Rohan Dennis dispute with Bahrain-McLaren thrown out by UCI

The time trial world champion had an acrimonious split with his old team mid-way through the 2019 season

Rohan Dennis (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
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The dispute between Rohan Dennis and Bahrain-McLaren has been thrown out by the UCI.

Time trial world champion Dennis had a very public falling out with his old team during the 2019 season, which resulted in Bahrain terminating his contract mid-way through the year.

Dennis then lodged a complaint with cycling’s international governing body, arguing he should be paid until the end of 2020.

But the UCI arbitration board dismissed the claim, saying: “The board issued today (Thursday, July 30) a decision in the case opposing Mr. Rohan Dennis to the paying agent Bahrain World Tour Cycling Team of the UCI WorldTeam Bahrain-McLaren.

“The Panel dismissed the rider’s claims. The decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 30 days.”

Tensions between Dennis and his team boiled over during the 2019 Tour de France when the Australian mysteriously abandoned the race on stage 12 with no explanation. The Tour’s only individual time trial was coming on the next stage, with the now two-time world time trial champion a clear favourite for victory. Allegedly however, the differences between the team and the rider developed because of Dennis dissatisfaction with the equipment provided to him for time trials.

Dennis did not race for the team, then called Bahrain-Merida, again and went on to win a second consecutive world time trial title on an unbranded BMC bike instead of the team issue Merida.

Then immediately after the world championship road race in Yorkshire last September, where Dennis played a support role for the Australian team, Bahrain announced they had terminated Dennis’s contract.

The contract termination took place on September 13 according to the statement released by the team, but was not made public until after the World Championships to allow Dennis space to prepare.

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Dennis has since signed with Team Ineos on a two-year deal.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.