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Dennis Set to Lead BMC Racing Team at Abu Dhabi Tour
16 February 2018 Santa Rosa, California (USA)
BMC Racing Team is heading to the Abu Dhabi Tour next week (21 - 25 February) with Rohan Dennis set to spearhead the team's General Classification ambitions.
Dennis will be joined at the start line by a strong and well-rounded team, BMC Racing Team Sports Director Maximilian Sciandri said.
"Abu Dhabi Tour will be more decisive this year with the addition of the individual time trial. With this in mind and our strength across the team in this discipline, we will go to the race with Rohan Dennis as our leader for the General Classification. He is coming out of some strong performances during the Australian season, and we believe he will be able to carry that momentum into a successful ride at this race. We have a strong roster as we look towards the start of the race, with riders like Miles Scotson, Joey Rosskopf, and Patrick Bevin. Plus we have seen some good signs from Brent Bookwalter already this season as well as Damiano Caruso and Kilian Frankiny, who I think will play a crucial support role and can be up there to help guide Dennis on the summit finish. So, overall I think we can go to Abu Dhabi with strong expectations," Sciandri explained.
For Dennis, the Abu Dhabi Tour is a key building block as he looks ahead to the rest of the season.
"My main goals for the Abu Dhabi Tour are to win the time trial but also to test myself on the mountain-top finish. This race will be a good opportunity to see where I am compared to other GC guys at this stage of the year and what I need to work on looking ahead to the Giro d'Italia in a couple of months," Dennis said.
Abu Dhabi Tour (21 - 25 February)
Rider Roster: Patrick Bevin (NZL), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Rohan Dennis (AUS), Kilian Frankiny (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Miles Scotson (AUS)
Sports Directors: Maximilian Sciandri (ITA), Noël Dejonckheere (BEL)