Aussie powerhouse Rohan Dennis now wears the leader’s jersey at the Giro d’Italia, the BMC Racing Rider snatching the ‘Maglia Rosa’ from Tom Dumoulin as the stage concluded in Tel Aviv overnight.
With Quick-Step fast man Elia Viviani taking a thrilling sprint win to secure Stage 2, eyes were on BMC Racing Team and the depth of support he received throughout the stage.
Dennis One Of 21 Riders To Have Secured Each Of The Three Leader’s Jerseys
The result of all the hard work? Dennis secured the jersey elevating him to a select group of professional cyclists to wear all three Grand Tour leaders’ jerseys.
“We knew that the second sprint was the one with bonus time and we thought that if it was within grasp,” he said. “It was about making sure I didn’t lose time in the splits in the final. It was massive teamwork.”
Dennis now leads Dumoulin by one second going into the final stage ridden in Israel.
On the honor of wearing all three leaders’s jersey – from the Giro, Tour and Vuelta, Dennis said it was a special feeling.
“When I first started cycling, I never thought that I would wear all Grand Tour leaders’ jerseys,” he said. “I saw guys do things like this and I always thought that was really amazing so to be a part of that little group is a real honor.”
“We will keep (the jersey) as long as possible but I think for me it is more about learning still. I’m sure at some stage it will be taken away from me but I will keep fighting all the way to Rome.”