Australian bicycle owner Rohan Dennis might bypass the boys’s street race to maximise his medal possibilities within the time trial.
The time trial specialist, a two-time world champion within the self-discipline, is without doubt one of the favourites for the July 28 occasion and one in every of Australian biking’s prime medal prospects on the Tokyo Video games.
Whereas Dennis is entered in Saturday’s street race on day one of many Video games, he would possibly sit out the 234km occasion.
Considerably, teammate Lucas Hamilton didn’t point out Dennis as soon as when on Thursday discussing Australian prospects within the males’s street race throughout a media name.
Richie Porte would be the Australian chief within the males’s street race, with Hamilton and famend domestique Luke Hamilton having key help roles.
“We clearly have myself and Richie because the climbers after which Luke Durbridge because the sturdy man,” Hamilton stated.
“We have now to watch out with strikes and teams that might go away – that may most likely be my position.
“Richie is without doubt one of the finest climbers.
“We have now quite a lot of choices there, with Durbo there to assist us management the race.”
Whereas Dennis’ absence would go away Australia a person down, he’s a significantly better medal prospect for Australia within the time trial.
Most groups are additionally a lot smaller than common in skilled street biking, with solely Belgium, France, Italy and Spain having the utmost 5 starters within the area of about 130.
Dennis gained the 2018 and ’19 time trial world titles and was fifth final yr behind Italian winner Filippo Ganna.
The Italian shouldn’t be entered within the males’s street race.
Dennis was on his technique to a possible silver medal within the time trial on the Rio Olympics when a handlebar extension snapped, forcing a motorbike change that relegated him to fifth place.