Dennis leads home Grenadiers 1-2-3

27 Apr 2021

Dennis leads home Grenadiers 1-2-3

Tour de Romandie prologue: Oron › Oron (4.05km)

Rohan Dennis stormed to an impressive victory to lead home an INEOS Grenadiers 1-2-3 in a dominant team performance in the prologue time trial at Tour de Romandie. 

Dennis beat teammates Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte on the punchy 4.05km course by nine seconds to secure the race lead, with Filippo Ganna ninth to make it four Grenadiers in the top 10. 

Remi Cavagna was the best-placed rider from another team, 11 seconds back, while early pace-setter Stefan Bissegger finished fifth. 
Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis

"It was full gas... Then full gas even more!"

Rohan Dennis

"It was full gas... Then full gas even more! It was quite tricky to pace it, because there’s still a minute and a half uphill and there’s no way to get the extra speed unless you’ve got the power. That last 700-800m really hurt. 

"I thought when I hit the climb that I had gone too slow, but on the climb it didn't feel like that, the last 400m seemed to go on forever.  It was a tough little finish.

"The legs didn't feel good, if they didn't feel good I'd be concerned. it was a great day with first, second and third with G and Richie on the podium as well, it was perfect for us. 

"Tomorrow is more of a sprint, so I'd like to keep the leader's jersey for as long as possible, but let's see how it goes with the big mountains on Saturday then the final day with the TT, but I think there's plenty of work for me to do for Richie and G.

"I knew I had to go out hard to stay in contention with riders like Filippo and the power guys and then hope that I could perform on the climb a little bit better than them. My tactic was to minimise the time on the flat and hit the hill as hard as I could. I didn't lose too much time to G and Richie on the climb and I'm pretty happy with my form. 

"It's given me a lot of confidence for the final stage and shown I can do this in such a short time trial, with pure power, I think it's going to be a good week - especially after the last race when I was climbing pretty well, but plenty of work to do yet.   

Prologue result

1. Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) 5:26
2. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +9"
3. Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.

4. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) +11"
5. Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) s.t.