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The Rohan Dennis threat

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Lefevere wrote in a column of his that he would kick Dennis' ass if he'd do to him what he did to Bahrain, so I wouldn't bank on Lefevere asking for a signature anytime soon.
I dare say that DQS' Specialized gear would be up to spec. From all reports they are one of the brands most of the pros would prefer to be using, especially the Shiv
 
Not a good look, but is it an endorsement of BMC and Giro or a slap in the face of Merida and Rudy Project?

Strange that everyone is obsessed with this while AG2R replaced their Eddy Merckx with repainted Ridley's prior to the TDF and it barely registers.
For all the interest in pro equipment it's surprising how little information gets about about what they actually use in races at times beyond a few comments. There have always been rumours about certain riders using custom suppliers but nothing ever seems to be reported eg. Purito apparently using a repainted Sarto frame instead of Ridley.
 
Not a good look, but is it an endorsement of BMC and Giro or a slap in the face of Merida and Rudy Project?

Strange that everyone is obsessed with this while AG2R replaced their Eddy Merckx with repainted Ridley's prior to the TDF and it barely registers.
Eddy Merckx bikes is owned by Ridley, so I guess it is less of a conflict than when the frames are not similar.

Dennis is probably just so pissed off at this point that he is using his 'old' equipment. Although Merida bikes have a bad rep for TT bikes, from the outsider's perspective, I cannot see any functional reason for why Dennis has opted to use a BMC in the road race.
 
I cant see anyone other then Ineos signing him, even then he will probably seethe over equipment.
As I said somewhere, Merida makes only 3 sizes of TT bike, with the medium expected to c suit riders 167cm to around 183cm. That's not going to suit everyone.

Meanwhile, Pinarello does 5. I'm sure he'll have a size in the range that will fit and handle correctly for him.
 
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CCC could also sign him, it's the old BMC team and they managed to handle him pretty well.
Sunweb probably have the money and a decent Aussie faction, but that would surprise me.
Slongo has praised his win on Twitter, are we sure that he won't join Nibali at Trek?
 
He hasn't been with Bah-Mer since Sept 13 so he's free to ride his preferred stuff.

It was very generous of the team to keep things quiet until after worlds.

Is he set on riding specific equipment next year? Will he go to CCC because of the ownership/management team that he knows?

I guess we'll have to wait and see...
 
So... they terminated the contract on September 13, but only made it public now in order to "allow him undisputed preparation". However, I can't help but wonder if they'd made it public earlier, then there might not have been all the "he's not on a Merida bike!" talk...
 
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Well hard to blame either side really, Bahrain-Merida gave him subpar equipment and he was unable to produce results. Dennis was losing 50 watts with the new time trial bike.

Dennis could have handled it better but it would be equivalent of giving Djokovic a wooden racket. I'm sure Djokovic blow a fuse at some point too if he was stuck in that kind of situation.

We can speculate all we want but Dennis' performance at the World Championship ITT speaks for itself.

If he goes to Ineos I'm sure he would give the team some juice in the flats and TTT. Maybe given a free reign in the second ITT.
 
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