Rohan Dennis has signed for Team Bahrain Merida, the team announced today. The Australian cyclist has spent the past four years with BMC Racing.
Dennis began his career by focusing on the track and was part of the Australian team that took the silver medals in the team pursuit at 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In 2013, he started his professional career in 2013 with Garmin-Sharp.
In his opening season, he won the Tour of Alberta and finished second at the Tour of California the following year. In 2015, he enjoyed a particularly successful season, breaking the World Hour record and also winning the Tour Down Under and USA Pro Cycling Challenge overall. He also won a stage of the Tour de France, where he held the yellow jersey.
This season, he won stages at the Tirreno–Adriatico, Giro d’Italia and the Abu Dhabi Tour in addition to winning the Australian National Time-Trial Championships.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Bahrain Merida for the next two years,” said Dennis. “The organisation has been upfront and honest about their plans and objectives for me the entire time, which is really positive. As I know, we are working towards the same goals. I’m looking forward to working with a team that is going to invest in my future and I am very keen to see what we can achieve together.
“I would like to thank all at BMC for a great past four years where I felt I made good progress in my career and I can’t wait to continue that progress with Bahrain Merida.”
General Manager Brent Copeland commented on the arrival of Rohan to Team Bahrain Merida: “Making this announcement makes us all very proud. Rohan adds a great value to the team, not only as one of the world best time trialist, but we believe his ability to race in the general classification of Grand Tours is where we want to invest in and we are all very excited to be able to work together.
“Rohan is a true professional in all areas and we feel his professional mentality fits our team perfectly. His enthusiasm and exciting way of racing will definitely bring something special to the team. We welcome him and we’re excited to be able to support him through all his success he deserves with us.”