The aspirations of Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis may be the reigning world champion in the time trial, but he still has aspirations beyond aero bars. The post The aspirations of Rohan Dennis appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Nibali pays the price in UAE Tour

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Jumbo-Visma's punishing pace on Jebel Hafeet had many victims, not least Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ). Nibali was shown the backdoor of the lead group on the summit finish of stage 3 of the UAE Tour with 5.7 kilometres remaining, saying later that he "paid for the rhythm" set by the Dutch squad. Jabel Hafeet was the first opportunity this season for Nibali to test his legs on a climb under racing conditions. The UAE Tour is his opening race of the season having come straight from a high-altitude training camp in Tenerife. Prior to the race, Nibali had been tentative about his chances and it proved rightly so. The Italian tapped away at his own rhythm, crossing the line 1:17 behind the stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), in a group containing Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky). With some months until his primary goal ...

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Dennis to play support role at UAE Tour

Rohan Dennis joined Bahrain-Merida in the off-season

Rohan Dennis ( Bahrain-Merida ) says that he will play the team game at the UAE Tour this week. Dennis is lying just eight seconds off the race lead after helping his team to third place in the opening team time trial, but the 28-year-old is leaving the GC battle up to his new teammates Vincenzo Nibali and Damiano Caruso. "That's up to the two Italians, Caruso and Nibali, I'm here as support. I had my chance at the Tour Down Under and now it's time to back off a bit until the Tour de France," said Dennis, as he warmed down following the ride. Bahrain-Merida were the 10th team to leave the start ramp on Al Hudayriat and it was quickly apparent that they were in strong form as they smoothly exchanged positions and set the fastest intermediate time. Like many of the teams, they dropped down to the ...

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Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto Disc — gallery

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto Disc — gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) begins his 2019 season at the UAE Tour later this month, and like all of his Bahrain-Merida teammates, will likely race on a disc-equipped Merida Reacto or Scultura. Unlike Nibali's teammates, however, the Italian — along with Bahrain-Merida leaders Domenico Pozzovivo, Rohan Dennis and Damiano Caruso — has the option to opt out of racing discs for specific races. The remainder of the squad will race with disc brakes throughout, joining the likes of Trek-Segafredo, Katusha-Alpecin, Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-QuickStep who have all committed to racing on discs for the entire season. Nibali has a reputation for a racing style from a bygone era, attacking on impulse and feeling, rather than the more calculated approaches that focus on watts seen in recent years. During Nibali's foray into the cobbled Classics early last season — and again during the Roubaix ...

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Bahrain-Merida gather in Croatia for training camp - Gallery

Vincenzo Nibali speaks with media at the Bahrain-Merida team camp

Following a day of medical tests at the IRR Rehabilitations Institute of Turin, riders for Bahrain-Merida are spending this week on the Croatian island of Hvar for a first full training camp with the 2019 roster. Star rider Vincenzo Nibali and new recruit Rohan Dennis were on hand and ready to greet their new teammates. Bahrain-Merida added eight new riders in 2019, including three from the former BMC Racing Team: Dennis, Damiano Caruso and Dylan Teuns. Also new to the team this year are Marcel Sieberg from Lotto Soudal, Jan Tratnik from CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Phil Bauhaus from Team Sunweb, Andrea Garosio from d'Amico-Utensilnord and Stephen Williams from SEG Racing Academy. The team are also breaking in rider-turned-director Franco Pellizotti in his new role. Click or swipe through the Bettini photo gallery above for a glimpse of this week's camp. You can read more at

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Offseason Capsule: Bahrain Merida

Lots of Meh, not much Bah, but a surprising amount of Wow One of cycling’s monied new projects had a relatively quiet second year but took a huge step in the right direction. There were a few glorious moments. What we said last year I pointed out that 2017 had been a team dominated by Nibali’s performance, without much spread of points. I wondered what we’d get from Sonni Colbrelli and outlined a range of possible outcomes, vowed never to underestimate Nibali again, and entirely missed the imminent emergence of Matej Mohoric. Fortunately, that error was rectified in the comments. What we got in 2018 The last win of 2017 was an unsurprising monument victory for the evergreen Nibali. The first win of 2018 (that I care about - for effect, I’m ignoring a Dubai stage and the GP of industry and artichokes) was another monument win for Nibali. This ...

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De Marchi vows to help Teuns seal a victory in Italian classics

Alessandro De Marchi on the podium

Alessandro De Marchi ( BMC Racing ) captured the victory at the Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday in Bologna. Instead of basking in his own glory, however, the Italian said he aims to help his teammate Dylan Teuns secure a victory, too, before the late-season classics come to an end at Il Lombardia next weekend. "I think after today, I have to use the final races of the season to say thank you to Dylan, especially because today, he was really helpful and he did an amazing job for me. I know he wants to race for the win and I would like to help him to do that," De Marchi said in a team press release. "I have shown that I am in good shape and you never know what can happen but now is the time to do something for him and also maybe for Damiano [Caruso] as he ...

