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Rohan Dennis (born 28 May 1990)[3] is an Australian professional road racing cyclist, who rode for UCI WorldTeam Bahrain–Merida[4] until 13 september 2019. Dennis was born, raised, and resides in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.[5] He is the current UCI men's individual time trial world champion.[6]

Rohan Dennis
Rohan Dennis 2018 UCI World ITT Champion.jpg
Dennis in 2018
Personal information
Full nameRohan Dennis
Born (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 29)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11 st 5 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamBahrain–Merida
DisciplineRoad and track
RoleRider
Rider typeTime trialist / All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2009–2010Australia Institute of Sport
2011Rabobank Continental Team
2012Team Jayco-AIS
Professional team(s)
2013–2014Garmin–Sharp
2014–2018BMC Racing Team[2]
2019Bahrain–Merida
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2015)
1 TTT stage (2015)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2018)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (2018)
1 TTT stage (2017)

Stage races

USA Pro Cycling Challenge (2015)
Tour Down Under (2015)

One-day races and Classics

World Time Trial Championships (2018, 2019)
National Time Trial Championships
(2016, 2017, 2018)

World Hour record

8 February 2015, 52.491 km

CareerEdit

 
Dennis on his way to winning stage one of the 2015 Tour de France

Dennis began his career by focusing on the track, and was part of the Australian team that took the silver medals in the team pursuit at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[7]

He joined Garmin–Sharp for the 2013 season, and made his debut Tour de France, pulling out of the race before Stage 9.[8]

In 2014, Dennis finished second overall behind Bradley Wiggins at the Tour of California, after placing second to Wiggins in the time trial. He also placed second in the Commonwealth Games time trial behind England's Alex Dowsett.[9] In August 2014, Dennis made a rare mid-season transfer to the BMC Racing Team.[10] He went on to win the World team time trial championships with his new team.

On 8 February 2015, he set a new hour record of 52.491 km, beating Matthias Brändle's record by over 600 metres.[11] The record stood until 2 May 2015, when it was broken by Dowsett.[12] Dennis was selected to ride the 2015 Tour de France as part of the BMC Racing Team squad supporting Tejay van Garderen.[13] He won stage one's individual time trial, clocking an average speed of 55.446 km/h (34.5 mph) and became the first yellow jersey wearer of the Tour.[14] With this performance, he established a new record average speed for an individual time trial at the Tour de France.[15] He won the Sir Hubert Opperman medal and trophy for Australia's best all-round cyclist in 2015.[16]

He was named in the start list for the 2017 Giro d'Italia[17], however he abandoned his Giro on the 4th stage after injuries due to a crash on stage 2.[18] Subsequently at the 2017 Vuelta a España, Dennis crossed the line first as part of the BMC squad that won the race's opening team time trial, taking the race leader's red jersey and becoming the first Australian to lead the race since Michael Matthews in 2014.[19]

At the 2018 Giro d'Italia, Dennis was narrowly defeated in the opening time trial by Tom Dumoulin. However, he took the pink jersey on the second stage by picking up a time bonus in an intermediate sprint. In doing so, he became the first Australian to lead the Giro since Simon Clarke in 2015, and the third Australian to wear the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours, after Bradley McGee and Cadel Evans.[18] He went on to win the stage 16 time trial and finished the race in 16th place overall, 56 minutes and 7 seconds down on winner Chris Froome.[20]

In August 2018, it was announced that Dennis would join Bahrain–Merida in 2019 on a two-year deal, making the move from BMC alongside team-mates Damiano Caruso and Dylan Teuns.[21]

When he won the first stage at the 2018 Vuelta a España he became the 95th rider in history to have won at least one stage in all three Grand Tours, and the 15th rider to have won an individual time trial at each Grand Tour.[22] He went on to win the stage 16 time trial, and left the Vuelta immediately after to prepare for the World Championships in Innsbruck, winning the individual time trial title by over a minute ahead of defending champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands.[23] He also helped his BMC team win the bronze medal in the team time trial event.

At the end of 2018, he won two major Australian awards: Australian Institute of Sport Performance Awards - Male Athlete of the Year and Cycling Australia's Sir Hubert Opperman Medal, which he had previously won in 2015.[24]

On 18 July 2019, he abandoned the Tour de France during Stage 12. No reason was immediately given.[25] Later reports indicated that his abandonment was the result over frustration with equipment provided by the team.[26]

On 25 September 2019, Dennis raced for the first time since abandoning the 2019 Tour de France, winning gold in the men's individual time trial at the Road World Championships in Yorkshire.[27] Dennis rode an unmarked BMC bicycle during the World Championship time trial, rather than his trade Merida machine. Several days later, his former team Bahrain–Merida confirmed that they had parted ways with Dennis on 13 September.[26]

