Australian time trial world champion Rohan Dennis has apparently left the 106th Tour de France due to an in-team dispute over his equipment. This is how ex-World Champion Thor Hushovd described it in the Norwegian channel TV2,
"He was so dissatisfied with his wheels on the time trial bike because he could have lost up to 40 watts, so ten percent, compared to the strongest competitors." This is of course enormous, "said the TV expert of a conversation with Dennis.
"That was too much for him"
The champion in the fight against the clock would have been the big favorite for the individual time trial on Friday in Pau, but got off surprisingly and in strange circumstances on Thursday during the first Pyrenees stage. "A driver like him is so obsessed with details, I think that was too much for him," Hushovd surmised. Dennis (29) himself refused after the twelfth section in the finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre any comment.
Gorazd Stangelj, Dennis' sports director for the Bahrain-Merida team, said he was at a loss, but he did not want to hear about a dispute. Dennis did not want to talk to him at first either.
"His form was not bad, good enough to show off the tour," said the Slovene, who also said Dennis had not asked for helper services: "I asked him to save power for the time-lapse Determined to get out. "
Hushovd called Dennis "original", so he was not surprised that the Australian came up with such a "crazy idea". The individual time trial was a big goal for me, but I felt that was the right decision, "Dennis was quoted in a team message. Whether he faces a sanction remained open.
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