VeloNews caught up with me for an interview during Day 2 of TDU.
Q: It’s been all of a week since you won the Australian road race championship… Have you come to terms with the significance of your achievement?
A: Slowly but surely. Over the last couple of days (at the Tour Down Under), being able to put that Australian championship jersey on, representing Garmin-Cérvelo with the green and gold stripes … it’s being pretty nice to have the colors on my back, for sure.
Q: You won the national title by bridging across to an early break, then three laps from the finish, attacking what remained of the lead group. You’re known as an aggressive rider, but why did you decide to make a move so early on without any of your Garmin-Cervélo team-mates?
A: It’s quite a hard race, with 16 laps up the climb (of Mount Buninyong). When a group moves off the front with six, seven riders it’s not a small group; there were a few good riders in there and by me heading off early, it takes the pressure off the rest of the team and puts the pressure on all the other teams and riders. So I think it was an advantage to me and my teammates.