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The Bahrain-McLaren Pro Cycling team started life as Bahrain-Merida and joined the Union Cycliste Internationale’s top-flight WorldTour in 2017.

The squad is backed by a group of Bahrain businesses and British motor racing team McLaren. Bahrain’s Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has been a driving force behind the creation of the team.

Vincenzo Nibali was arguably the squad’s biggest signing on its inception, and led the Middle East squad into the Grand Tours. Italian Nibali has since signed for Trek-Segafredo.

Nibali duly delivered the team’s biggest wins in its debut year, winning a stage of the Giro d’Italia, a stage of the Vuelta a España and Il Lombardia. He followed this up with a memorable victory in the 2018 Milan-San Remo after a late attack.

2019 also saw a smattering of results, with two Tour de France stage wins from Dylan Teuns and Vincenzo Nibali, with the latter also finishing second in the Giro.

The team parted ways with current time trial world champion Rohan Dennis for prematurely qutting the Tour de France, with the Australian signing for Team Ineos for 2020.

This season’s signings of Mark Cavendish and Mikel Landa will lead the team in sprints and GC respectively. Another notable signing for the year was Wout Poels.

With McLaren stepping up as title sponsor for 2020, Rod Ellingworth has been selected as team manager, with the former British Cycling coach joining after a long stint with Team Sky.

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