USA Pro Challenge: Aussie Rohan Dennis wins USA Pro Challenge
Powerhouse BMC Racing completed its mission Sunday in Denver.
Riding on the strongest team in the field, Australian Rohan Dennis pedaled his way into history as the general classification winner in the 2015 USA Pro Challenge — the first rider from outside the United States to win the Colorado stage race.
On Sunday, Dennis rode in support of teammate Taylor Phinney of Boulder, who nearly converted another stage win but came up just second to sprint winner John Murphy of UnitedHealthcare, a former BMC rider.
Lucas Haedo of Jamis finished third in the 58-mile stage that started in Golden.
Dennis, who won the stage from Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin and also won the individual time trial, won the overall by 40 seconds over teammate Brent Bookwalter.
Rob Britton of SmartStop finished third overall, 1:31 back. Gavin Mannion of Jelly Belly was fourth in the overall; Lachlan Morton, also riding for Jelly Belly, was fifth.
“The A-Basin climb, I think that was the key,” Dennis said of his dominating victory after his BMC team had decimated the field on the steady, 4-mile climb from Silverthorne up to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. “That showed me I have the legs.”
He also won the King of the Mountains competition in the fifth annual USA Pro Challenge.
Kiel Reijnen of UnitedHealthcare, who won Stage 3 that finished in downtown Aspen on Wednesday, won the Sprint competition.
Best Young Rider for this year went to Axeon Cycling Team’s Tao Geoghegan Hart, 20, of Great Britain.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Thanksgiving seems to be ever-present here in the Roaring Fork Valley. I’m not talking turkey and gravy, I’m speaking to the gifts we receive constantly, throughout the seasons.