Dennis Keeps Critérium du Dauphiné Lead10. June 2015, Sisteron (FRA) — Road Team
Rohan Dennis of the BMC Racing Team kept the overall lead Wednesday at the Critérium du Dauphiné, enduring an afternoon rain storm on the longest stage of the race and a couple nervous moments in the final bunch sprint.
Dennis finished 30th and in the peloton as Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis Solutions Crédits) won his second stage ahead of Jonas Van Genechten (IAM Cycling). BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen held onto second overall and remains tied on time with his teammate with four days of the race to go.
"Most of the day was standard, but the last 25 or 30 kilometers were a bit hectic and sometimes a bit scary," Dennis said. "Leading into the final climb, there was a lot of fighting going on to get to the bottom in the front. Then, the last two kilometers, there were a lot of people touching wheels in front of me. In the last 500 meters, there were a lot of near crashes. So it was a little bit of a stressful moment. But we all got through it unscathed."
Dennis enjoyed his first full day in the leader's jersey a day after the BMC Racing Team won the team time trial. BMC Racing Team Sport Director Yvon Ledanois said the 228-kilometer race played out perfectly, with a two-man breakaway of Martijn Keizer (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) escaping early. The BMC Racing Team let the pair's advantage extend to eight minutes before bringing them back in the last 15 kilometers.
"We were fine with the situation today, it was perfect for us," Ledanois said. "Now it becomes a different race for the general classification. But we have trust with this team and we know Tejay and Rohan are ready for tomorrow."
Thursday's 161-kilometer race includes five categorized climbs, including a hilltop finish.
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