Rohan Dennis expects to watch Tour de France from his couch
Jun 19 2017 10:53 pm CET

Rohan Dennis expects to watch Tour de France from his couch
Rohan Dennis expects to watch Tour de France from his couch
Photo of Rohan Dennis © Mary Cárdenas /

BMC Racing Team's Rohan Dennis does not expect to be at the upcoming Tour de France but is ready to support his teammates, including Richie Porte, from the couch.

Dennis won both the prologue and the individual time trial at the Tour de Suisse and appears to be in great shape. Nevertheless, he is unlikely to take part in the Tour de France.

"My goal was to come here and win both time trials and I was successful enough," he told French website about his performance in Switzerland.

The Tour de France was never really on the schedule for the Australian however, he explains. £I am still a reserve. At this moment I'll be staying at home and that was the plan was: To do the Giro.

"I always said that I need to move away and try to become more of a GC rider. I would love to be there for Richie. He's a good friend and to help him win would be amazing. It would be a dream come true even if I'm not wearing the Yellow, to ride down the Champs Elysees with the Yellow Jersey in my team would be amazing.

"At this stage I don't think I'm going so I'll be cheering him on from my couch and maybe a nice cold drink.

Asked about the team's chances to take the Yellow Jersey in the opening prologue of the Tour de France, which takes place in Dusseldorf, Dennis said that they are significant, no matter who is picked.

"I'm sure they're thinking about that Yellow Jersey in Dusseldorf but Kung is on the list in front of me and he's put his hand up since December. It'll be great I think. He has a good possibility to actually win in Dusseldorf. Whether it's me or him doesn't matter as long as we're wearing the BMC on the jersey, it's successful for us," he said.

Being one of the world's best time trialists, the World Championships in Bergen are a certainty on Dennis' calendar. Before that, he would be more than willing to make an appearance in the last Grand Tour of the year.

"I'd love to do the Vuelta. I think it's also a great preparation for the World's in Norway this year. I'll still have to see what the team wants but either way it could be a good outcome for me. The next couple of months can be really exciting."




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