Lancaster mentioned Dennis looked as if it would have compatibility smartly into the squad that includes Excursion de France champions Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and 2019 winner Egan Bernal, in addition to the reigning Giro d’Italia victor, Richard Carapaz, at a contemporary coaching camp in Spain.
“Rohan walked in and the very first thing I noticed was once he was once enjoying a recreation of chess with [British national champion] Ben Swift,” Lancaster mentioned.
“Folks say what they would like about him however let me inform you, we’ve got were given numerous tough riders in groups and no longer announcing he’s in any respect, he’d be on one of the most simple lists for me. He is been a excitement to paintings with up to now. It is all about simply giving him the precise pointers, giving him a just right race program after which sticking to what you do.
“He is no other to someone else. He loves a shaggy dog story and the British guys, they prefer numerous banter.”
Dennis excels in time trials however in recent times has concerned about changing into an all-rounder, making improvements to his hiking and reducing weight to grasp an overarching ambition of changing into a grand excursion contender.
In that sense, Ineos, which has gained seven Excursions de France in 8 years, is an ideal have compatibility. Alternatively, their roster is so stacked with stage-race skill that the succession line to management is lengthy and it isn’t inside Dennis’ nature to play a toughen function.
Lancaster does not imagine the 29-year-old should forgo his long-term purpose on the squad and did not rule him out of competition for the Giro, which Carapaz will input as protecting champion, in Might.
“There’s 3 time trials there and I am not certain at the present time. We’re going to see his [Dennis’] situation when he is going into it, if he’ll be going for general,” Lancaster mentioned.
“We have were given Carapaz and he’s going to be main. This 12 months if it occurs, it occurs however once in a while it could actually figure out like that. Carapaz went into the Giro [last year] no longer as a pace-setter and he ended up profitable it.
“I feel someday, come subsequent 12 months, when he [Dennis] will get the Olympic gold or on the other hand it seems, 2021 we will be able to take a seat down and possibly have a look at the classes and he may just in reality be an actual contender for a grand excursion. However at the present time his thoughts is in reality targeted at the time trialling and that Olympic gold.”
Dennis travelled to Japan after the Excursion final 12 months with a countrywide crew contingent to check up on Tokyo 2020 race routes.
He has no longer totally defined what led to him to dismount his motorbike right through level 12 of the Excursion de France and, flanked via his agent, stroll out of the race at the eve of the one time trial.
Retired Australian rider Lancaster was once on vacation right through the Excursion however loved dinners with Dennis and mutual buddies in Spain thereafter, prior to both knew they might be running in combination at Ineos.
“He was once targeting getting in a position instantly for the arena championships after that let-down,” Lancaster mentioned.
“I am certain there’s causes for it, being psychological, bodily, or politics. Myself, being in some groups [where] issues do not go with the flow correctly and also you do have little disagreements, or there’s numerous groups which might be badly controlled as smartly, I have been in some up to now. However he did what he needed to do. That is non-public for him.”