Rohan Dennis, the Australian Professional Racing Cyclist has finally revealed why he shifted to Jumbo-Visma from Ineos Grenadiers for 2022. Dennis revealed that the shift is because Jumbo-Visma is original than Ineos Grenadiers and also better.
Although he made the shift, he could not be there for the Jumbo-Visma presentation held in Spain. Dennis traveled back to Australia for the holidays but was able to send in a video message explaining the shift.
Highlights from the interview were,
“There’s a lot of things that the team is doing really well,” Dennis said. “I noticed when I was with Ineos that they were copying Jumbo with a lot of stuff. And I thought: Well, why would I want to be in a team that is copying a team on the other side of the fence?
“Why not go join that team and be on the front foot, not the back foot. So basically I want to move here because technically it is a better team. It looks like a great structure.
Jumbo-Visma’s Team Director Merijn Zeeman has declared the former time trial champion a “Dream Asset” and he can’t be more proud to have him on the team. Rohan Dennis is not alone though, he has secured himself a place in the upcoming Tour De France. His squad consists of Primož Roglič, Jonas Vingegaard, Sepp Kuss, Steven Kruijswijk and Wout van Aert.
Rohan Dennis is known for helping out his teammates and other cyclists. He helped Tao Geoghegan Hart win the 2020 Giro d’Italia. Although things took a drastic and unfortunate turn as he had to quit the Tour De France race mid-stage because of being unwell, after that he never rode for Bahrain-Merida again.
Dennis joining Jumbo-Visma is going to be beneficial for both parties. Jumbo’s Team Director Merijn Zeeman ensures that they will offer Dennis a more comfortable physiological and psychological environment, this way both the team and Rohan can grow and benefit each other.
“There’s a bit of pressure when you get a label. It’s not pressuring I don’t like, it makes me realize my importance in the team,” Dennis said.
Dennis is very eager to ride and perform in the 2022 Tour De France as part of Jumbo Visma.
“The big goal for me in the team is to do the Tour de France,” he said directly. “It’s a huge race, it is a circus and I really want to be part of a team that is potentially going to win.
Dennis is ready to ride and win for Jumbo Visma, this is what he had to say about his old mate Tadej,
“I’ll try and help the team beat old mate Tadej [Pogačar]. I like him but he is the enemy.”
Watch the Rohan Dennis interview:
Australia’s Road National Championships in 2022 will mark the Debut of Rohan Dennis, also the famous Santos Festival of Cycling that also happens to be in Dennis’s hometown-Adelaide. After all of this, Dennis is expected to return to Europe for the rest of the cycling tour.
Related: Rohan Dennis Secures His Win In Elite Men’s Time Trial: Australian Road Championships
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