Tratnik and Mohoric must have some rebadged Ineos equipment today if Merida and Sportful is so terrible
The title of best TTer has been in almost yearly rotation since the heyday of the Martin/Cancellara era heyday some 10 years ago. FWIW, it seems rare for a rider to hold that honor over consecutive years:topt said:he is not the world best TT riderBroccolidwarf said:One would assume, that Dennis has been given promises on development of equipment, when he signed...... and that those promises has not been kept.Leinster said:Then why, as a TT specialist, sign for a team with "MERIDA" right there in their name? Even if the Sheik himself personally drove a Ferrari full of cash up to his house, he still had to know what equipment he was getting himself into. He probably would've had to take a paycut, but if he'd signed for, say, DD for this year, he'd still be on a BMC bike, he'd be wearing Assos kit, and his sponsors would be in charge of the time keeping at all the major races.DNP-Old said:I said it in the beginning of the year, during the Tirreno: Dennis decline isn't due to some transition to becoming a GC threat, it's the Merida bikes. They're godawful on itself, let alone when compared to the BMC wondermachine. So in that sense, I completely understand him. To make such a point of it, in the middle of a stage, after 7 months however is a bit strange.18-Valve. (pithy) said:as per HLN.be
"Allegedly Dennis gave up after an argument with the team management."
"out of dissatisfaction with his time trial suit and bike"
A cycle manufacturer doesn't sign the worlds best TT rider, without that being an important part of the deal.
I think he is replying to an article that said he left Pais Vasco after two stages because it was equal to the two days he was meant to do in the Ardennes. The email shows the team gave him that option.ppanther92 said:What is he doing?
That just makes him look even worse. This mail contains a perfectly fine request by the team, even giving him a good option to only target the ITT and doing a TdF recon afterwards. And his SO gets involved too...
But this would surely be a breach of contract.Dennis isn't just riding. He is bringing what looks to be a BMC TT bike. He'll be hard to beat now.
...but then...It was reported that Dennis and management at Bahrain-Merida had been having disagreements over his equipment and skinsuit, however, neither Dennis nor the team have confirmed that such disagreements were the direct cause of his abandon.
So he hasn't confirmed that equipment was behind him quitting the Tour.Dennis confirmed that he will race on an unmarked time trial bike during the World Championships, along with components from the Australian national team.
"It is what they [national team] deem the best thing for my body shape and my position for me to try to win," Dennis said.
It's been done before. I remember Michael Rogers riding the 2008 Olympics on an unmarked Cervelo P3, then there was the UK team using their unmarked BC bikes in 2012. That's just off the top of my head.So has he left Bahrain Merida? He is still listed on their website as a member of that team, and under contract, apparently, for next year.
But it is reported that
But this would surely be a breach of contract.
There is hardly anything Merida can say to make this situation any better other than pretending this never happened.He is most likely obliged under the contract with the team to use Merida equipment also when riding in national team colours. But this does not mean that team will not turn a blind eye in this particular case. Merida (bike brand) has been entirely silent so far since his Tour abandon.