Peloton Watch
  Rohan Dennis - 2012 Just The Start Of Things To Come  
  September 20th 2012  
  A number of riders who showed great form at the start of the season at the Tour Down Under have gone on to achieve great results this year. Some obvious names are Simon Gerrans, Alejandro Valverde and Andre Greipel. A name who achieved great things at the Tour Down Under but may be less familiar to many is Rohan Dennis.

Rohan Dennis rode for the Australian National Team (UniSA) and finished 5th overall as well as picking up the young riders and king of the mountains jerseys. Prior to the Tour Down Under Rohan won both the Under 23 Australian National Road Race Championship and the Under 23 Australian National Time Trial Championship. These early season results were just the start of things to come.

In May Rohan finished 4th in Olympia's Tour including winning the time trial on stage 5. A race where a number of up and coming World Tour riders have had great success in the form of stage wins or overall including Luke Durbridge, Taylor Phinney & Lars Boom. In the 2011 edition Luke Durbridge won the two time trial stages. Boom was the overall winner in 2008 and Phinney in 2010. Rohan Dennis finds himself in good company.

In showing that stage races and time trials are not his only skills Rohan has several good results in one-day races this year. Rohan was 5th at the GP Industria e Commercio in May and 2nd at Trofeo Alcide Degasperi in June.

Also in June Rohan won the Internationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt U23 picking up a stage win in the time trial on stage 5. Wilco Kelderman was the winner in 2011, and has posted several top 10 results in large stage races this year. Tony Martin is also a previous winner who has achieved great success.

More recently in September Rohan has won two time trial races. First the Memorial Davide Fardelli and a week later the Chrono Champenois. Luke Durbridge is a previous winner of both races and Durbridge has had a very successful year in 2012. Going in to the World Championships Rohan Dennis was the clear favourite for the Under 23 ITT. He went on to finish second and collect the silver medal. The road race is still to come and based on results this year you wouldn't take him out of consideration for that.

For the 2013 season Rohan will join Garmin-Sharp on a two year deal. Based on his performances this year he is a name to watch in 2013. In my view he has the potential to develop in to a GC hope for Australia.
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