This is the first time the Australian, who has worn leader jerseys at the Vuelta a España and Tour de France, has succeeded in holding onto the top spot overall of a Grand Tour.
“It’s special, as is keeping the jersey now we’re going back to Italy,” Dennis said. “That was one of the main things for us. It’s great here, but in Italy it’s really special. That’s one goal achieved, now let’s try and keep it.”
The Giro d’Italia returns to home soil after a Grand Tour’s first start outside Europe, and Dennis gave the experience in Israel a resounding thumbs up. But he also pointed out that the riders have a flight to catch on their first rest day to get to Italy. “The only thing they could have improved on would have been flying out tonight.”
Rather than head out the same night after stage 3, the racers and the rest of the Giro organisation and media will fly out of Israel on Monday’s rest day, some with very early starts.
“When you race outside Europe, with the exceptions of America or Australia, it can be very quiet, but here they’ve really taken to the race. Sometimes it was a bit scary, with the number of people on the sides of the road, but I’d rather have that than absolute silence,” Dennis reflected.
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