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Dennis smashes Tour record

  • Dennis smashes Tour record

Le Tour de France began overnight and it didn't take long for the first surprise of the race to happen.

Australian BMC rider, Rohan Dennis, took out the 13.8km time trial in Utrecht in a time of 14min 56sec with an average speed of 55.446km/h. 

His time saw him best three time world time trial champion Tony Martin by five seconds and four time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara by six seconds.

His average speed is the fastest ever recorded in a Tour de France individual time trial and displaces Briton, Chris Boardman's mark set in 1994.

The stage win also hands Dennis the leader's Maillot Jaune, making him just the seventh Australian rider in history to lead the race.

The South Australian joins Phil Anderson, Stuart O'Grady, Robbie McEwen, Brad McGee, Cadel Evans and Simon Gerrans as having worn the famous jersey.

Dennis is no stranger to the time trial podium though. He's finished second three times already this year and broke the hour record in February this year.

However, this is Dennis' first time trial victory since he entered the professional peloton in 2013.

Whilst BMC have celebrated the Australian's achievement, the entire team, including Dennis, is focused on guiding American Tejay van Garderen to the top of the podium in Paris.

As such, Dennis will be left to his own devices over the next few days to defend his jersey. 

He may, however, not be the only Australian to pull on the jersey this race.

The team time trial appears on stage nine with the Australian Greenedge team making a name for themselves over the past two years as the team to beat. 

Provided one of their riders remains in contention until then, they could be parachuted into the lead.

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