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by Shane Stokes
September 21, 2017
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Australian rider Rohan Dennis hoped for a medal in Wednesday’s elite time trial at the world road championships, but ultimately had to be satisfied with eighth place in the 31 kilometre test.
The BMC Racing Team started well and held the second-fastest time at the halfway point, ten seconds off the fastest pace. However he came a cropper in wet conditions with 18 kilometres covered and lost time. Dennis quickly remounted and gave it everything between there and the finish atop Mount Floven.
His strong finishing burst saw him move from 22nd before the 3.4 kilometre climb to an eventual finishing placing of eighth. He was one minute and 37 seconds off race winner Tom Dumoulin’s time, but just 16 seconds off Chris Froome’s bronze medal.