Dennis wins inaugural eRace

12 Apr 2020

Dennis wins inaugural eRace

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Rohan Dennis took a commanding victory in the first-ever Team INEOS eRace as our riders went head to head on a record-breaking day on Zwift.

All 30 Team INEOS riders were split across six teams, with the action culminating on the Alpe du Zwift climb. Dennis made his move on the early slopes, pressing home his advantage to win by a 56 seconds over Eddie Dunbar, with Michal Kwiatkowski finishing three seconds further back in third.
 
The racing action continued the momentum following a highly successful mass participation eRide, with 15,530 people joining the team on rides earlier in the day, beating the Zwift single event record in the process.
 
Our riders also raced in a special one-off digital kit to showcase the work the team has done in supporting INEOS with their hand sanitiser project, with up to a million bottles starting to be delivered to NHS hospitals across the UK, just 10 days after the plan was announced.
 
As the eRace got under way in Watopia, Chris Lawless, Ben Swift, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Filippo Ganna were active, with five teams represented up the road early on with a gap edging out towards 30 seconds.
 
The deficit came down ahead of the infamous climb, and on the early slopes it was Aussie duo Dennis and Cameron Wurf who pushed clear. But there was no stopping Dennis, who set a relentless pace on the way to victory.
Rewatch the Team INEOS eRace

Rewatch the Team INEOS eRace

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- Rohan Dennis

“There was supposed to be a plan, but in the end I felt it was better to just send it, why not? It worked out!
 
“It was a good little hit out, I spotted Cam (Wurf) with me and I couldn’t let him sit on my wheel for too long, so I pushed a bit harder and dropped him, then I could sit on my TT pace from there.
 
“It’s a time when nobody is allowed to ride with anybody so we’re lucky to have technology like this so we can do something for the fans to keep them across what we’re doing and how we’re training.”
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At the end of the day, the most important race is the human race. At this moment in time events like this are great for everybody and great for the team. It’s nice to be able to see a bit of racing and it reminds everybody what we’re missing.
- Sir Dave Brailsford

“It’s fantastic. I was absolutely gripped and it was really enjoyable to watch. Fair play to Rohan – you can see why he’s the world time trial champion. You can see Eddie is in pretty good shape, but I think the ride that caught my eye was Chris Froome. That’s a hell of a ride from a guy who is coming back and that’s a great indicator that he’s right back on track and going to be in the mix when we get back out there on the road.
 
“Rohan was obviously targeting the Olympic Games this year, and with that changing now it means that everybody has had to sit back and recalibrate their goals. As a team we’re going to have to rethink all of the different selections for all of the races when they resume, which I’m sure they will.
 
“For this season the most important thing is that we stick together. At the end of the day, the most important race is the human race. At this moment in time events like this are great for everybody and great for the team. It’s nice to be able to see a bit of racing and it reminds everybody what we’re missing.”
Final results of the inaugural eRace

Final results of the inaugural eRace

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