Lachlan Norris third in elite time trial at Oceania road champs

BARKERS Creek's Lachlan Norris was third in the men's elite time trial at Friday's start to the Oceania road cycling championships in Toowoomba.

Racing for Drapac Pro Cycling, Norris finished the 39km showdown 17.4 seconds behind New Zealand's Joseph Cooper on the Nobby course.

Silver medallist was Tasmania's William Clarke at +14.3 seconds.

Bendigo's Darren Lapthorne, another of Drapac's stars, was 11th overall at 2:01.7 adrift of Cooper.

After a brilliant run which included the Best Young Rider in the Tour Down Under and Jayco Herald-Sun Tour, Bendigo's Jack Haig did not start in the under-23 men's time trial in Toowoomba.

Norris and Lapthorne raced for Drapac in the Jayco Herald-Sun Tour, and Haig starred for Avanti in his two tours.

The Oceania titles roll on Saturday when the  under-19 and elite women's road races are contested.

Championships finale is on Sunday when cyclists vie for glory over 142km for the elite men's and under-23 men's titles.

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