Superstar Dennis stuns again on world stage

Champion Australian and SASI graduate Rohan Dennis showed his class under adversity when he successfully defended his Individual Time Trial at the recent UCI road world championship in the UK

ROHAN Dennis has cast aside the confusion over his exit from the recent Tour de France in July by dominating the field at the recent UCI Road World Championship in Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

There, the Australian and South Australian superstar of the cycling world stunned his opponents by winning the world Individual Time Trial for the second successive year.

Dennis, 29, returning to competition after withdrawing from the Tour de France in July, set a scorching pace to take out the 54km time trial - more than a minute clear of Belgian athlete Remco Evenepoel and Italian Filippo Gana another minute away in third place.

While Dennis wasn't adding to the commentary surrounding his exit from the Tour, he did say that a strong training session a couple of weeks ago gave him confidence he could do well for a second successive stint at the time trial crown.

"I didn't go without a lot of preparation. There was a lot of time at home, a lot of work in my head to get myself mentally prepared (for today),'' Dennis said.

"I knew what pace I went out with last year so I just stuck on that and got into my rhythm.''

Dennis won his recent title on the BMC Timemachine on the advice of the Australian national team.

"It's really special to back up this year and come here in the best possible shape to defend my title and show that I haven't hung up my bike.''

Dennis said he still had fire in the belly and is targeting a big lead up to next year's Tokyo Olympics.

The world title backs up an outstanding 12 months for Dennis who won in Innsbruck, Austria last year.

Victory then was the first for Dennis at any level on the road.

Dennis has won two world titles on the track.

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