He ensures that he has no regrets. In a statement issued Friday by his Barhain-Merida team, Australian Rohan Dennis believes that his surprise retirement from the Tour de France on Thursday was "the right decision". Although he remains very vague about the reasons for his withdrawal during the 12th stage between Toulouse and Bagneres-de-Bigorre, won by Simon Yates, he nevertheless suggests that they were not physical.
"I am very disappointed to leave the race at this stage," says the 2018 world time trial individual, who would have been one of the favorites of the time played Friday around Pau. "The individual time trial was an important goal for me and my team, but given my current feeling, it was the right decision to retire, and I wish my teammates the best for the rest of the race. 'hope to return to this beautiful event in the coming seasons,' he adds, without saying more.
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"He's a special guy"
Gorazd Stangelj, sports director of Bahrain-Merida, also remained mysterious when commenting on the abandonment of his runner to journalists: "This is the kind of guy who wants to have everything at 100% and it is not It's easy to have everything all the time, it's a special guy, let's say, all the champions are. " Stangelj had stopped his car in the middle of the stage and had gone back to where Dennis had stopped, trying to persuade his rider not to give up.
But the second of the last Tour de Suisse, behind Egan Bernal, had finally thrown in the towel at the start of the Peyresourde pass, the first of two climbs of this 12th stage, after having tried to take the breakaway. According to the Italian press, it was an argument with one of the team's sports directors that led to the rider being abandoned.
An Australian media journalist SBS also reported on Twitter that Dennis had joined the bus team, before leaving quickly without comment, accompanied by his agent and a press officer. "When I arrived at the bus, there was a bike, it was very surprising because I knew that I was the first on the team (to pass the line) .I saw it this morning, it had He's sick, I do not know, "reacted on his side his teammate Dylan Teuns at the microphone of France TV.