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After four years as a co-title sponsor with LAMPRE-MERIDA, at the beginning of 2017, MERIDA BIKES joined the BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team, not just as a technical sponsor but also as the main partner of this newly formed team. After three incredible years, MERIDA BIKES then joined forces with the Team BAHRAIN McLAREN for the 2020 season. It’s safe to say 2020 was a challenging year for the pro peloton with its fair share of ups and downs, but for 2021 MERIDA is staying with the BAHRAIN Cycling Team and forming the new Team BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS as the official bicycle supplier and technical partner. This move allows us to fully concentrate on providing the team with the best material possible.
Over the three years of its existence, the BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team managed to achieve an impressive tally of 199 podium spots, 53 of which were on the top step. Despite the challenges of pandemic-hindered 2020, BAHRAIN McLAREN still managed to generate a string of positive results (37 podium places including 9 top step results) which fired the team up more than ever to dive into the next chapter of the BAHRAIN Cycling Team Project. At MERIDA, this feeling is mutual and we are immensely proud to look back at what we have achieved together. However, it is now time to look forwards and to put all our efforts into supporting the new Team BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS. The new team will have access to three different bikes, allowing the individual rider to go for their preferred setup as well as tailor their machines perfectly for the various terrains, courses and conditions. The riders will use the MERIDA SCULTURA and REACTO on stages and single-day events and the TIME WARP dedicated TT bike for individual and team time trials.
The 2021 roster of Team BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS: Yukiya Arashiro (JPN), Phil Bauhaus (GER), Pello Bilbao (ESP), Santiago Buitrago (COL), Eros Capecchi (ITA), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Sonny Colbrelli (ITA), Feng Chun-Kai (TWN), Scott Davies (GBR), Jack Haig (AUS), Marco Haller (AUT), Heinrich Haussler (AUS), Kevin Inkelaar (NED), Mikel Landa (ESP), Ahmed Madan (BHR), Gino Mäder (CHE), Jonathan Milan (ITA), Matej Mohoric (SLO), Domen Novak (SLO), Mark Padun (UKR), Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT), Wout Poels (NED), Marcel Sieberg (GER), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Jan Tratnik (SLO), Rafael Valls (ESP), Stephen Williams (GBR) and Alfred Wright (GBR).