Rohan Dennis puts Tour de France backlash behind him to take resounding Worlds TT win

UCI Road World Championships 2019
Rohan Dennis with his 2019 gold medal (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Before punching the air with such force he could easily have lost control of his bike, Rohan Dennis pointed to his head. A ‘mental game’ was how he described the World Championship time trial, referring not just to the hour he spent in the saddle, but the two months that had gone before.

“I pulled out of the Tour de France,” Dennis said in the winner’s post-race press conference in Harrogate, squarely addressing the elephant in the room.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.