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Cort wins in Oman, Modolo in Andalucia, Factor One updated: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 17, 2018

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Dennis eyeing TT victory in upcoming Abu Dhabi Tour

by Shane Stokes

Australian time trial champion Rohan Dennis is seeking to use the same solo speed to strong effect in next week’s Abu Dhabi Tour, with the TT a target of major importance for him. He was confirmed on Friday as the BMC Racing Team’s captain for the race, and made his objectives clear.

“My main goals for the Abu Dhabi Tour are to win the time trial but also to test myself on the mountain-top finish,” he said. “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.”

He will be joined by six others in the lineup, namely Americans Joey Rosskopf and Brent Bookwalter, the Kiwi Patrick Bevin, Italy’s Damiano Caruso, Kilian Frankiny (Switzerland) and Australia’s Miles Scotson. The race begins next Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

“Abu Dhabi Tour will be more decisive this year with the addition of the individual time trial,” said BMC Racing Team directeur sportif Max Sciandri. “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. Overall I think we can go to Abu Dhabi with strong expectations.”

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