Bronze for Dennis in the Time Trial

28 Jul 2021

Bronze for Dennis in the Time Trial

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Time Trial » Fuji International Speedway, 44.2km

Rohan Dennis rode to a hard-fought bronze medal in the time trial at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Representing Australia, Dennis found himself in the middle of an intense fight for medal places across two laps of an undulating course around Fuji Speedway.

The Australian crossed the line just three seconds off a silver medal, and just tenths of a second ahead of fourth placed Stefan Kung.

Filippo Ganna had been fastest through the opening split out of course, eventually finishing fifth on a sweltering day in Japan. On the second lap it was Primoz Roglic who rammed home his advantage, pushing clear to win by an eventual margin of 1:01.

Geraint Thomas (12th), Richie Porte (27th) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (29th) were also in action for Great Britain and Australia.
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Reaction

- Rohan Dennis

“It feels very good. I gave it everything. Everything was left out there and everything was left out there in training. The form was good but I was beaten by two better guys on the day. I’m just glad I got that medal in the end and I’m proud, I’m very proud.
 
“The first lap was quite easy and then on that second lap it took a long time to catch G (Geraint Thomas). That second lap out the back was brutal and that’s where I think Primoz absolutely destroyed all of us and that’s where he definitely won it. It was just a dogfight between the rest of us. I was lucky to be on the positive side of that.
 
“There’s a lot of joy but it’s been an extra 12 months and obviously there’s a lot of stuff gone on in the world. It probably did help me to settle into the team for a bit longer to get used to the equipment. Obviously I would have liked it to be at the end of 2019 but I’m very happy with the result. Congrats to Primoz and Tom.”
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Results:

1. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) 55:04
2. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) +1:01"
3. Rohan Dennis (Australia) +1:04"
4. Stefan Kung (Switzerland) s.t.
5. Filippo Ganna (Italy) +1:06"
12. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) +2:42"
27. Richie Porte (Australia) +5:49"
29. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain) +6:41"