With less than 72 hours to the start in Kufstein, Austria, pressure and expectations are growing on every team at the Tour of the Alps (April 17th-21st), and notably on those riders who are looking forward to a final dress rehearsal before contending for the Giro d’Italia, such as Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and the last Giro del Trentino winner, Mikel Landa (Team Sky).
Aussie Rohan Dennis will be one of the most expected riders at the start. Like Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, the BMC rider is trying to evolve into a GC contender: Dennis will be called to prove his consistency on the big mountains, after his second place overall at Tirreno-Adriatico has strengthened his credentials and ambitions.
“I am coming into Tour of the Alps with the Giro d’Italia at the front of my mind. I have been working hard following Tirreno – Adriatico and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya so, I’m looking forward to testing myself here – Rohan Dennis said. – Tour of the Alps will be part of my final preparation ahead of May. My main priority will be to test myself throughout the race and whatever happens on the General Classification happens.”
BMC’s Sports Director Maximilian Sciandri selected a strong line-up to support the team leader. Italian Damiano Caruso will be the second option of the US squad, whilst Brent Bookwalter, rookie Kilian Frankiny and Italian Manuel Senni – the latter in the spotlight at Vuelta Valenciana and Giro dell’Appennino, both finished in third place – are also valuable cars to play.
Another determined American team will take part in the Tour of the Alps, Cannondale-Drapac, carrying three options for the GC in Pierre Rolland, Joe Dombrowski, and Davide Formolo. Three strong riders, no designated leader: the Tour of the Alps might give the final verdict on who the team leader at the Giro d’Italia could be.
Rohan Dennis will attend the Tour of the Alps top-riders press conference on Sunday April 16th, 4,30 pm CET at the Kufstein University (Andreas Hofer Strasse, 7), along with Mikel Landa, Thibaut Pinot and Michele Scarponi.