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Aug 21, 2015 – Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing Team proved he’s one of the world’s best time trialists as he won his second consecutive stage claiming victory during the Stage 5 individual time trial of USA Pro Challenge Friday. By winning, the 25-year-old Australian increased his lead to 44 seconds over BMC Racing teammate Brent Bookwalter of the United States heading into the final two days of the seven-day race.
USA Pro Challenge/Meg McMahon
Dennis averaged 44.5 kilometers per hour, or 27 miles per hour, over the 13 kilometer (8.5 miles) course, which included a steep one kilometer climb over Boreas Pass at over 10,000 feet elevation. Dennis had sprung clear up the same climb to win Thursday’s stage during the road race from Aspen to Breckenridge.
“It was still painful, probably more painful,” Dennis said.
Canadian Rob Britton with Team SmartStop finished second 27 seconds behind Dennis while teammate Bookwalter finished third 31 seconds behind. For Dennis, the 2015 USA Pro Challenge has been a coming of age party. After winning the opening stage of this year’s Tour de France, Dennis is becoming a strong stage racer.
When asked about having success at such a young age and so quickly Dennis said, “To be honest it doesn’t feel like it came that quickly. I’ve always had to work for my results.” Dennis added, “I’ve never had my results just come to me and be given to me. In my mind, it’s not been super rapid. In my eyes, I still have a long way to go to be one of the best riders in the world.”
“This has got to be pretty much up there,” said second place finisher Rob Britton of Team SmartStop. “It is a huge compliment to who I came second to. Someone in his class, it’s amazing. I was third in Breckenridge last year. Maybe it’s a Breckenridge thing. I like this place.”
For the jerseys, Rohan Dennis (AUS) BMC Racing Team conquers again and holds onto the Smashburger Race Leader Jersey, Lexus Sprint Points Jersey and Sierra Nevada King of the Mountain Jersey. The Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey moves to Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR) Axeon Cycling Team. Today’s FirstBank Most Aggressive Rider Jersey was awarded to Robbie Squire (USA) of Hincapie Racing Teamand Edward Jones Best Colorado Rider Jersey stays with Alexandr Braico (MDA) of Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis
Final kilometers of Stage 5
Stage 5 Results
First – Rohan Dennis (AUS) of BMC Racing Team
Second – Rob Britton (CAN) of Smartstop Cycling Team
Third – Brent Bookwalter (USA) of BMC Racing Team
1. Rohan Dennis
2. Brent Bookwalter
3. Rob Britton (CAN)
4. Gavin Mannion
5. David Lachlan Morton
-Smashburger Leader Jersey – Rohan Dennis (AUS) BMC Racing Team
-Lexus Sprint Jersey – Rohan Dennis (AUS) BMC Racing Team
-Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey – Rohan Dennis (AUS) BMC Racing Team
-Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey – Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR) Axeon Cycling Team
-FirstBank Most Aggressive Rider Jersey – Robbie Squire (USA) of Hincapie Racing Team
-Edward Jones Best Colorado Rider Jersey – Alexandr Braico (MDA) of Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis
STAGE 6 TOMORROW:
Saturday, August 22nd 2015 – Loveland to Ft. Collins
Start Time: 11:45 a.m. MT
Estimated Finish Time: 3:45 p.m. MT
Satellite Feed Time: 5 p.m. – 5:15 p.m MT / 7 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. EST
The start and finish location of Stage 6 may be familiar, but what lies between the two is new and challenging.
The early flats and sprints in Windsor and Loveland hide the wicked side of the route that waits in the second half. It may not have the grand names or the huge elevation numbers, but the lower and smaller climbs of this stage still have a serious sting. Climbing the north side of Carter Lake and then onto Rist Canyon should get everyone’s attention. It may also present one of the last chances for overall contenders to make a move. Wrapping up with the jagged rollers of Horsetooth Reservoir before bombing into Ft. Collins, this stage proves that a race doesn’t need to reach 12’000’ to be epic.