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BMC Racing sign off with a fifth and final podium place in team time trial

Rohan Dennis on the front for BMC Racing

The BMC Racing team finished on the podium of the UCI Road World Championships team time trial championships for a fifth consecutive time but were unable to sign off with a final victory before the team becomes CCC in 2019 and many of its big-name riders move elsewhere. The BMC Racing riders won the world title in 2014 and 2015 and so were logically disappointed to finish third, 19 seconds slower than winners Quick-Step Floors and silver medalists Team Sunweb, who were a second faster. Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Stefan Küng, Greg Van Avermaet, and Tejay van Garderen were second fastest behind Mitchelton-Scott after 22.8km but slipped to third fastest after the climb to Axams after 45km. They lost Küng at this point after the Swiss rouleur made a huge contribution during the 40km flat roads and were unable to match Quick-Step Floors’ finishing speed. “We did everything ...

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Aru declines spot on Italian team for Worlds road race

Fabio Aru (Italy).

Claiming he's not feeling at his best, Fabio Aru ( UAE Team Emirates ) has declined a spot on the Italian team for Sunday's road race at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck. Aru raced last at the Memorial Marco Pantani on Saturday, the second-to-last finisher in 54th place, 4:04 down on winner Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec). The Italian one-day was Aru's first race since the Vuelta a Espana, where he finished 23rd overall after crashing heavily on a descent during stage 17. Italian coach Davide Cassani had earlier confirmed Aru as part of a seven-rider group announced on September 17, with the final rider on the eight-rider roster to be named later this week. Instead of naming one rider, however, both Gianluca Brambilla and Dario Cataldo have been added to the roster and Aru removed. The revised roster includes Brambilla, Cataldo, Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De ...

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BMC Racing aiming to bow out with World Championships TTT victory

Rohan Dennis (BMC)

BMC Racing Team completed their final reconnaissance ride on the World Championships team time trial course in Innsbruck on Saturday morning, quietly confident that they have the power and speed to win a final title in the event. Team Sunweb beat BMC Racing Team by eight seconds in Norway last year, completing a double victory in the men’s and women’s team time trial. BMC last won the world title in 2015 but are competitive in every team time trial they ride and hope to sign off with a third title as a tribute to late team owner Andy Rihs before merging with the Polish CCC team. Time trial coach Marco Pinotti and the team’s management have selected Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis , Stefan Küng, Greg Van Avermaet and Tejay van Garderen, opting for riders who can handle the 4.6km Axams climb and ride in tight formation at over ...

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Dennis leads BMC roster for Worlds TTT

BMC riders finish the team time trial at the Tour de France

Fresh off his duo of time trial wins at the Vuelta a Espana , Rohan Dennis will lead BMC Racing into the UCI Road World Championships team time trial with hopes of reprising their 2015 victory. BMC have won the event twice since the UCI revived it in 2012 - in 2014 and 2015 - and the team have been on the podium every year but 2013. With the UCI announcing this is the final year for the trade-team-based event, and with the team in their final year in the BMC configuration, they're extra motivated to go out with a win. "It is no secret that the team time trial is one of our favorite disciplines and one that we have targeted for many years," said team General manager Jim Ochowicz. "For us, it is disappointing that this will be the final trade team time trial at the world championships, ...

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Nibali and Moscon confirmed for Italian Worlds team

Vincenzo Nibali climbs to Balcón de Bizkaia during stage 17 at the Vuelta

Vincenzo Nibali and Gianni Moscon are set to lead the Italian elite men’s team at the Road World Championships in Innbsruck. National coach Davide Cassani confirmed seven of the eight-man squad at a press conference in Milan on Monday, with four riders in a short list for the final spot. Nibali and Moscon will be joined on the team by Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), Franco Pellizotti, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Damiano Caruso and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC). Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafred), Dario Cataldo (Astana Pro Team), Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) are in contention for the final berth, with a decision to be taken following this week’s series of four one-day races in Italy. The Giro di Toscana is on Wednesday, with the Coppa Sabatini the following day, while the Memorial Pantani and Trofeo Matteotti take place at the weekend. An Italian selection will compete in each race. The ...

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Caruso: Nibali's call persuaded me to join Bahrain Merida

Damiano Caruso battles the elements early on stage 5

After four years with BMC Racing, Damiano Caruso will reunite with Vincenzo Nibali. The pair rode together earlier in their careers at Liquigas and Cannondale before going their separate ways, but Nibali's personal intervention during contract negotiations earlier this summer persuaded Caruso to sign for Bahrain Merida on a two-year deal. Caruso has forged a career for himself as one of the most respected and valued riders in the peloton. Although not a prolific winner he has been highly consistent throughout his years in the sport and in some regards is the perfect WorldTour specimen - a rider who can gain valuable WorldTour points, while also working in the services of others during key points in the season. For the 30-year-old, however the chance to win a Grand Tour with Nibali was a major draw in moving to Bahrain Merida after the uncertain summer at BMC Racing. "I was a ...

