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Brent Bookwalter was an American racing for a U.S.-registered team (BMC Racing) in the USA Pro Challenge. After years as a domestique, he was, at least to fans, a worthy GC leader. An overall win would have been a career highlight.
But Australian teammate Rohan Dennis, for whom victory wouldn’t even have been a season highlight in a year that saw him set a new UCI Hour Record and wear yellow at the Tour, isn’t sentimental. He grabbed the lead from Bookwalter with a solo victory in stage 4 and held it to the end.
“[Bookwalter] is the best teammate you could have,” Dennis offered. “But I can’t really let that get in the way.”
Honorable mention: Mikel Landa
What do you do when you’re storming to a stage win and your sport director is (reportedly) shouting at you to slow down for team leader Fabio Aru? Astana’s Mikel Landa simply removed his earpiece and rode on to claim stage 11 of the Vuelta. “I needed a win so I took my day,” he said.