Dennis Wins Closing Time Trial To Secure Second Overall at Tirreno-Adriatico14. March 2017, San Benedetto del Tronto (ITA) — Road Team
After over 1,000km of racing the final podium at Tirreno-Adriatico came down to a 10km time trial along the San Benedetto del Tronto seafront with Rohan Dennis proving that he was the fastest man against the clock, taking the stage win and securing second overall on the General Classification
As Dennis headed out onto the course, he was chasing the early benchmark set by Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) of 11’21”. But with the course being completely flat it was the perfect time trial for the current Australian national time trial champion to show why he is known as one of the best time trialists in the world, clocking a time of 11’18” on the line.
With only two riders still to come home, it was a short but nervous wait in the hot seat to find out the outcome of the General Classification. In the end, Dennis’ time was enough to see him move into second overall, 25 seconds behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team).
Winner’s Interview with Rohan Dennis
Congratulations, Rohan! You started this week with a win in the team time trial and finished it off with the win today. Can you describe how this week has been for you?
“It has been a very good week for both myself and the team. To start off with a win and then hold onto the leader's jersey for three days was great. I am really happy that I was able to take the win today and move into second overall on the GC. The work the team did for me over the whole week was incredible. Today's victory really shows that all of the guys’ faith in me was worth it.”
How was it out on the course today?
“It wasn’t easy. I went out to half way trying to stick to one plan and then try and lift the pace for the second half. I tried to break it up into little parts, thinking about when I could get a rest and when I couldn’t. But it was a tough course out there, especially with the headwind home.”
Greg Van Avermaet:
“I am happy with my Tirreno-Adriatico. There were a few chances for me, but I leave this race feeling good, and I am happy with my form. I didn’t come into this race looking to defend my title, it was about continuing my preparations for the Classics, and I think it has been a success in that respect. I am looking forward to the races coming up.”
“I did what I could today, and honestly I am happy with my shape this week as I had a late start to the season. I think I did a good job on the way out today and then on the last few kilometers, I dropped the speed a little. But I can be happy, and I feel like I honored my national champion’s jersey. It has been a really great week for the whole team so, I think we can leave Tirreno-Adriatico satisfied that we all gave 100%.”
Sports Director, Max Sciandri:
“I think we took the maximum we could out of this race. Winning the opening team time trial was an important goal for us and then being able to back it up with the final stage win capped off a great week. Regarding the General Classification, I think we can be really happy with how Rohan Dennis performed. He rode exceptionally well and this week has been a great learning experience for him.”
“For Tejay van Garderen this was only his second race of the season, and it was his first big test. It was good to see him finding his racing mindset once again, and I thought he looked good when he attacked at the end of stage 5. The rest of the team did a great job all week. The guys rode well as a team, and it was great to see how strong guys like Manuel Quinziato, Daniel Oss, and Jempy Drucker were riding out at the front of the peloton for much of the race.”
Stage 7 / ITT: San Benedetto del Tronto > San Benedetto del Tronto, 10km
Top 3: 1. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) 2. Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) 3. Michael Hepburn (Orica-Scott)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 1. Rohan Dennis 19. Manuel Quinziato 27. Damiano Caruso
Top 3 on GC: 1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) 2. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) 3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 2. Rohan Dennis 12. Damiano Caruso 21. Tejay van Garderen
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