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Team Ineos confirm signing of World Champion Rohan Dennis

Joe Robinson
9 Dec 2019

Double time trial World Champion puts tough 2019 behind him by joining Ineos

Time trial World Champion Rohan Dennis has joined Team Ineos in 2020.

The team confirmed the signing of Dennis for 2020 via its Twitter page on Monday morning seeing him snub offers from the likes of CCC Team and Movistar.

Dennis had a turbulent 2019 after signing with Bahrain-Merida from the now-defunct BMC. The 29-year-old mysteriously abandoned the Tour de France mid-stage on the eve of the Pau time trial, for which he was favourite, without injury or illness.

The rider immediately left the race and it has since been revealed that he returned to his home in Andorra that evening with psychologist David Spindler. 

Dennis never rode for the Bahrain team again before having his contract terminated in September.

Having not raced since 18th July, Dennis then returned to competition at the individual time trial World Championships in Harrogate, Yorkshire on 25th September.

He eventually defended his rainbow jersey, beating 19-year-old Remco Evenepoel by 1 minutes 9 seconds, and caught Primroz Roglic and Victor Campaenerts on course.

Dennis will now join Team Ineos in 2020 on an unknown contract and as for now, his place within the team is also an unknown.

His incredible firepower and time trialling skills will certainly lend themselves to the likes of Chris Froome and Egan Bernal at the Tour de France yet Dennis has already mooted the idea of skipping the race for his biggest ambition, the Tokyo Olympics.

'Any time I don’t have the perfect preparation race-wise, it’s [the Yorkshire Worlds] given me the confidence of knowing that’s not necessarily going to change the result,' Dennis told the Adelaide Advertiser over the weekend.

'Where people go "you have to do a Grand Tour" or "you have to do this or that", it is possible to win a time trial without it which was a big question mark.

'So coming into Tokyo it might not necessarily be the best idea that you have to do the Tour de France, let’s try to be more specific about it to get the best preparation for Tokyo and maybe that’s the best way.'

Talking to the team, Dennis confirmed he would race the Giro d'Italia, targetting its three individual time trials and supporting the team's General Classification goals, before focusing on the Tokyo time trial in August.

Commenting on the signing, team manager Dave Brailsford believes Dennis can help reach its ambitions for 2020.

'We all know what a world-class talent Rohan is. He is one of the best and most-exciting time trial riders in modern cycling and we are very pleased to have signed him at Team Ineos,' said Brailsford.

'We are all about building a team that is the optimum blend of youth and experience. Rohan knows what it takes to win. We can give him an environment now where he can best fulfil his own future ambitions at the same time as showing other younger riders at the Team what you have to do to succeed at the very highest level'

The acquisition is also further testament to the scary financial power wielded by Jim Ratcliffe and the Ineos team.

While retaining Grand Tour winners Froome, Bernal and Geraint Thomas, the team has also tempted Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz over from Movistar.

It is also expected that Carapaz will be joined by respected mountain domestique Andrey Amador in making the switch to the British WorldTour team for 2020.