind the BMC duo of Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte.
The performance contributed to the Avanti Isowhey Sports rider earning himself a start at the Tour Down Under with the UniSA-Australia wild card team, making the stage 1 breakaway to claim the first king of the mountains jersey. The month was closed out with Lake’s second appearance at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
With no return to the Herald Sun Tour last month, having ridden Australia’s oldest stage race in 2015 with African Wildlife Safaris finishing 37th, Lake knuckled down and centred his focus on the Oceania Championships time trial. The race was won by Orica-GreenEdge’s Michael Hepburn last year who is in London racing the Track World Championships and will forgo his title defence as a result.
Cyclingnews spoke with Lake on the eve of the Oceanias, asking if he has had a chance to reflect on his January performances.
“I was really happy with how January went, especially that nationals time trial which was a real eye opener for me how I can actually go in that discipline now that I’ve started to get things like my position and how I ride the courses a lot better. That was really exciting for me and having the experience of racing the Tour Down Under was huge. I learnt a lot there,” Lake recounted.
While Lake’s place on the Ballarat nationals podium may have surprised a few, the former rower became an oft-mentioned name across the Australian summer following his ride.
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