The former Australian cyclist, former wearer of the yellow jersey at Grande Boucle, has been charged on suspicion of causing the death of Melissa Hoskins by hitting her with a car on Monday (January 1). In 2019, while passing a commune in Haut-Garonne, he suddenly got off his horse and ran to his wife.
The 33-year-old young retiree competed in his last race in Quebec in September, while Australian Rohan Dennis was arrested in the Adelaide suburb of Medindie on Saturday (December 30). Former champion Melissa Hoskins, 32, his wife and mother of his two children, is suspected of causing the fatal crash. According to local media reports, emergency services were unable to revive Dennis after he was hit by the pickup truck he was driving.
The person, who was arrested and taken into police custody, was released on bail after his arrest on charges of “manslaughter and endangering the lives of others by reckless driving” and is expected to be tried in March. The tragedy occurred just meters from the family’s home.
Dual time trial world champion (2018, 2019), winner of three Grand Tours, winner of Tour Down Under 2015 and “La Provence” 2017, was a professional for seventeen years (competing for years) with Jayco, Rabobank Continental, Garmin, BMC, Bahrain Merida, Ineos and Jumbo Visma) and participated in four Tour de France. In 2015 he beat Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara and Tom Dumoulin to wear yellow in the inaugural time trial in Utrecht.
He bid farewell to the Cierp-Gaud Tour to join his wife
The long, unconventional career of the Australian driver at the center of this sad news has seen some powerful moments at Occitania. In 2019, he said goodbye to the Tour de France by dismounting for no apparent reason at the refueling point of the 93rd km between Toulouse and Bagnères-de-Bigorre in Comminges in Cierp-Gaud. The Bahrain team was counting on him for the time trial in Pau the next day… The following year, Dennis stated that he gave up to save his marriage.
He explained it this way: “It was a combination of things. There were really details that the team missed and promises that were not kept. But to be honest, those were just little things. Reasons that were far removed from the race.” This broke the camel’s back. I had a very frank conversation with my wife right before the tour. It wasn’t a good conversation and it made me realize what I had become. During the Tour de France I told myself it wasn’t like that. It was worth it and there was so much more to life than cycling. I want to be happy and to be honest, I could end up alone and fall into the category of professional athletes who divorced less than a year after the birth of their child. So I didn’t continue and stopped at the aid station.”
He did not start the ninth stage at Saint-Girons in his first race of 2013 and is still heading towards Bagnères. Further east, at the 2017 Vuelta in the Nîmes arenas, the team won by BMC took the lead at the end of the time trial.