Rohan Dennis: "I had nothing left in my legs in the last part of the climb"

Rohan Dennis rode a very consistent Tour de Romandie, racking up the seconds in several stages over his rivals to create a small buffer into the decisive final time-trial. The race ended up a day too long for the Jumbo-Visma rider, who ended up cracking on the final ascent to Villars to loose the race lead.

“I had nothing left in my legs in the last part of the climb. It was just a fight," he said in a post-race interview. "This week has taken its toll: I had to fight every day. I want to thank the team. My teammates were excellent this week. It was a pleasure to ride for them. They gave me all the possible support. It’s a shame I couldn’t finish it off.”

Dennis finished the prologue in second place, and jumped onto the race lead on stage one after an aggressive performance. He then responded to all moves to have the race lead into the final time-trial, but fell from first to eighth place in the overall classification as he didn't have the best legs.

Teammate Steven Kruijswijk, who was of great help on stage four, surpassed his teammate to finish seventh in the overall classification after a strong performance in the time-trial. "The fifth place in the time trial is okay. I didn’t feel superb, but if you look at the result, I have certainly not done badly. It was a tough time trial because of the flat approach and the bike change. Then another ten climbing kilometres followed. It wasn't easy to get into the rhythm, but I have given everything. It is an excellent way for me to end this tour," he said at the end of the day.

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