The defending Champion for BMC is dead set on winning for the second time in Australia
Rohan Dennis has made it more than clear that he is aiming for the second win at the Santos Tour Down Under and make history. Like the BMC rider said on an interview on Tuesday, he is in top form and his team has extra advantage with Richie Porte.
Lets be honest, our team is great said Dennis, the winner of the Australian time trial title on January 7th. I was going really well at Nationals, not unlike last year I might even be better than last year, to be honest. But I still have to be careful regarding the tactical parts at the Tour Down Under, its easy to lose the race if you're not careful. I just have to be smart about my daily routine and not mess it up, especially with the good form Im in.
Richie Porte is a part of the BMC team at the Tour Down Under. The overall contender will be side by side with Peter Velits, Alessandro De Marchi, Danilo Wyss, Floris Gerts and Marcus Burghardt.
Will Dennis rely on Porte and share the overall responsibilities regarding classification? Like Dennis says, Our greatest strength at this moment is that we have two shots to fire. All the other team have one option, maybe two. If I fail, Richies on as long as the team wins, we all win.
Regarding the competition, Dennis feels that Geraint Thomas with the Team Sky might be the biggest threat overall. But the other Australian riders in the peloton should also be considered.
Geraint is a real threat according to Dennis. Its a good thing Richies on my team, but there are always others to consider, all the Australians. There's Jack Bobridge who hit it really hard at the Nationals and he is in great form right now, as well as Nathan Haas and Cameron Meyer.
Our biggest advantage is the fact that we are used to the heat that will most definitely be prevalent during the race. You can definitely count on an Aussie being in the top three contenders.
According to Dennis, the toughest part about the Tour Down Under will be the crosswinds, which could be the biggest threat to his overall title.
The good thing about this race is that some of the pressure will be off Dennis, because he will be riding with more riders in top form, all capable of winning the Tour Down Under. But he would be the first rider to win back-to-back titles, and that puts him in a special position. Andre Greipel won the race two times (in 2008 and 2010) and Simon Gerrans won it three times (2006, 2012 and 2014.
I can't possibly claim to be the favorite said Dennis There are many riders in top shape, some of them might be better than me. All I know is that I want to make history and win, but there is always the chance of not winning well see what's in the cards.