PAU – Rohan Dennis said he "reluctantly" withdrew from the Tour de France on Thursday but provided little indication as to why he left the race and went off the radar for over an hour.
"I am very disappointed to leave the race at this point," Dennis said in a statement released by his Bahrain Merida team on Friday.
"Obviously the individual time trial tomorrow had been a big goal for me and the team but given my current feeling it was the right decision to withdraw."
Time trial world champion Dennis, one of the favourites for Friday's 27.2-km individual effort against the clock, pulled out 80km from the finish of the 12th stage on Thursday.
The Australian's team, Bahrain Merida, however, were unable to locate him for over an hour, before he was spotted with his bike parked against the team bus near the finish line.