Not GC at a GT, anyway, but I’m sure they’d let him go for it at Suisse again, or other week-long stage races (California, Eneco) that (usually) have a decent length TT, and don’t get in the way of winning the Tour.Well if he still wants GC chances he won't be going to INEOS
As long as his new team has a TT bike that fits and handles correctly I doubt he will care which brand it is.
Specialized, Pinarello, Cervelo, Colnago, BMC, Scott, Giant etc all have at least 4 sizes of TT bike. I think Canyon and Merida are the only WT sponsors with less.I think this would be the key. I'd guess there have to be at least 2-4 bike manufacturers that should have a TT bike that would fit him correctly and handle the way he wants it to. Just all obviously aren't going to work. Obviously BMC works well for him. I'd think both Pinarello and Specialized bikes would work as well. (I think Specialized has 4 sizes so might work).
Then he should be alright with most teams as there are more options. Don't know if Canyon will do a custom frame or not, but they do do custom pieces for the riders for length.Specialized, Pinarello, Cervelo, Colnago, BMC, Scott, Giant etc all have at least 4 sizes of TT bike. I think Canyon and Merida are the only WT sponsors with less.
I agree. I still think there is something off about this story. I thought it was the MacLaren thing. Now I'm thinking it was a deal: Don't publicly trash our sponsors and we will stay quiet about the termination so this isn't an issue for you.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...
Any team that is confident in not needing equipment sponsors would be happy to have him. FTFY.He’s the ITT WC. Any team that is confident in its equipment would be happy to have him.
It depends, I’m sure the Olympic TT will be a big goal for him, and he’ll probably get free reign in the TT’s and on decent equipment too. It’s not like he’s going to expect to be a big GC guy on a team like Ineos anyway.Ouch. Bad choice for Dennis if true, I don't think towing Froome, Thomas, Bernal and Carapaz is going to go down well
That's the other catch - Dennis wants the opportunity to become one. Ineos can't even guarantee free reign in the TTs, let alone GC in a stage race and we all know it.It depends, I’m sure the Olympic TT will be a big goal for him, and he’ll probably get free reign in the TT’s and on decent equipment too. It’s not like he’s going to expect to be a big GC guy on a team like Ineos anyway.
In an Olympic year, I think the foolish GC ambitions will be put on hold, with such a hilly Olympic TT and worlds course it’s going to be interesting planning the campaign with multiple peaks. A year at Ineos, with the support they can provide and a good payday, is not the worst thing for Dennis at this point of his career.That's the other catch - Dennis wants the opportunity to become one. Ineos can't even guarantee free reign in the TTs, let alone GC in a stage race and we all know it.
I love in the VN story how the contract goes from €1,000,000 to €1,250,000 and €1,500,000. And how the dollar exchange rate used switches from $1.20 to $1.10.So has his value really dropped by over a million euros (comp. for 1 season) since the drama at the Tour then the drama of the Worlds? Best he can hope for is 225k euro/year now?