The Australian was a crucial component of his team’s success and was quick to heap praise on Hart – the Brit having stepped up after team leader Geraint Thomas sustained a fractured hip during Stage 3.
“It was a big personal goal of mine to be part of a Grand Tour-winning team,” Dennis said.
“Honestly, if we are going to be completely blunt, when Geraint crashed out I thought, ‘OK, maybe at another Grand Tour’, but Tao has been absolutely amazing.
“He helped me achieve one of the goals that I set out to do in my career and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Ineos Grenadiers won seven stages, the overall title and the best team classification at the Italian event, with Dennis even claiming the Cima Coppi prize; awarded to the first rider over the race’s highest point on the Stelvio.
The 30-year-old executed his role without fail during the crucial mountain stages, assisting Hart en route to his two stage victories prior to the final day.
“It’s difficult when people say I’m not a team player because I give everything for the team when I can,” he added.
Dennis has now delivered on his quest for domestique success – a role he made a priority upon joining Ineos Grenadiers at the start of the 2020 season.