Rohan Dennis ABANDONS Tour de France with 80km left of the race on Thursday amid reports of bust-up with Bahrain-Merida team officials
- Rohan Dennis pulled out of the Tour de France in mysterious circumstances
- The Australian rider had 80km to go on Thursday before abandoning the race
- It comes after reports the time trial world champion clashed with team officials
Rohan Dennis made it back to his Bahrain Merida team bus, having gone off the radar after abandoning the Tour de France on Thursday.
Time trial world champion Dennis, one of the favourites for Friday’s individual effort against the clock, pulled out 80km from the finish of the 12th stage, organisers said.
It represented a major blow for the Bahrain-Merida team who are currently hunting stage wins.
Rohan Dennis (pictured in June) has abandoned the Tour de France due to issues with his team
The Australian’s team Bahrain Merida, however, were unable to locate him for over an hour, before he was spotted with his bike parked against the team bus near the finish line.
‘Our priority is the welfare of all our riders so will launch an immediate investigation but will not be commenting further until we have established what has happened to Rohan Dennis,’ Bahrain Merida had said in a statement.
According to French TV, Dennis was seen arguing with his team car before climbing off his bike.
Stage 12 of the race on Thursday was won by 26-year-old British driver Simon Yates.
Reports say Dennis (right) pulled out of the race with about 80 kilometers left on Thursday