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Bahrain–Merida Pro Cycling Team is a UCI WorldTeam cycling team from Bahrain which was founded in 2017.[1] Its title sponsors are the government of Bahrain and the Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer Merida.

Bahrain–Merida Pro Cycling Team
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Team information
UCI codeTBM
RegisteredBahrain
Founded2017
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI WorldTeam
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
Team manager(s)Brent Copeland
Team name history
2017–
Bahrain–Merida
Bahrain–Merida Pro Cycling Team jersey
Jersey
Current season

HistoryEdit

The idea for a Bahrain pro cycling team was started in August 2016 by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.[2] The team is financed by the government of Bahrain to promote the country worldwide.

DopingEdit

On 5 September 2018, the UCI announced that an out of competition test had resulted in an adverse analytical finding of Erythropoietin in a sample collected 31 July 2018. Kanstantsin Sivtsov was provisionally suspended pending the result of any B sample test. [3] This followed his back injury sustained whilst carrying out a recon of the time trial at the Giro earlier that year.[4]

Team rosterEdit

As of 1 January 2019.[5]
Rider Date of birth
  Valerio Agnoli (ITA) (1985-01-06) 6 January 1985 (age 34)
  Yukiya Arashiro (JPN) (1984-09-22) 22 September 1984 (age 34)
  Phil Bauhaus (GER) (1994-07-08) 8 July 1994 (age 25)
  Grega Bole (SLO) (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 34)
  Damiano Caruso (ITA) (1987-10-12) 12 October 1987 (age 31)
  Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 29)
  Rohan Dennis (AUS) (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 29)
  Feng Chun-kai (TWN) (1988-11-02) 2 November 1988 (age 30)
  Iván García (ESP) (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 23)
  Andrea Garosio (ITA) (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 25)
  Heinrich Haussler (AUS) (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 35)
  Kristijan Koren (SLO) (1986-11-25) 25 November 1986 (age 32)
  Matej Mohorič (SLO) (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 24)
Rider Date of birth
  Antonio Nibali (ITA) (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 26)
  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 34)
  Domen Novak (SLO) (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 24)
  Mark Padun (UKR) (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 23)
  Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) (1990-08-07) 7 August 1990 (age 29)
  Luka Pibernik (SLO) (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 25)
  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) (1982-11-30) 30 November 1982 (age 36)
  Marcel Sieberg (GER) (1982-04-30) 30 April 1982 (age 37)
  Dylan Teuns (BEL) (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27)
  Jan Tratnik (SLO) (1990-02-23) 23 February 1990 (age 29)
  Wang Meiyin (CHN) (1988-12-26) 26 December 1988 (age 30)
  Stephen Williams (GBR) (1996-06-09) 9 June 1996 (age 23)

Major winsEdit

2017
Stage 3 (ITT) Vuelta a San Juan, Ramunas Navardauskas
Stage 2 Paris–Nice, Sonny Colbrelli
Brabantse Pijl, Sonny Colbrelli
  Overall Tour of Croatia, Vincenzo Nibali
Stage 16 Giro d'Italia, Vincenzo Nibali
Stage 8 Tour of Japan, Jon Ander Insausti
  Ethiopia Time Trial Championships, Tsgabu Grmay
Stage 3 Vuelta a España, Vincenzo Nibali
Giro dell'Emilia, Giovanni Visconti
Giro di Lombardia, Vincenzo Nibali
2018
Stage 4 Dubai Tour, Sonny Colbrelli
GP Industria & Artigianato, Matej Mohorič
Milan–San Remo, Vincenzo Nibali
  Overall Tour of Croatia, Kanstantsin Siutsou
Stage 1, Niccolo Bonifazio
Stage 3, Kanstantsin Siutsou
Stage 5, Manuele Boaro
Stage 5 Tour of the Alps, Mark Padun
Stage 10 Giro d'Italia, Matej Mohorič
Stages 3 & 7 Tour of Japan, Grega Bole
Stage 1 Hammer Sportzone Limburg
Gran Premio di Lugano, Hermann Pernsteiner
Stage 3 Tour de Suisse, Sonny Colbrelli
  Spain Road Race Championships, Gorka Izagirre
  Slovenia Road Race Championships, Matej Mohorič
Stage 1 Tour of Austria, Matej Mohorič
Stages 2, 4 & 8 Tour of Austria, Giovanni Visconti
Stage 7 Tour of Austria, Antonio Nibali
  Overall BinckBank Tour, Matej Mohorič
  Overall Deutschland Tour, Matej Mohorič
Stage 3, Matej Mohorič
Coppa Bernocchi, Sonny Colbrelli
Gran Piemonte, Sonny Colbrelli
2019
Stage 4 Tour of Oman, Sonny Colbrelli
Prologue Tour de Romandie, Jan Tratnik
Stage 5 Tour of California, Iván García Cortina
Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné, Dylan Teuns
Stage 1 (ITT) Tour de Suisse, Rohan Dennis
  Taiwan Time Trial Championships, Chun Kai Feng
  Ukraine Time Trial Championships, Mark Padun
  Slovenia Road Race Championships, Domen Novak
Stage 6 Tour de France, Dylan Teuns
Stage 20 Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali
  Overall Adriatica Ionica Race, Mark Padun
Stage 2, Mark Padun
Stage 7 Tour de Pologne, Matej Mohorič

National championsEdit

2017
  Ethiopia Time Trial, Tsgabu Grmay
2018
  Spain Road Race, Gorka Izagirre
  Slovenia Road Race, Matej Mohorič
2019
  Taiwan Time Trial, Chun Kai Feng
  Ukranian Time Trial, Mark Padun
  Slovenia Road Race, Domen Novak

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bahrain–Merida Pro Cycling Team 2017 season". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Who is really behind the Bahrain-Merida team? - Cycling Weekly". Cycling Weekly. 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  3. ^ http://www.uci.org/inside-uci/press-releases/uci-statement-on-kanstantsin-siutsou
  4. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/siutsou-out-for-three-months-after-vertebrae-fracture-in-giro-ditalia-tt-recon-crash/
  5. ^ "Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team". Merida Bikes. Merida Industry Co., Ltd. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.

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