Rod Ellingworth hails 'unique opportunity' as he is confirmed as Bahrain-Merida team principal

The former Team Ineos coach will start the role in October

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Rod Ellingworth at the Tour of Britain 2016 (Tim De Waele/Getty)

(Image credit: Corbis via Getty Images)

Team Bahrain-Merida have confirmed Rod Ellingworth as their new team principal.

He will take up the role on October 1, but in the interim will be working with the team's leadership to plan for the 2020 season and beyond.

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