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Dennis sprints to third on Santos Tour Down Under stage 2

20. January 2016, Adelaide (AUS) — Road Team

BMC Racing Team worked hard today to protect team leader and defending champion Rohan Dennis. ©Tim De Waele/TDWsport.com

Defending champion Rohan Dennis finished third and Danilo Wyss fourth on today’s second stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, won by Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff Saxo).

Dennis now sits fourth overall on the General Classification, six seconds behind McCarthy who holds the leader's Ochre Jersey.

A crash in the last kilometre made for a tense sprint finish in Stirling, which Dennis said he was lucky to miss.

“The plan was just to stay out of trouble. I think if the crash didn’t happen I wouldn’t have been third. I was a little too far back and I was just lucky enough to miss that.”

Dennis’ result today has boosted his confidence going into stage 3.

“That’s the best I’ve gone on Stirling before. Every other year I’ve struggled, especially in the last 300 metres. So it’s just amazing what happens when you’re in the right place at the right time. Your confidence and everything goes up and you just feel better about the race.”

Tomorrow the peloton race 139 kilometres from Glenelg to Campbelltown, which will see the legs tested on the King of the Mountain on Corkscrew Road.

“Today was another opener and another ticked box before tomorrow’s first real GC hit out. That’s going to be the real test of how my form is,” Dennis admitted.

“I’ve got a little bit more confidence going into tomorrow. Being able to sprint at the end of the stage still fairly strong in the last 300 metres does give me confidence for Corkscrew and then downhill into the Campbelltown finish.”

Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2

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Santos Tour Down Under stage 2: Rohan Dennis on third place

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