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Australian cycling world shocked following cyclist Melissa
ADELAIDE - 2 January 2024
The death of world champion cyclist Melissa Hoskins and the arrest of her husband Rohan Dennis
have sent shock waves through Australian sporting circles and the broader cycling world.
As reported by the ABC News on Sunday, expressions of grief have flowed for the 32-year-old
mother-of-two, who died after she was hit by a car near her home at Medindie in Adelaide.
According to the ABC, her husband Rohan Dennis, who is also an internationally renowned cycling
champion and former Tour Down Under winner, has been charged with multiple dangerous
The 33-year-old — who had been due to take part in a Tour Down Under pre-race family ride in
less than a fortnight — will face court in March.
With the matter currently before the courts, police have refrained from going into detail, but are
appealing for anyone with information that could help the investigation to come forward.
The crash happened on Avenel Gardens Road at Medindie, a suburb in Adelaide’s inner north,
where emergency services were called just after 8pm on Saturday night.
In an initial statement, police said Ms Hoskins “suffered serious injuries” when she was hit by a
car, and she was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment.
“Sadly, she died in hospital overnight,” police said on Sunday morning.
Major Crash investigators and SA Police detectives attended the scene of the crash.
On Monday police said they could provide little further detail about the sequence of events but
indicated CCTV could help determine the circumstances.
“I can’t really reveal too much about the actual investigation because it is currently before the
courts,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Rob Papworth said.
When asked whether the victim had been on a bike at the time she was hit, Acting Assistant
Commissioner Papworth responded: “Not that I’m aware of.”
“The matter’s still subject to investigation but that’s not information that I’m aware of,” he said.
Melissa Hoskins was a two-time Olympian whose achievements included helping power Australia
to team pursuit glory at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling Championships.
“I’m a veteran at 24,” she said in an interview with website Bike Exchange, shortly after the world
“My biggest achievement to date would be the world title and world record that we won this year
in the teams pursuit in Paris, on the track.”
Ms Hoskins began competitive cycling at age 16 and, in an interview with Cycling Australia, she
spoke of the determination that compelled her to achieve the best she could.
“My coach once said to me, ‘You’ve got this opportunity to do something extraordinary and the
rest of your life to be ordinary’ — I’ve kind of got that opportunity so I’ve got to roll with it,” she
Mr Dennis is himself an internationally successful cyclist, with multiple career achievements
including victory in the 2015 Tour Down Under.
He is a multi-stage winner at cycling’s Grand Tours, and during the 2015 Tour de France he briefly
secured the coveted yellow jersey and led the race.
He also has a bronze and a silver Olympic medal, from the 2020 Tokyo and 2012 London games
Police have said the 33-year-old, who has been granted bail, will appear in the Adelaide
Magistrates Court on March 13.
The ABC reports that he has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving
without due care and endangering life.
Police have appealed to anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000 or online.
(Source: ABC News)
Adelaide, South Australia