The Rohan Dennis threat

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But that was on the Merida bike. He is riding the worlds on a BMC bike...same he had when he became WC. Different situation. Was Campy not informed of this?
Don't know, and surely the bike will make a difference, but you have to wonder, if the fact that he was only able to take a handful of seconds on Bernal in TDS, was all because of the bike. Personally, i don't buy it. At this point, i'm thinking the bike will make a bigger difference in his head, than on the road.

I mean, he lost one second per km on Lampaert. Not on van Aert or Roglic. Unless he loses 2sec per km due to the bike, i'm not buying it.
 
There is hardly anything Merida can say to make this situation any better other than pretending this never happened.

Edit: Well they could blame it on the helm/wheels but no legitimate company would ever do that.
They could have at least published some generic PR garbage like "our bikes meet the highest demands of professional cycling and include the most advanced technology available" or so. But also maybe they just do not care so much, being that big and not that dependant on some Rohan Dennis, or as you said, concluded that the best strategy was to pretend this never happened.
 
There is hardly anything Merida can say to make this situation any better other than pretending this never happened.

Edit: Well they could blame it on the helm/wheels but no legitimate company would ever do that.
If Merida are smart, they had their design guys sit with Dennis, ask what he does and doesn't like about the bike and go back to the drawing board.

It's not like manufacturers haven't done this in the past, and they can even turn it to their advantage - "The new Merida Warp TT. Co-designed with World TT Champ and TDF Stage winner Rohan Dennis..."
 
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It will be really interesting for sure, if Dennis were to get his ass kicked on the WC ITT by Evenepoel, Campenaerts, Roglic etc... on his BMC bike. I wonder how the "lousy bike" story will get spun should that happen. Maybe in that case, it will be an off-day on a good bike?
 
Don't know, and surely the bike will make a difference, but you have to wonder, if the fact that he was only able to take a handful of seconds on Bernal in TDS, was all because of the bike. Personally, i don't buy it. At this point, i'm thinking the bike will make a bigger difference in his head, than on the road.

I mean, he lost one second per km on Lampaert. Not on van Aert or Roglic. Unless he loses 2sec per km due to the bike, i'm not buying it.
Fatigue of stage race
 
While every other rider in the field will be racing on the bikes they use with their trade teams throughout the season, Dennis is heading off-piste. Cyclingnews spotted a blacked-out BMC Timemachine at Cycling Australia’s hotel in Yorkshire, which is the bike he rode to the world title 12 months ago.

Uh-oh.
 
While every other rider in the field will be racing on the bikes they use with their trade teams throughout the season, Dennis is heading off-piste. Cyclingnews spotted a blacked-out BMC Timemachine at Cycling Australia’s hotel in Yorkshire, which is the bike he rode to the world title 12 months ago.

Uh-oh.
We knew this already though? You even posted it two weeks ago in the Evenepoel topic iirc.
 
He would not be welcome in my team after what he did at the Tour, being World Champion or not!

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So, interesting fact; (reported both today, and during the Vuelta): Rolf Sørensen mentioned that he and Dennis Ritter actually saw Dennis at a restaurant the day he abandoned, but decided not to tell anyone.
 
Find myself wondering if "Threat" instead of "Thread" in the title was intentional, prophetic, or both. :D
Not the first that's been mentioned here! :(

What an interesting case. What will he do next year? Here's a guy who can dominate TTs and hang in the mountains, at least in a one-week race...and yet...maybe BMC can rebuild their team around him since he's the best salesman for their bikes!

I'm pretty sure he'll be riding in the WT next year. Being a repeat world champion offsets a lot of other stuff.
 

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