Tirreno time trial win stokes Dennis' confidence for May

Rohan Dennis celebrates his win in the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico

Despite finishing well below his second place overall at Tirreno-Adriatico last year, Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing ) said his win in the final time trial will give him a confidence boost as he makes his final preparations for a general classification run at the Giro d'Italia in May. Dennis was never supposed to be BMC's go-to GC guy at Tirreno this year, choosing instead to tailor his training toward the Italian Grand Tour in less than two months. The leadership role at Tirreno started with Richie Porte, who then had to withdraw before the start due to illness. "Once he was out, obviously, Damiano [Caruso] was called up as the leader for GC," Dennis said during the post-race press conference. "I was hopeful that I could try and repeat what I did last year or go a little bit better, but sometimes it just doesn't happen like that." Dennis ...

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