Rohan Dennis has proven many things in his first season as a professional road cyclist. He has shown he can win a bike race, time trial superbly, climb hills well, and is good enough to earn a Tour de France start.
Little wonder then, the 23-year-old South Australian also believes he can prove one more thing before the year is out: that he can race in all three events at the world road championships in Florence from September 22-29.
At first, Dennis wasn't sure if, at this stage of his career, he would be able to race three times in one world championship week, starting with the 57-kilometre team time trial for his American Garmin-Sharp trade team; then three days later for Australia in the 58km men's elite individual time trial, followed by the 272km men's elite road race after four days.
But he became more confident about his capabilities after winning the six-day Tour of Alberta in Canada last Sunday, and after an impressive debut professional season that began with its challenges - starting with a fractured collar bone sustained in a pre-season training crash, and then with him falling ill with ''all the symptoms of viral meningitis'' to miss the Tour Down Under in January.
The Garmin-Sharp team and Cycling Australia are both expected to name their respective world championship line-ups after the Vuelta a Espana that finishes in Madrid on Sunday.
Dennis believes he is ''in the running'' for Garmin-Sharp's team time trial line-up. Of the other two events, his main focus has been the time trial, but he now believes he can be a valuable support rider for whoever leads Australia in the road race - most likely Cadel Evans and Richie Porte.
''I've said to a lot of people that the goal this year was to make the individual time trial at worlds and the road race is always up in the air,'' Dennis said. ''There are a lot of factors - [such as] … someone maybe more experienced to help out, and they won't have to be directed as much. So I never really expected the road race to be a major option for me this year.
''The time trial comes down to whoever can really put down the power for that distance and the time it will take … There are not as many tactics in it.''
But Dennis feels his most recent performance in Canada has lifted him to a new level after an already stellar season that includes his third place in the stage six time trial of the Tour of California in May; second place in the stage four time trial of the Criterium du Dauphine in June, in which he wore the leader's yellow jersey for a day before finishing eighth overall; and selection for the Tour in which injury meant he had to leave the race before the planned two-week mark.
''I know I am not in the running to be the leader … I have never raced over 230km,'' Dennis said. ''The race is closer to 300km and is a hilly day.
''But I hope I am there for the experience and to help whoever is [team leader], which would be huge.''
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