The present world time trial champion, Dennis was among the many favorites to win Friday’s stage in Pau, however he walked away from the race on Thursday after stopping at a feed station with 130 kilometers remaining.
“It was his determination as we speak to cease on the feed zone,” Bahrain Merida staff director Gorazd Stangelj instructed reporters.
“We tried to talk to him, we stopped additionally with the automobile and tried to discover a resolution, what was happening, and he stated simply I do not need to speak and deserted the race.”
When requested if Dennis’ withdrawal was about his bodily situation, his psychological nicely being, or his dissatisfaction together with his bike, Stangelj stated he did not assume these have been points.
Nevertheless, he added that Dennis was “a particular man, all of the champions are … he is a man who needs to have all the pieces 100%. It is not simple to have all the pieces 100% within the race.”
The Bahrain Merida staff initially launched a message saying it was involved for the “welfare” of its riders and could be launching an investigation into what occurred to the 29-year-old Australian.
Dennis reportedly traveled by staff automobile to the end line after withdrawing from the race, the place he declined to talk with the ready media.
“I’m very dissatisfied to go away the race at this level,” Dennis, who gained the primary stage of the Tour in 2015, instructed the Bahrain Merida web site.
“Clearly the person time trial had been a giant objective for me and the staff, however given my present feeling it was the proper determination to withdraw earlier as we speak.
“I want my teammates the easiest for the rest of the race and want to thank all of the Tour de France followers who cheered for me, at dwelling and on the roadside, since Brussels. I’ll hopefully be again competing on this nice race once more over the approaching seasons.”
French rider Julian Alaphilippe presently leads the person standings of the Tour, with final 12 months’s champion Geraint Thomas in second.