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Rohan Dennis joins Bahrain-Merida on two-year deal

Joe Robinson
9 Aug 2018

Australian will add firepower to General Classification roster alongside Nibali and the Izagirres

Rohan Dennis has joined Bahrain-Merida on a two-year contract becoming the latest rider to leave the transitioning BMC Racing team

The Australian time trial specialist had been long-rumoured with a move away from BMC - who will be replaced in the WorldTour by Polish ProContinental outfit CCC - with Bahrain-Merida his likely destination.

These rumours have now become true with the Bahrani team confirming his signature on Thursday. 

The 28-year-old joined BMC Racing in 2014 following a mid-season transfer across from Garmin-Sharp. 

In his first full season at BMC, Dennis took overall victory at the Tour Down Under before taking yellow at the 2015 Tour de France with victory in the Stage 1 time trial in Utrecht, the Netherlands. 

Dennis has since worn the leader's jersey in the 2017 Vuelta a Espana and 2018 Giro d'Italia, winning the Stage 16 time trial to Rovereto at the latter

Having been a dominant force in stage race prologues and time trials for a number of years, Dennis has begun the slow transition to becoming a General Classification contender, with his first concerted effort at a Grand Tour overall victory ending in 16th place at this year's Giro.

Moving across to Bahrain, Dennis will join some of the world's most accomplished stage racers in Vincenzo Nibali and the Izagirre brothers, something that team general manager Brent Copeland thinks both the rider and team can profit from.

'Making this announcement makes us all very proud,' said Copeland. 'Rohan adds a great value to the team, not only as one of the world's best time trialists, but we believe his ability to race in the General Classification of Grand Tours is where we want to invest in and we are all very excited to be able to work together.

'Rohan is a true professional in all areas and we feel his professional mentality fits our team perfectly. His enthusiasm and exciting way of racing will definitely bring something special to the team.

'We welcome him and we’re excited to be able to support him through all his success he deserves with us.'

Dennis also commented on the move, stating that the team's honesty in its ambitions was a contributing factor to the move.

'The organisation has been upfront and honest about their plans and objectives for me the entire time, which is really positive,' said Dennis.

'As I know, we are working towards the same goals. I’m looking forward to working with a team that is going to invest in my future and I am very keen to see what we can achieve together.

'I would like to thank all at BMC for a great past four years where I felt I made good progress in my career and I can’t wait to continue that progress with Bahrain-Merida.'