Human rights campaigners call for Tour de France ban on Bahrain-Merida

Bahrain-Merida denies links to government and distances itself from allegations of human rights abuses

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A campaign group has penned a letter to the president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), David Lappartient, protesting against the Bahrain-Merida team's participation in the Tour de France.

The letter has been signed by 11 campaign groups in total, including the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD). They're acting under the umbrella group, Sport and Rights Alliance.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.