Ineos world champion Rohan Dennis in lewd lockdown spat

Team Ineos' Australian world champion cyclist Rohan Dennis has closed his Instagram and Twitter accounts after appearing to break Spain's lockdown law over the weekend.

The talented 29-year-old from Adelaide is the world time-trial champion but has a reputation as a loose cannon and quit team Bahrain-Merida after parking his bike by the team bus and disappearing during the last Tour de France.

This weekend he voiced his dissatisfaction on Instagram with the length of the lockdown before deleting his accounts.

Screen grabs from other Instagram users showed posts such as: "Day 34 - cracked and left the house. #covid19 can suck my ass and so can #quarantine."

The accompanying photo appeared to have been taken on a country-road from a car.

Ineos is active in the fight against Covid-19, producing hand sanitiser and delivering it to hospitals.

Having won stages on all three Grand Tours Dennis joined Ineos for the 2020 season and would likely have been a contender for May's postponed Giro d'Italia and favourite to defend his world crown in Switzerland in September.

Dennis lives in Girona, close to the Pyrenees.

Dennis is widely reported to have told online critics he was only being honest and asking if they would prefer him to lie.

The rider famously climbed off his bike early in the 12th stage of the Tour de France in 2019 with no explanation a day ahead of a tim-trial he would have been favourite to win.

Dennis was at that time being primed as a Grand Tour contender who could pulverise time-trials and defend himself on the climbs, as he did when coming second on the 2019 Tour de Suisse.

Dennis won the first stage of the 2015 Tour de France and briefly wore the famed yellow jersey.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()
loading... Live
England 524/4
Ireland 172/10 & 25/2
Voting Booth
Who should replace Jacques Nienaber as Springbok coach after the 2023 Rugby World Cup?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Deon Davids
2% - 141 votes
Mzwandile Stick
6% - 336 votes
John Dobson
19% - 1087 votes
Johan Ackermann
23% - 1294 votes
Franco Smith
6% - 319 votes
Johann van Graan
3% - 194 votes
Jake White
7% - 393 votes
Rassie Erasmus
34% - 1981 votes
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.