Former world champion cyclist Rohan Dennis, 33, is facing serious charges related to the death of his Olympian wife, Melissa Dennis, 32. The incident unfolded when Rohan allegedly struck Melissa with a utility vehicle (ute), resulting in her sustaining severe injuries. The collision occurred around 8 pm on a serene, tree-lined street in the inner northern suburb of Medindie.

Following the fatal incident, Rohan Dennis was promptly arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care, and endangering life. Melissa was rushed to the hospital with grave injuries but tragically succumbed shortly thereafter.

Who is Rohan Dennis?

Rohan Dennis, born on May 28, 1990, in Adelaide, Australia, is a professional cyclist renowned for his time trial prowess and achievements in road racing. Standing out as one of Australia’s top cyclists, Dennis has made significant contributions to the sport, earning accolades for his exceptional abilities against the clock.

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Dennis gained widespread attention during the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, where he clinched the gold medal in the individual time trial. His remarkable time trial skills were further emphasized when he set a new world record for the fastest individual time trial at the 2015 Tour de France, covering the 13.8-kilometer stage at an astonishing pace.

However, Dennis made headlines not only for his victories but also for his unexpected withdrawal during the 2019 Tour de France. In a surprising turn of events, he abandoned the race on stage 12, raising questions and speculation within the cycling community. The decision remained shrouded in mystery, with Dennis and his team providing limited details.

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Despite the Tour de France incident, Dennis continued to showcase his prowess in time trials and road races. He joined Team INEOS Grenadiers, a prominent professional cycling team, in 2020, further solidifying his presence among elite cyclists.