The cycling world is starting 2024 with shock following the death on Sunday of world team pursuit champion Melissa Hospkins in the Adelaide region (Australia) and the indictment of her husband, former leading professional runner Rohan Dennis. “Manslaughter by reckless driving and endangering the lives of others.”
According to Australian media, 32-year-old Melissa Hoskins was hit by a pickup truck driven by 33-year-old Rohan Dennis on Saturday, December 30. The seriously injured woman was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where local police pronounced her dead on Sunday morning.
The International Association of Professional Women Cyclists declares itself “I was shocked” To learn about the death of Melissa Hoskins. “We send our thoughts to those who loved him, starting with his children. (the couple had two)and who had the good fortune to journey with him through a very short life.”CPA announced the women’s association on social networks.
Released on bail
“Melissa said her gold medal in the team event at the 2015 World Championships was the best result of her career, but the best part for everyone around her was that she was there.” Australian Cycling Federation president Marne Fechner writes in a press release:
Melissa Hoskins, who competed in track cycling events at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, retired from the sport in 2017. She has also spent part of her career on the road racing with the Australian GreenEdge team (2012-2015).
According to Australian media, Rohan Dennis was released on bail following his indictment and will stand trial in the Adelaide Magistrates’ Court in March. Dennis is a well-known name in the professional peloton, from which he has just left (his contract with the Jumbo-Visma team expired on December 31, 2023).
Australian Rohan Dennis won the world time trial title in 2018 and 2019. A specialist in this solo effort, he won the first stage of the 2015 Tour de France, which allowed him to carry the yellow jersey for a day. During his career he has been a member of some of the top professional teams (Merida, Ineos, Jumbo-Visma) and has also won the Italian and Spanish Tours.