MELBOURNE – Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans has double the motivation for a big result at Sunday’s national road race championships.

Gerrans is a key rider in the event for new Australian professional team GreenEDGE, which has made no secret of its determination to take the prized national champion’s jersey into its first European season.

GreenEDGE has stacked the 163.2-kilometre race, entering 16 riders in the quality field of more than 150.

Gerrans finished third in the race last year and the hilly 10-kilometre circuit at Ballarat suits his strengths.

But the 31-year-old Victorian is also riding the Tour Down Under in Adelaide next month with ambitions for the Ardennes Classics.

The three classics in Belgium and The Netherlands are among road cycling’s biggest one-day races.

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