National Series triumph "bittersweet" for Davison

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Luke Davison waited until the final day to confirm himself the 2012 National Road Series champion. West Australian Anthony Giacoppo finished second. (Mark Gunter)

Budget Forklifts sprint-ace Luke Davison says that winning the Subaru National Road Series this year amidst a cloud of doping dominated headlines, sponsor withdrawals and the loss of the season-capping Jayco Herald Sun Tour has meant the domestic crown has lost some of its WorldTour attracting lustre of years previous.

It's probably one of the worst seasons to have a season like I've had.

The Sydneysider admitted that offers had not been forthcoming for the 2013 season as yet, despite amassing 12 wins on the domestic circuit since August, and edging Slovak Peter Sagan recently at the Japan Cup.

In 2011, Nathan Haas jumped straight into the WorldTour with Garmin after winning the domestic title, albeit in more dominant fashion and with the handy addition of the Sun Tour title on his palmares. Davison however remains upbeat.

His goal to win an elite world championship on the track, will mean he'll dedicate a significant proportion of his time up until February to the track and few ProTeams would be likely to support him in that pursuit effectively.

"It's not like adding a rainbow jersey to my name is going to do me any harm," said Davison to Cycling Central.

"Of course I still need to make the team, that's what the next few track camps are about.

"In another year maybe I would've had offers from the teams but it's been a strange year. I tried to get in contact with Chipotle (now folded) and then I understood why nobody was getting back to me.

"On the one hand, I feel relieved that all my hard work has paid off, it has been a long and hard year. But it's probably been one of the worst seasons to have a season like I've had.

"But the track is something I really enjoy. I see it as an opportunity that I might not otherwise have had."

Davison's NRS campaign didn't begin until August, when the 22 year old contested the Tour of Gippsland. He won three of the first four stages of the race to get himself off to the best possible start, but despite adding to his tally and carrying some enviable form he made a tactical error along with rival Anthony Giacoppo on Stage 8 that would ultimately cost him the race lead.

The Tour of the Murray later in the month allowed Davison to rectify the Gippsland blunder, a result he credits as the best of the year.

"Winning Murray was massive," said Davison. "It was an emotional roller-coaster. We put ourselves in a great position at the start of the race, and then we gave Giacoppo two minutes.

"There was definitely the feeling that we'd done the same thing we'd done in Gippsland. But we rallied really well. It was a great team effort to turn it round. I think that's what made it all the better."

Davison went on to win the Goulburn to Sydney, and with top-10 finish in the Warrnambool all but sealed the title.

Never an individual sport, Davison was also all too aware of the influence of his Budget Forklifts team in his season success. He was quick to point to manager Cameron Watt's calming and relaxed influence and a strong team bond as key ingredients to winning the title.

"Cam did an amazing job before races. There was never the nervous tension of other teams. I think that helped a lot. You don't need someone drilling into you for the tenth time what the race plan will be often you just need to be able to be calm to perform at your best.

"Cam was always willing to listen to what we had to say and take it on board, always sacraficed so much for everyone on the team. He drove half the country for us. The title is as much his as it is mine."

Davison is currently in camp with the national team, where he'll vie for Track World Cup selection against some of Australia's best emerging endurance talents.

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