Dennis Narrowly Misses the Win on Day One of the Giro d’Italia4. May 2018, Jerusalem (ISR) — Road Team
Rohan Dennis came nail-bitingly close to securing the maglia rosa on day one of the Giro d’Italia in Israel, crossing the line with the second-fastest time in the race against the clock.
Dennis chose to start the 9.7km time trial early and was the 42nd rider to roll down the TAG Heuer start ramp to begin the undulating course in Jerusalem.
With one intermediate checkpoint coming after 5.1km, Dennis made his intentions clear and recorded the fastest provisional time of 6'21" at the checkpoint, before laying everything on the line in the second part of the time trial to cross the line in 12'04".
Dennis then had a long wait in the hot seat as rider after rider tackled the demanding and technical course, and it was only 2017 Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), the last rider to start, who could beat Dennis' time by stopping the clock in 12'02", two seconds faster.
Jürgen Roelandts was the next best rider for BMC Racing Team in 35th place, 45 seconds behind Dumoulin.
Quotes from the Finish Line
"It was a technical course. It was hard to get a rhythm and it was challenging. I would have liked the roads to be a bit smoother but you can't have everything. I did everything I could and the only way I can judge how I rode is my position at the end of the day. I was pretty relaxed until the last half an hour of the race. I knew Tom was going to be the big rival today and he proved that by taking the win. There were a few other riders that I was surprised about. There was nothing I could have done better today. I was just beaten by the better guy."
Maximilian Sciandri, Sports Director:
"Rohan did a fantastic ride. I think everything was executed to perfection and it's not like he was beaten by the odd guy. It was by a guy who came into this race wearing number 1, who won the Giro d'Italia last year and who is the World time trial champion. There was nothing we could do. Rohan rode fantastically and held it right up until the last guy. For us, it's a bitter taste because we almost had it and you kind of dream a little bit, but the Giro is long. There are a lot of stages still to come and we are just at the beginning. We are going to look forward and Rohan has another great time trial to come. That's the first thing he told me. So, we're looking ahead and will move forward from here."
Stage 1: Jerusalem > Jerusalem ITT (9.7km)
Top 3: 1. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), 2. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team), 3. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 2. Rohan Dennis, 35, Jurgen Roelandts, 44. Alessandro De Marchi