Saturday July 4th, 2015

Stage 1Utrecht / Utrecht

Start 14h00 (Local time)

Rohan Dennis: "I expected to win"

interview04.07.2015Stage 1- Utrecht / Utrecht

I'll be amongst the yellow jersey holders, it's amazing but it's been stressful to wait for the outcome. I was shaking when my rivals were about to come one by one but I could judge with two to one kilometer to go. I did a trial before the race and I thought I had to ride in sixteen minutes but it was one less at the end. It was a bit of a shock. I never aim for a top 5 or to finish second or third but I'm always confident that I'd win and I wasn't confident that I'd beat Tony Martin or Fabian Cancellara this time. But I expected myself to win. More than a surprise, I would say it's been a relief. People said I was a dark horse but I had a chance to win.
The heat hasn't been a problem for me. Growing up in Adelaide… everyone who comes for the Tour Down Under in January expects a hot week. Knowing that the conditions could be like that here today, we decided with my coach that after the Dauphiné I'd be training between 2 and 5pm in 35 to 40° temperatures to get adapted to the same conditions.
The average speed is high: over 55. That's what I need to do to aim at a new hour record. Obviously, having the yellow jersey in the first stage is the first step to experience the pressure, the media, everything around the Tour that is much bigger than at every other race. It's the first step towards my long term goal, which is to win a Grand Tour but I'm still a long way away.
The team here is 100% for Tejay [Van Garderen] here but I don't want to lose the yellow jersey after a day. I might keep it for two or three days, or until the team time trial, the longer the better, it'll be less pressure on Tejay before we ride fully for him in the third week.

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