Rohan Dennis joins BMC Racing in a seldom seen mid-season transfer

Aug 1, 2014
Category: Stage 2  Stage 3  Transfer News 

When I took this photo of Rohan Dennis and Taylor Phinney hanging out in the green room before the Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 podium ceremony last May, I don’t think either athlete could have imagined that they would become teammates on BMC Racing this season, but that’s what happened today (August 1) after a rare mid-season transfer arrangement. Dennis, a 24-year-old Australian in his second pro season, makes the swamp from one American WorldTour team, Garmin-Sharp, to another enabling the 24-year-old Australian to join BMC Racing beginning Monday (August 4).

“I want to thank Jonathan Vaughters, my teammates and the staff at Garmin-Sharp for all the opportunities they gave me the past year-and-a-half. I had a lot of success with Garmin-Sharp and I’m very thankful for that,” said Dennis, who won Stage 3 atop Mount Diablo at this year’s Amgen Tour of California en route to a second place General Classification finish. Dennis was the runner-up at the Stage 2 time trial in Folsom behind Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and ahead of Phinney.  

One of the reasons for the transfer was Dennis’s desire to reunite with BMC Racing’s sporting director Allen Peiper. “My first experience with professional teams was with him at the Tour Down Under when I went to Garmin-Sharp. I think he is one of the best guys to look after me and I am looking forward to working with him as part of another great team. I am very excited for my future at the BMC Racing Team,” said Dennis, who won silver Thursday at the Commonwealth Games in the individual time trial. “I would also like to start winning time trials in Europe and hopefully get on the podium for a tour in Europe, not just for a stage or a time trial. To get a good overall position at a stage race is a huge goal of mine."

It is highly speculated that Dennis will be part of BMC Racing’s roster for the season’s final grand tour, next month’s Vuelta a Espana.