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by Mark Zalewski
December 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out; Cadel’s Race gets curtain-raiser crit on Melbourne’s Albert Park F1 circuit; Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix; Tiesj Benoot extends with Lotto Soudal until 2019; Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation; Team UniSA-Australia names Tour Down Under first four; Geraint Thomas unable to defend Commonwealth Games title; Rohan Dennis still eyeing hour record; Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record; Latour breaks finger during training camp; Amador fined for riding on highway; Thieves use cycling apps to target victims; Movistar’s holiday season video.
Former hour record holder Rohan Dennis says he still wants to take another crack at the title. He broke the record in 2015 but was surpassed a few months later by British time trial champion Alex Dowsett, and then by Bradley Wiggins, with the title remaining with him. As to when the attempt might happen, the Australian said soon.
“Well, soon in the sense of not waiting 15 years like when [Jens] Voigt did it [at age 43], but about four or five years,” he said. “I think the whole reason behind that is that just need to get older and stronger. A lot of people say you need to wait, to ride on the track. In a way that’s true but I think you just need to be strong. I don’t necessarily lose power when I get lighter.
“It’s been said in front of Jim [Ochowicz, manager of BMC Racing Team] and he says ‘ah no, not yet, give it a few years’ and I tell him ‘don’t worry, I’m not thinking of the next two or three years’. I’d push more for 30 plus. But I’m not gonna wait till 35 either.”
This year will be more about the Giro d’Italia and the time trial World Championship title. “I’ve had my meeting with the directors and Jim, and the Tour isn’t off the table but we’re playing for the Giro and I’ll go in there basically looking after myself and freelancing a little bit. In a way I’ll be working on the GC for myself but without the team support. They’ll be there for Tejay [Van Garderen] and I’ll sort of float around,” he said.
“Winning a World Time Trial Championship this year would be great. I’ve seen that it probably suits me a little better than what it did in Qatar. Depending on what my schedule is in the second half of the season I’ll probably go after that. But if not, I’m sure that the team will want me in the team time trial and we’ll try to fit that in instead.”
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