CCC Pro Team boss Jim Ochowicz was disappointed because his offer was rejected by Rohan Dennis. Dennis, the 2019 Individual Time Trial (ITT) world champion , finally chose to join the star-studded team, Team Ineos. Ochowicz worried that Dennis’s career had faded there because the team was star-studded.
Yes, Team Ineos is indeed worthy of being called Los Galacticos of the world of bicycle racing. This team is strengthened by great racers, like Geraint Thomas, MichaÅ ?? Kwiatkowski, Egan Bernal, until the superstar Chris Froome.
“I don’t know exactly what Dennis considered. There it is already crowded. They have 25 rock stars . While we only have six, “said Ochowicz, as reported by Cyclingnews.
Ochowicz’s statement apparently was not just an empty message. The hard competition in an established team like Team Ineos is echoed by his former driver, David de la Cruz. This Spanish rider became part of Team Ineos in the 2018 and 2019 racing seasons.
De la Cruz appeared in two Grand Tours , namely Giro d’Italia, and La Vuelta a Espana in the 2018 racing season.
Whereas in the 2019 season De la Cruz only descended on one Grand Tour, namely Vuelta a Espana. He no longer races in Il Lombardia. Instead, De la Cruz was deployed in other monument races, namely Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
“Being there gave me a new experience. “I can learn from racers like Froome, Thomas and Kwiatkowski,” he told Cycling News.
However, the portion of the race at the prestigious event is getting smaller, making De la Cruz decided to move to the UAE-Team Emirates next season. De la Cruz did not deny that Team Ineos was already crowded with top-class racers.
“There are a lot of good drivers there. When in a team with fierce competition within the team itself, it is difficult to find my place there. That is the main reason I did not appear as I wanted, “he explained.
De la Cruz found new hope by joining the UAE Team Emirates next season. It was Joxean ‘Matxin’ Fernandez who persuaded him to join the UAE. Both have worked together at Deceuninck – Quick-Step.
“When someone calls after a difficult year, and puts their trust in me, it becomes motivation. I will try to get the best results. Not only for myself, also for people who already believe in me, “he said.