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USA Pro Challenge: Rohan Dennis finally takes yellow jersey with solo Stage 4 win

Phil Lindeman
plindeman@summitdaily.com

For the first time this year, BMC powerhouse Rohan Dennis crossed the finish line completely alone to take the yellow jersey from his teammate and previous overall leader, Brent Bookwalter.

The dominating performance by Dennis marked the first time he pulled out from behind Bookwalter, who came in second place. Robbie Squire of Hincapie Racing took third.

The brutal climb up Moonstone Road and whip-fast descent down the backside of Boreas Pass Road was just 3 miles total, but it became the decisive factor after 125 miles and two mountain passes between Aspen and Breckenridge. Dennis overtook his teammate and Robbie Squire on the steep, grueling ascent, then dropped into a tight aero position to cruise at 60-plus mph down Boreas Pass Road to cross the finish line solo.

The initial climb from Aspen up Independence Pass was the steepest of this year's race, grinding nearly 4,200 feet from the start line to the summit. Kyle Murphy of Caja Rural-Seguros took the King of the Mountain crown, followed by Phil Gaimon with Optum Racing and Roman Kreuziger of Tinkoff-Saxo.

The second KOM climb over Hoosier Pass came after the riders had already pedaled for more than 100 miles — and there was yet another to come on Moonstone Road. BMC Racing went one-two-three for the first time, led by Michael Schar in first, Dennis in second and Bookwalter in third.

The final climb up Moonstone was shorter than the first two, but it was just as nasty in terms of elevation, climbing nearly 700 feet in three roller-coast miles. Dennis took first, with Bookwalter and Squire rounding out the top three.

The leaderboard — Stage 5

Stage winners

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC)

2. Brent Bookwalter (BMC)

3. Robbie Squire (Hincapie Racing)

4. Jonny Clarke (United Healthcare)

5. Burno Pires (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Overall leaders

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC)

2. Brent Bookwalter (BMC) — 0:13 back

3. Robbie Squire (Hincapie Racing) — 0:26 back

4. Jonny Clarke (United Healthcare) — 0:27 back

5. Hugh Carthy (Caja Rural-Seguros) — 0:27 back

Overall team leaders

1. BMC Racing Team

2. Hincapie Racing — 1:14 back

3. Jelly Belly-Maxxis — 1:33 back

Overall KOM leader

Rohan Dennis (BMC)

Overall sprint leader

Rohan Dennis (BMC)

Best young rider — Stage 2

Dion Smith (Hincapie Racing)

Best Colorado rider — Stage 2

Kiel Reijnen (United Healthcare)