Bahrain-Merida: 'The idea is to have a mega team in three years, like BMC or Sky'

Middle East WorldTour team Bahrain-Merida officially launched this weekend, with lofty aims for the coming seasons

Bahrain-Merida team 2017

(Image credit: Bahrain-Merida)

The Middle East's first WorldTour team launches from Bahrain this weekend with aim at being one of cycling's super teams in three years.

Team Bahrain-Merida will race as one of the 18 WorldTour teams in 2017 with star Vincenzo Nibali. The management's idea – and the idea of the prince behind it – is to see it at the same level as Sky, BMC Racing or Quick-Step.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.