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Tour of California: Dennis Wins Folsom Time Trial

20. May 2016, Folsom, California (USA) — Road Team

Rohan Dennis wins individual time trial on Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California. ©Tim De Waele/TDWsport

In a show of skill and experience, Rohan Dennis took victory in today’s individual time trial at the Amgen Tour of California an impressive 17 seconds ahead of the next placed rider, Andrew Talansky (Cannondale).

After his winning performance, the Australian national time trial champion now moves into second on the General Classification, 16 seconds behind Etixx-Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe, who was able to hold to his race lead over the 20.3km course around Folsom.

There was further podium success for BMC Racing Team as Taylor Phinney, the early leader of the stage, finished third, 20 seconds behind teammate Dennis.

Brent Bookwalter was also in the mix today, finishing fifth and moving up to third on the General Classification, 38 seconds behind Alaphillppe. Following the stage, we spoke to Dennis about his time trial victory and this is what he had to say.

Winner’s Interview with Rohan Dennis

The look on your face as you crossed the finish showed you had giving it your all today. Can you describe how you felt in that moment?

“I was fairly confident as I crossed the line that I had set the quickest time for the rest of the race. I was in a fair bit of pain, the main thing I remember was that I had that taste of metallic in my mouth for the last four or five kilometers from the lactate so it was could to get a drink and wash that out.”

The condition were by no means an easy today, how did you feel as you were riding?

“The wind was definitely getting stronger and stronger throughout the day which actually played into our favour a little bit with Alaphilippe because he is a smaller rider and would have been blown around a little bit more but in the end it didn’t make too much of a difference with the stage win, that was my goal for the day as well as trying to take time out. So, it was still a good day, even if we didn’t get the yellow jersey.”

You won by a fairly significant margin today, what are your thoughts about that?

“I think that today was probably one of the best time trials that I have done so I am happy with that, really happy from the power profile. It was also a good indication that after six days that everything I have done leading up to now has working and I am on the right track especially after not a whole lot of racing. I am in a good place mentally with my form and I was pretty happy to come away with that win.”

And now looking forward to tomorrow’s stage?

“Tomorrow is going to be a difficult one I think. A lot people have been saying watch out for Stage 7 as Santa Rosa is super hilly, it’s going to be possible the hardest stage. I struggle to believe that in some way as everyday has been hard and a few days have been super hard so it may just completely explode the peloton and that could actually open up possible chances total that yellow jersey.”

Sport director, Jackson Stewart said: “We’re pleased and not pleased after today. I mean we are very happy to win obviously but we really thought that we could bring the time a little bit closer than we did. We thought, in the best case scenario that we could ride into the jersey today and we got within 16 seconds of it. It’s hard to separate a GC goal with a stage win but, to win a stage is great for Rohan and great for us.”

Race profile

Tour of California (UCI 2.HC)

Stage 6 (ITT): Folsom - Folsom, 20.3km

Top 3: 1. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) 2. Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) 3. Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team)

BMC Racing Team Top 3:

1. Rohan Dennis

3. Taylor Phinney

5. Brent Bookwalter

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