Australian time demo king Rohan Dennis faces a single remaining battle towards the clock to take over-all victory in the Tour de Romandie.
The two-time environment winner is now incredibly hot favorite to choose the title in the prestigious 6-working day Swiss race immediately after surviving a rough penultimate phase on Saturday with his race lead in tact.
The 31-year-previous Adelaide rider, who’s not won an general stage race victory given that the Tour Cycliste International La Provence 5 decades back, is 15 seconds apparent of his nearest challenger, Spain’s Juan Ayuso, going into Sunday’s remaining phase, a 15.84km time trial.
The solo work, on a study course which capabilities a regular incline, appears to be like to favour Olympic bronze medallist Dennis, who has enjoyed 21 time trial wins in his job.
Absolutely nothing, nevertheless, can be confirmed with the best five riders divided by just 30 seconds.
They include two other Australians, fourth-placed Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen, 25 seconds driving) and fifth-put Luke Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers, 30 seconds down).
In Saturday’s fourth phase, Colombian Sergio Higuita defeated Aleksandr Vlasov in an unlikely sprint finish involving two Bora-Hansgrohe teammates to acquire victory in Zinal immediately after the demanding 180km trek from Aigle.
But Dennis managed to hold on to his direct, ending just 3 seconds behind the leaders just after a ultimate force which enabled him to finish guiding a team of 10 who crossed the line in 4hr 58min 52sec.
Dennis owed a credit card debt to his two higher-quality Jumbo-Visma teammates Sepp Kuss and Steven Kruijswijk, whose attempts aided snuff out rivals’ assaults and who shepherded him in the mountains.
O’Connor, Australia’s top rated-ranked street racer, also highlighted in the denouement, coming dwelling fourth on the working day.
As effectively as the leader’s inexperienced jersey, Dennis was also offered with a chunk of cheese from the Alpine region of Valbroye.
On Sunday, however, he’ll be the one particular hoping to be the significant cheese once again.