Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Strong TBM ready for the heat at Tour Down Under
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Strong TBM ready for the heat at Tour Down Under

  |   Press

11th January, 2019   

Santos Tour Down Under from 15 to 20 January, Team BAHRAIN MERIDA is ready for our first season 2019. kick off at the heat of South Australia and he first stop for the world’s best cycling teams and riders, and is the opening event of the UCI World Tour.

In 2008 the Santos Tour Down Under became the first race outside of Europe to receive prestigious UCI World Tour status to guarantee the world’s best elite teams would make their way to Adelaide. First edition was held in 1999, the Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.

In Adelaide, Australia where the Tour starts from North Adelaide where the riders will strive for glory at one classic race and 6 exciting stages.

“We have a really strong lineup, it’s more a team for GC, so the main focus will be on GC”, commented our sports director Tristan Hoffman.

Domenico Pozzovivo and Rohan Dennis will share the leadership. Our team did really well at our December training camp in Hvar, Croatia. Rohan and Heino came a bit earlier to Australia and got used to the summer conditions and did good job here at the nationals. We are happy to launch Rohan Dennis, Marcel Sieberg and Phil Bauhaus as our new riders here and together with a big help and tactical skills of Heinrich Haussler, experience of Yukiya Arashiro and potential of Hermann Pernsteiner we are looking forward to achieve good results at Tour of Down Under. We hope that one of our two leaders finish in top rankings and hopefully Bauhaus will grab his chances for good sprints. .

Domenico Pozzovivo, one of our leaders: “I was working to be in a good shape at the start of  my 5th attendance at TDU as a leader with Rohan and be a protagonist at the last stage. Yesterday at the training I had a crash as we were going really fast. In the past I had number of such accidents and injuries and I believe that I will be ready for the Saturdays’ start. My objective will be to reach the top 10 in GC. I think we have a very good roster at the start of this race and for me it’s always a pleasure to start the season in South Australia because of the heat, good weather, the beautiful roads to race and a very competent public following every stage.”

Rohan Dennis is excited and looking positive in the eve of his homeland race; “It is great to be back in Adelaide where I grew up and where my family lives. It is really hot down here and it is another challenge for me and my new team. Here we have a very strong team. Domenico is our big  and experienced leader with lots of participations at TDU and we have Phil Bauhaus for sprints at most of the stages. I will see now how my preparations were successful and I believe that all is as I expected for the start of the season with my new team.


TBM lineup for Santos Tour Down Under:

Phil Bauhaus / Marcel Sieberg / Heinrich Haussler / Rohan Dennis / Domenico Pozzovivo / Yukiya Arashiro / Hermann Pernsteiner