Rafal Majka the latest name linked with proposed Bahrain team as more details emerge

Lampre-Merida manager Brent Copeland will move to the Bahrain team next season, with riders like Rafal Majka, Valerio Agnoli and Alessandro Vanotti also linked with the team

Rafal Majka on stage fourteen of the 2015 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Watson)

The proposed Bahrain team is busy this month preparing to become the first WorldTour from the Middle East in 2017. It selected Brent Copeland to manage its team and met with the UCI to explain its project.

Copeland will leave WorldTour team Lampre-Merida at the end of 2016 to manage Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa's project, an insider confirmed to Cycling Weekly.

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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.