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Dennis’ Tour de Romandie GC approach – ride hard and see what happens

Dennis' Tour de Romandie GC approach – ride hard and see what happens

Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma) takes second on stage 1 after a searing attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport) Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma) rode his way into the…

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Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma) takes second on stage 1 after a searing attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma) rode his way into the Tour de Romandie overall lead after stepping onto the podium for a second day on Wednesday, but even with the leaders’ jersey on his back the Australian isn’t claiming a billing as one of the favourites – not given the climbs ahead.

It was no surprise when the Australian time-trial champion was near the top of the results board after the 5.12km prologue, but it was a little less predictable when the 31 year old leapt out of the field as the road turned up one kilometre from the finish. The force of his acceleration quickly pulled out a gap and Dennis had looked to be on his way to both the race leadership and stage victory but then Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) delivered a scorching pace to close the gap on a fading Dennis just before the line.

"I gave everything, but I was empty in the last hundred metres," said Dennis. "Initially, I followed Brandon McNulty’s tempo acceleration. Even though it hurt, I felt I could go faster. I hoped to create a gap and ensure I was at least on the podium. A few metres less and I would have won, but I am happy with the result.”

That second place for Dennis on stage 1 of the six-day Tour of Romandie meant he not only claimed the race lead, almost an inevitability after […]

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