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Who is riding where? 2019 team transfer roundup

Who is riding where? 2019 team transfer roundup

Your guide to the notable names set to change teams this off-season. Read the full article at Who is riding where? 2019 team transfer roundup on .

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Arctic Race of Norway: Toupalik wins stage 3

Adam Toupalik gave Corenden-Circus their second win of the Arctic Race of Norway

Cyclo-cross star in the making Adam Toupalik claimed his maiden pro road victory at the Arctic Race of Norway in a spectacular finale in Hammerfest. The 22-year-old from Czech Republic managed to stay away from the peloton led to the line by his teammate Mathieu Van der Poel, who scored a one-two for Corendon Circus. Sergei Chernetski extended his lead in the overall ranking thanks to the three seconds bonus awarded to the third placed rider on the eve of the conclusive stage 6 to Alta. "This is my biggest win," Toupalik said. "In the last kilometre, I looked behind to the peloton. We were in three and I thought it was time to start. Nobody caught me when I attacked. I looked behind in the last 50 metres and I realized that I'd win and Van der Poel, my teammate, was positioned for finishing second. Only when I crossed ...

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Arctic Race of Norway: Mathieu van der Poel wins opening stage

World Cup leader Mathieu Van Der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

A hot favourite for stage 1 – and possibly for the overall classification as well – Mathieu Van der Poel met the expectations as he showed his class to win the uphill sprint at Kirkenes in stage 1 of the sixth Arctic Race of Norway ahead of Russia's Sergei Chernetski and Belgium's Benjamin De Clercq. "It feels good to win this race," Van der Poel said. "It was a pretty hard day. I was at the back in the beginning when a group went away. I didn't expect it because the wind was blowing from behind, so I didn't think such a big group would go. The pace was incredibly high all day. Even in the bunch, it was hard because of the wind. On the local lap at the end, it was just a question of staying at the front. The last curve was very important. But I was ...

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Geschke signs with CCC for 2019

Simon Geschke (Sunweb).

Simon Geschke has signed for the newly formed CCC team for 2018. The 33-year-old German has spent his entire career at Team Sunweb and its previous title sponsors, but has now decided to take up the new challenge of riding alongside Greg Van Avermaet. A dependable climber and domestique, Geschke won a stage of the 2015 Tour de France but has forged a career working for others. He recently helped Tom Dumoulin to second place at the Tour de France and has raced 11 Grand Tours in total. "I was looking for a new challenge after 10 years with the same team, as that is a long time. I wanted to change teams at least once in my career and I thought this year would be a good time, and then this opportunity came up so I took it," Geschke said in a statement released by the team. "The team ...

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De Marchi signs with new-look CCC team for 2019

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) on the attack

BMC Racing holding company Continuum Sports has announced that Alessandro De Marchi will remain with the team under their new guise next season. De Marchi joins Greg Van Avermaet , Nathan Van Hooydonck and Michael Schär as confirmed as staying, while Guillaume Van Keirsbulck has already been announced as a new signing. Patrick Bevin is also set to stay but has not yet been confirmed by the team. De Marchi joined BMC Racing in 2015 after two years with the Cannondale team, and two with Androni-Giocattoli before that. He is known for his regular appearances in breakaways and won the combativity award at the 2014 Tour de France. He also has two stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana, from 2014 and 2015. With the team’s lengthy search for a sponsor, De Marchi had looked elsewhere for next season but chose to remain with the team after they secured CCC ...

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Rohan Dennis departs BMC for Bahrain

Rohan Dennis departs BMC for Bahrain

The latest news from transfer season sees Rohan Dennis sign with Bahrain-Merida as he continues to chase a grand tour win. Read the full article at Rohan Dennis departs BMC for Bahrain on .

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Caruso signs two-year deal with Bahrain-Merida

Damiano Caruso in the leader's jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico

Damiano Caruso has signed a two-year contract with Bahrain-Merida that will take him through the end of 2020. The move marks the end of his four-year term with BMC Racing , a team that looked set to disband but was saved when title sponsor CCC stepped in to take over the program. "I'm really excited about this opportunity," Caruso said in a team press release issued on Wednesday. "I've always considered this team well-organized and well-structured. "Moreover both management and riders have shown interest in me, so when the opportunity came up, it was very easy to find an agreement. I believe this is the right team for me and I think that this choice can be of benefit to everyone." Cyclingnews first broke the news of Caruso's move from BMC to Bahrain-Merida in July, noting that the official announcement was set to happen after the transfer window of August ...

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