Franco Pellizotti is latest rider to join Bahrain-Merida team

Italian Franco Pellizotti will join Vincenzo Nibali for Bahrain-Merida's inaugural season in the WorldTour

Franco Pellizotti

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Italian 38-year-old pro Franco Pellizotti has been signed by the Bahrain-Merida team for 2017, joining Vincenzo Nibali for the squad's debut season in the UCI WorldTour.

Pellizotti brings with him a wealth of experience, having made his professional debut in 2001. He can count two Giro d'Italia stage victories and a career-best fourth place overall in the Italian Grand Tour in 2008.

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