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Rohan on the Rise

A GOLD MEDAL AT THE ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE TOUR DOWN UNDER OCHRE JERSEY AND TWO TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE WINS – ROHAN DENNIS HAS ENJOYED PLENTY OF SUCCESS FOLLOWING LAST YEAR’S MID-SEASON SWITCH TO BMC RACING TEAM. RECOVERING AT HIS SPANISH BASE IN GIRONA, DENNIS SPOKE WITH KIERAN PENDER.
A picture of concentration and perfect aerodynamic positioning, Dennis powers his way to Stage 1 victory in Utrecht.
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Exclusive Interview l Rohan Dennis

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A TRULY iconic moment to witness, steeped in Australian symbolism. After finishing the 2015 Tour de France, Rohan Dennis was greeted in Paris by former team-mate Cadel Evans. On one side stood a cycling legend who won the yellow jersey in 2011; on the other a promising rider who had just blossomed at cycling’s grandest of Grand Tours. A metaphorical passing of the baton between Australia’s recently retired great and a new contender for his crown.

What, then, do you give a 25-year-old cyclist after they have completed the Tour de France for the first time and won two stages along the way? Evans was in fact carrying a literal baton to pass on to his protege: a block of Vegemite-flavoured Dairy Milk chocolate.

“One of the team soigneurs gave it to Cadel, and Cadel then gave it to me in Paris,” Dennis laughs while recalling this most-Australian tale. “That was the first thing he did after I finished.”

For Vegemite fans, a group to which Dennis unashamedly professes allegiance, the gift would represent an apt reward for the South Australian’s astonishing Tour de France performance. While most antipodean cycling enthusiasts were expecting to be preoccupied with Richie Porte’s stoic efforts as a super-domestique to Chris Froome, or the sprints of Orica-GreenEDGE sensation Michael Matthews, it would be Dennis who stole the limelight from day one onwards.

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