'Ineos were copying Jumbo' – Dennis reveals reason behind move

Rohan Dennis has revealed his decision to leave Ineos Grenadiers for Jumbo-Visma came down to a desire to be “on the front foot, not the back”.

The Australian will ride for Jumbo in 2022, a team he believes are best placed for success on the WorldTour and one his former side were guilty of copying.

“There’s a lot of things that the team is doing really well,” Dennis said, per Cyclingnews.

“I noticed when I was with Ineos that they were copying Jumbo with a lot of stuff.

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“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.



“I’m also coming back to semi-where I started, back when I was with Rabobank in 2011.

“It’s slightly different, that was a Conti team, so a lot different. But I think it’s a nice move and I’m really excited about it.

“In the sport, there’s usually one or two teams that are really pushing to find the one or half-a-per cent and, at the moment, that team leading is Jumbo.”

Dennis did not travel to Spain for his new team’s presentation, instead opting to head home for the Road National Championships and the Santos Festival of Cycling in Adelaide.



The 31-year-old, however, will feature in Jumbo’s upcoming Tour de France campaign and will form part of a squad featuring Primoz Roglic, Jonas Vingegaard, Sepp Kuss, Steven Kruijswijk and Wout van Aert.

Team director Merijn Zeeman believes Jumbo have all the tools necessary for Dennis to flourish both physically and mentally in 2022, and the Tour could be the perfect place to start.

“The big goal for me in the team is to do the Tour de France,” Dennis said.

“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.

"I’ll try and help the team beat old mate Tadej (Pogačar). I like him but he is the enemy.”


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Published 13 January 2022 at 10:11am
By SBS Cycling Central
Source: SBS