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Rohan Dennis out of Vuelta after collecting second stage win

Posted on: September 11th, 2018

Australian champion Rohan Dennis on his way to another victory against the watch at the Vuelta today.

 

Rohan Dennis was untouchable in winning his second stage of the Vuelta today and said immediately afterwards he was now going home.

The Australian TT champion won today’s 32km TT from Santillana del Mar to Torrelavega. He had also won the opening stage of the race 2½ weeks ago.

And the BMC Racing man now leaves the Vuelta so he can rest as he prepares for the World Championships TT and team time trial.

Today he went into the stage as the hot favourite and he didn’t disappoint. He put 50 seconds in runner-up and team mate Joey Rosskopf.

The US TT champion finished on the same time as 3rd placed Jonathan Castroviejo, the Spanish TT champion riding for Team Sky.

Best of the general classification men, and the big winner today, was Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo).

 

Simon Yates has kept the race lead and even extended it over all his rivals bar Steven Kruijswijk.

 

The 31-year-old Dutch rider was just one second slower that Rosskopf and Castroviejo. And he put 37 seconds into race leader Simon Yates.

The Mitchelton-Scott man retained his leader’s red jersey; placing 13th on the stage, some 1:28 down on Dennis.

However, while Yates ceded time to Kruijswijk, he made gains on the others pushing him closest in the mountains on this race.

Yates now leads Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in the general classification by 33 seconds; gaining seven seconds on the Spanish veteran today.

Kruijswijk began the stage 5th overall some 1:29 down. But he has now moved up into 3rd, some 52 seconds off Yates.

Nairo Quintana has slipped one place in the standings to 4th overall and endured a shaky performance today.

And having been just 33 seconds on Yates this morning in the overall, he is now 1:15 off the red jersey.

Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) has been riding very well in recent days; going on the attack several times.

However, with nothing to ride for in the general classification he was 45th today, some 3:04 off Dennis.

Roche is now 36th overall, at 51:45. He will look to go on the attack again in search of a stage win.

The Irish rider will get another chance tomorrow on what is a very hard mountain stage with a summit finish after 157km to Balcón de Bizkaia.

 

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