A strong Six Pack of TBM heading California and leaded by Rohan Dennis
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team will attend with six riders, but with a strong lineup for the team debut at AMGEN Tour of California 2019.
AMGEN Tour of California is an annual professional cycling event that is the only men’s cycling event in the U.S. on the UCI World Tour calendar and attracts some of the most renowned cyclists and teams in the world. The seven-day Men’s stage race will begin the 2019 race in Sacramento and conclude in Pasadena, covering more than 800 miles, this will be the eleventh time in the event’s 14 year history that the peloton will travel from north to south in the Golden State.
AMGEN Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines.
Tristan Hoffman, Team BAHRAIN MERIDA Sports Director says: “We have high goals, we have a strong and compact team. Without a TT this year, stages with uphill finishes will be a priority for GC . There are two main sprint stages and two other with the possibility of a select group sprint. Depending on GC time gaps after the mountain finish at penultimate stage, the fight for the GC will most likely go until the last stage. We have two main focuses; Rohan Dennis for GC, no matter that this years’ race will be without a TT. It will be challenging for Rohan but still the goal is top five. He proved in the past with 2 stagge victories and 2 runner-up placements in the GC that Tour of California is suitable for him. We have all rights to expect stage wins with either Phil Bauhaus at sprinter stages, Ivan Cortina or another rider for breakaway stages.
Our clear goals are top 5 in GC with Rohan Dennis, stage podiums with Phil Bauhaus, Ivan Cortina or any of our strong riders from the “Six -Pack” of TBM. We had to adjust to the situation, because of some injuries in our team and riders preparing for the other races, but no matter, we are very motivated for the upcoming AMGEN Tour of California 2019.
Team BAHRAIN MERIDA line-up for AMGEN Tour of California 2019.;
Marcel Sieberg, Ivan Cortina, Rohan Dennis, Phil Bauhaus, Heinrich Haussler, Hermann Pernsteiner