Rohan Dennis put a difficult period
behind him in emphatic style on Wednesday as he dominated the Elite Men’s
Individual Time Trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Dennis hadn’t competed since climbing off his bike mid-way through the 12th stage of this summer’s Tour de France, but returned to action in a sensational manner to wrap up the rainbow jersey for a second successive year.The 29-year-old Australian was the final rider down the start ramp in a packed Northallerton where crowds were literally five-to-six people deep along the High Street to cheer them away. Dennis managed to maintain an average speed of just under 50km/hr (31 m/hr) on the undulating 54km trek which took in iconic Yorkshire landmarks such as Ripley Castle, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden before arriving into an equally bustling Harrogate.
The noise was deafening as he raced up
Parliament Street and that herculean effort saw him stop the clock with a time
of 1hr 05min 5.35sec which ensured he romped to the top of the standings with a
1min 8.93sec advantage over 19-year-old Belgian sensation Remco Evenepoel.
Italian Filippo Ganna finished a further 46.07sec back to round out the top
three, with Alex Dowsett (+2min 1.77sec) claiming a top-five finish for Great