• Rohan Dennis celebrates winning the opening time trial stage, and the yellow leaders' jersey, in the 2015 Tour de France
Newly appointed Australian Cyclist of the Year Rohan Dennis has said it will be an honour to present at the upcoming Tour on Stage shows alongside compatriot Simon Gerrans and others.
Sophie Smith

Cycling Central
16 Nov 2015 - 9:27 AM  UPDATED 16 Nov 2015 - 9:31 AM

Dennis, who won the Sir Hubert Opperman Medal at the 2015 Jayco Cycling Australia Awards on Friday, joined Gerrans, in July, as one of only seven Australians that have worn the maillot jaune.

The 25-year-old won the opening time trial at the Tour de France in the Netherlands to take the first yellow jersey of the race for BMC, with whom he claimed the UCI Hour Record with in February.

Rohan Dennis wins the Oppy
Rohan Dennis was honoured for his outstanding cycling season when he won Cycling Australia's "Oppy" for the first time.

Dennis will speak at both the Sydney and Melbourne Tour on Stage shows, which renowned commentator Phil Liggett and retired professional Jens Voigt will host on November 18 and 21, respectively.

“To be asked to do a presentation basically for the Tour is pretty honourable,” Dennis said.

The prestigious race was the pinnacle of Dennis’ season, which also included a stage win and the overall at the Tour Down Under, a stage win and stint in the leader’s jersey at the Criterium du Dauphine, two stage wins and the race title at the Tour of Colorado and a second consecutive gold medal with BMC at the UCI trade team time trial world championships.

His UCI Hour Record of 52.491km set in February was later succeeded by Britons Alex Dowsett and then 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.

“The Hour Record is great, it was something I set out to do before the Tour de France, and is a prestigious thing, but it’s not something that I knew was going to last for more than six months, until Wiggins did it,” he said.

“I know I’ve got further to go in that, I’ll come back to it, but the Tour de France is the biggest race in the world and to wear the leader’s jersey in the biggest race in the world is a special feeling.

“To do it in Holland where a lot of the fire in my belly came from, where I did the year with Rabobank, it was just a good way to say, ‘what you said was wrong,’” he continued. 

Dennis, who also won Male Road Cyclist of the Year, on Friday, is far from satisfied with his experience in yellow at the Tour, which he will surely tell audiences in the live Q&A of each Tour on Stage show.

This year he set out to support general classification contender Tejay van Garderen at the race but is determined to one day execute his own title attempt.

“I wore the yellow jersey but I’m not content with what I’ve done,” Dennis said.

“I’ve learnt that once people become content they sort of stop, they don’t keep moving forward. I was happy with it but I’m not 100 per cent happy. It was great to lead the Tour de France but the goal is to win it.”

Presented by SBS and Lateral Events, tickets for Sydney and Melbourne Tour on Stage shows are still AVAILABLE FOR SALE VIA TICKETMASTER

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Rohan Dennis and Simon Gerrans will join Phil Liggett and Jens Voigt as special guests for The Tour on Stage in conversation about the highs and lows of pursuing the yellow jersey.

Date: Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm
Venue: State Theatre
Booking details: ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 139 588

Date: Saturday 21 November, 7.30pm
Venue: Regent Theatre
Booking details: ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100