Dennis: Etna is a big test of my preparation

This Giro d'Italia is part-race, part-finishing school for Rohan Dennis, who is looking to learn the ropes as a general classification challenger in the Grand Tours. Bedecked in the maglia rosa since the end of stage 2 in Tel Aviv, the BMC rider has scored full marks in all of his early assignments, though the syllabus becomes a little more demanding on Thursday with the Giro's first summit finish at Mount Etna.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.