Rohan Dennis set for support role in World Champs road race

Rohan Dennis takes race lead, Criterium du Dauphine 2013, stage 4 ITT

Rohan Dennis is set to play an important early role for Australia in Sunday's UCI Road World Championship after his senior time trial debut earlier this week.

The Olympic team pursuit silver medalist finished 12th in the 57.9km race against the clock on Wednesday and has taken confidence from the performance against an all-star line-up with Tony Martin claiming his third consecutive title and Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellara rounding out the podium.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.