• Rohan Dennis (BMC) leaves the start gate of the Amgen Tour of California individual time trial (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Australia's Rohan Dennis (BMC) won the individual time trial at the Amgen Tour of California by 17 seconds ahead of Andrew Talansky (Cannondale).
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21 May 2016 - 11:44 AM 

The South Australian now moves into second overall, 16 seconds behind Etixx-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe.

"I was fairly confident as I crossed the line that I had set the quickest time for the rest of the race," Dennis said. I was in a fair bit of pain, the main thing I remember was that I had that taste of metallic in my mouth for the last four or five kilometres from the lactate so it was good to get a drink and wash that out.

"The wind was definitely getting stronger and stronger throughout the day which actually played into our favour a little bit with Alaphilippe because he is a smaller rider and would have been blown around a little bit more. In the end it didn't make too much of a difference with the stage win, that was my goal for the day as well as trying to take time out. So, it was still a good day, even if we didn't get the yellow jersey." 

Despite the 16 seconds separating him and Alaphilippe, and with the Etixx-QuickStep rider in a strong defensive position to play defence, Dennis holds hopes of a change of fortune.

"Tomorrow is going to be a difficult one I think," he said. "A lot people have been saying watch out for Stage 7 as Santa Rosa is super hilly, it's going to be possibly the hardest stage.

"I struggle to believe that. In some way every day has been hard and a few days have been super hard so it may just completely explode the peloton and that could actually open up possible chances to get that yellow jersey."