Rohan Dennis says that Crew Ineos is his “dream group”, following the announcement on Monday that the Australian will sign up for the British WorldTour group in 2020.
Dennis give up mid-way thru this 12 months’s Excursion de France whilst racing for his new-for-2019 group Bahrain-Merida, however did not race for the squad once more after what have been an alleged confrontation over the group’s apparatus and clothes choices.
For the next two months, Dennis coaching in particular for the International Championships time trial in Yorkshire in overdue September, culminating in a a success defence of the sector identify in opposition to the clock.
In mid-October, Crew Ineos emerged because the favourites to signal the 29-year-old South Australian, regardless of passion from the likes of CCC Crew, Movistar and Trek-Segafredo, and Dennis stated in a video posted on his new group’s web page that is he is now raring to move for the brand new season.
“In a corny type of manner, it is been the dream group for me since about 2012, after I in point of fact felt like I may just pass skilled,” Dennis stated. “It by no means took place with Sky again within the day, however now that it is Ineos – the similar group – I am in point of fact excited initially the group.”
Dennis alluded to his exacting calls for in relation to all issues time trialling, obviously believing he is made the suitable selection with Crew Ineos.
“There are all the time issues I will be able to enhance on, and that’s the reason why I have picked Ineos as a result of they are additionally prepared to push me,” he stated.
“I love to push the groups I am in to take a look at to enhance each and every little factor conceivable, with out going too loopy, as a result of from time to time you’ll get somewhat too excessive,” Dennis admitted. “However I believe love it’s one thing I convey to a group: ‘K, that is nice, however to stick on most sensible, you have to stay pushing to be higher.’
“There is the era facet of items as smartly,” he persisted. “It isn’t almost about being a little bit of keen on the group; it is about how exact the group has been over time.
“They have were given that observe background and so we have were given that similarity in that sense,” stated Dennis, who began out at the observe, and is a two-time group pursuit international champion and a silver medallist in the similar match on the 2012 London Olympics, in addition to having set the Hour Document in 2015.
“The innovation of running with the most productive conceivable merchandise which can be available on the market and to be had to us, that is one thing I am in point of fact , particularly in relation to time trials.”
“In my opinion, the Olympics [time trial] is my greatest function for 2020. I had a little bit of an unlucky match in Rio, which stopped me from medalling,” Dennis stated, relating to his aero bars having damaged in 2016, when he went on to complete 5th following a bike-change, 1:10 down on winner Fabian Cancellara.
“I need to turn out that I will have to had been on that podium,” he stated. “And no longer simply silver or bronze; I would like that gold medal. The Olympics handiest come each and every fours years, and so if one thing is going mistaken in Tokyo, it’s a must to wait till 2024, which is what makes it somewhat bit particular.”
But even so every other tilt at Olympic gold subsequent summer time, within the months sooner than, Dennis stated that he’s going to be concentrating at the 3 person time trials on the Giro d’Italia, which will get beneath manner in Budapest, Hungary, on Might 9, with an 8.6km prologue and finishes on Might 31 in Milan with a 16.5km person time trial. In between is a 33.7km TT on degree 14, which provides as much as just below 60km in opposition to the clock on the 2020 Italian three-week race.
“Previously, the Giro do not need excited me an excessive amount of, however thankfully subsequent 12 months, and strangely for a Grand Excursion, there are 3 time trials, which is best for me being a time-trial specialist,” stated Dennis.
“I will be able to in point of fact pass there and check out to nail the ones, whilst seeking to paintings for whoever our GC rider is as smartly. Additionally it is thrilling figuring out that this group has this type of sturdy line-up in relation to GC leaders in Grand Excursions, and figuring out that we’ve got a in point of fact sturdy likelihood of completing it off and being at the podium, and a top likelihood of being on that prime step in Milan.”
Within the interim, Dennis is taking a look ahead to getting his season beneath manner, and getting to grasp his new teammates somewhat higher.
“I am beautiful fascinated with attending to camp in Mallorca,” he stated. “From what I do know, it is very an important. It is about development that dating as briefly as conceivable. We race early with the Excursion Down Beneath, so development that close-knit workforce from the phrase pass is essential to get the most productive conceivable leads to January.
“I am fortunate that I do know somewhat some of the guys already, and so I am excited to understand how they paintings. You pay attention tales and spot issues within the peloton, however you do not in point of fact know. I need to understand how they paintings, and what makes them so just right as smartly,” stated Dennis.