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Rohan Dennis Australian Cycling star wins Tour of Switzerland prologue

The 27-year-old beat Swiss BMC teammate Stefan Kueng by eight seconds with Austrian Matthias Brandle of Trek nine seconds off the pace.

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Australia's Rohan Dennis cycles during the Men's Individual Time Trial event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016 play

Australia's Rohan Dennis cycles during the Men's Individual Time Trial event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016

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Australian Rohan Dennis won the Tour of Switzerland prologue on Saturday, flying around a 6km circuit in the central town of Cham at over 56kph to claim the first yellow jersey.

The 27-year-old beat Swiss BMC teammate Stefan Kueng by eight seconds with Austrian Matthias Brandle of Trek nine seconds off the pace.

Giro d'Italia winner and time-trial specialist Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands was fifth fastest, also at 9sec.

The world champion and fan favourite Peter Sagan was 16sec off the pace while his great rival, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet was just 30sec behind the winner.

The next two stages should provide bunch sprints giving Dennis the hope of holding on to yellow until at least Tuesday.

Wednesday through to Sunday sees the Tour roll over Switzerland's toughest mountains before a final day individual time-trial over 28.6km on the deciding day.

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