Major resultsEdit

2007
9th Time trial, UCI Juniors World Championships
2010
1st   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st   Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
3rd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
4th Overall Olympia's Tour
5th Time trial, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
6th Time trial, Commonwealth Games
10th Overall Ringerike GP
2011
1st   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
4th Road race, National Under-23 Road Championships
2012
National Under-23 Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
1st   Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
1st Memorial Davide Fardelli
1st Chrono Champenois
2nd   Team pursuit, Olympic Games
2nd   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
2nd   Time trial, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
2nd Trofeo Alcide Degasperi
4th Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
5th Overall Tour Down Under
1st   Mountains classification
1st   Young rider classification
5th Trofeo Città di San Vendemiano
2013
1st   Overall Tour of Alberta
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st   Young rider classification
2014
1st   Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2nd   Time trial, Commonwealth Games
2nd Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st   Young rider classification
2015
World Hour record: 52.491 km
UCI Road World Championships
1st   Team time trial
6th Time trial
1st   Overall Tour Down Under
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
1st   Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stages 4 & 5 (ITT)
Tour de France
1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 9 (TTT)
Held  ,   &   after Stage 1
1st Stage 3 (TTT) Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2016
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
Eneco Tour
1st Stages 2 (ITT) & 5 (TTT)
2nd Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 6 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 7b
UCI Road World Championships
2nd   Team time trial
6th Time trial
5th Time trial, Olympic Games
2017
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Tour La Provence
1st   Points classification
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held   after Stage 1
Tour de Suisse
1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 9 (ITT)
1st Stage 2 Tour of the Alps
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Volta a Catalunya
UCI Road World Championships
2nd   Team time trial
8th Time trial
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 7 (ITT)
6th Overall Tour Down Under
2018
UCI Road World Championships
1st   Time trial
3rd   Team time trial
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 16 (ITT)
Held  ,   &   after Stage 1
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 16 (ITT)
Held   after Stages 2–5
Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 7 (ITT)
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
2019
1st   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
5th Overall Tour Down Under

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia DNF 16
  Tour de France DNF 101 DNF DNF
  Vuelta a España 84 DNF DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team - Rohan Dennis". Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Dennis to ride Vuelta a España for BMC after leaving Garmin - Cyclingnews.com".
  3. ^ "RIDER PROFILES ROHAN DENNIS". Cycling Australia. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team". Merida Bikes. Merida Industry Co., Ltd. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Rohan Dennis at Garmin-Sharp". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. 28 December 2012. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Road World Championships: Rohan Dennis defends time trial title". 25 September 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Olympics 2016 – Olympics 2016 Live Scores – Olympics 2016 Results".
  8. ^ "Rohan Dennis pulls out of debut Tour de France a day earlier than planned". Velonation. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Bittersweet silver for Dennis in the Commonwealth Games - Cyclingnews.com".
  10. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/cycling/news/12040/9403963/rohan-dennis-to-join-bmc-racing-from-garmin-sharp-in-rare-mid-season-transfer
  11. ^ "Rohan Dennis sets new Hour Record". cyclingnews.com. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Alex Dowsett sets new Hour Record of 52.937km". cyclingnews.com. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Tour de France: BMC Racing announce team to support van Garderen". cyclingnews.com. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  14. ^ Wynn, Nigel (4 July 2015). "Rohan Dennis beats Boardman's Tour de France time trial speed record". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  15. ^ Zeb, Woodpower (4 July 2015). "Tour de France: Dennis sets record speed to claim first maillot jaune in Utrecht". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Rohan Dennis wins the 'Oppy' as Australian cycling's best in 2015". ABC News. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  17. ^ "2017: 100th Giro d'Italia: Start List". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  18. ^ a b Fotheringham, Alasdair (5 May 2018). "Dennis nets Giro d'Italia lead with time-bonus sprint". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  19. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (21 August 2017). "Dennis takes second Grand Tour lead of career in 2017 Vuelta". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Dennis: This Giro d'Italia was a big step forward for me". cyclingnews.com. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Bahrain-Merida confirm signing of Rohan Dennis". cyclingnews.com. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Vuelta a Espana 2018: Stage 1 Results | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  23. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/27/australias-dennis-conquerors-past-to-win-cycling-world-title
  24. ^ "Dennis wins the Oppy for a second time". SBS Website. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  25. ^ "Bahrain-Merida launch investigation after Rohan Dennis quits Tour de France". Cycling News. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  26. ^ a b Benson, Daniel (29 September 2019). "Bahrain-Merida terminate Rohan Dennis' contract with immediate effect". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Road World Championships: Rohan Dennis defends time trial title". 25 September 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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Records
Preceded by
Matthias Brändle
UCI hour record (52.491 km)
8 February 2015 – 2 May 2015
Succeeded by
Alex Dowsett