Dennis Wins USA Pro Challenge 2015
Team BMC Racing's Rohan Dennis has won USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Rohan Dennis won the overall of the USA Pro Challenge Sunday as teammate Brent Bookwalter claimed runner-up honors and the BMC Racing Team took home the team title for the third straight year.
BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney, who won the opening stage and led the race for a day, finished runner-up to John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) on the final stage in Denver, Colorado.
Dennis won two stages, was runner-up on two others and took home the "king of the mountains" title. He became the first non-American to win the race in its five-year history. He bested Bookwalter - who won Tuesday's mountain-top finish and led the race for two days - by 40 seconds. Rob Britton (Team SmartStop) was third, at 91 seconds.
"I had a lot of fun this week and hopefully I can come back next year and do it again," Dennis said. "I have to take my hat off to the team. They never put any pressure on me. I came here to help Brent originally, then found my legs, and ended up taking the yellow jersey. I have to thank him for quietly supporting me for the general classification."
Bookwalter, who has finished runner-up in two other week-long stage races since joining the BMC Racing Team in 2008, called it the best performance of his career, highlighted by his solo win on Tuesday's mountain-top finish at Arapahoe Basin.
"Personally, it was a good, diverse week for me," he said. "But really, the highlight was the way the team rode. It was a team effort from everyone like the young guys - Manuel Senni and Kilian Frankiny - to our road captain, Michael Schär - to Rohan and me, Taylor, Pete Stetina and Damiano Caruso - who are some of the more experienced guys. Everyone was doing their job and having a lot of fun doing it."
Dennis has six individual victories to his credit this year - including a win in the opening stage time trial of the Tour de France. He also had a hand in team time trial wins at the Tour de France and the Critérium du Dauphiné.
"We had a couple days of training before the race and saw how strong Rohan was and how well Brent was riding," BMC Racing Team Sport Director Jackson Stewart said. "So we knew Rohan would be really strong in Friday's time trial. But to finish first and second overall this week? I don't think anyone had planned for that. So to have it happen was great."
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