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by Mark Zalewski
July 28, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie; Benatti wins Tour of Denmark, stage 1; UCI finds no evidence of motor usage at Tour de France; Analysis: What can pro cycling learn from the IOC’s handling of whistleblowers?; Gilbert to Etixx-QuickStep?; Nibali responds to critics ahead of Olympics; Bahrain Cycling Team moving forward; Iranian women arrested for cycling in public; German broadcaster ARD uncertain about future Tour coverage; Raleigh increases prices by 10 percent after Brexit; Man who knocked cyclist off bike and choked him spared criminal record; Cast members from ‘American Flyers’ to appear at Interbike awards; Five Thirty Eight podcast discusses Team Sky dominance; Wiggle-High5 at La Course; Real Team Sky meets Mini Team Sky; Questionable course design at Tour of Denmark
The status of the long-speculated Bahrain Cycling Team was updated today, as the Kingdom of Bahrain officially announced its support of the programme for the 2017 season. The press release had no details on the team, both in terms of riders or managements, saying only that it would consist of “internationally renowned athletes” and “globally recognized cycling experts.”
The release stated that the team would be funded “through a consortium of businesses and partners from Bahrain”.
“We are thrilled to be able to announce the Bahrain Cycling Team today, as Bahrain holds a great love for this growing sport,” said a spokesperson for the consortium in the release. “As a country we already compete internationally in a range of sports, and we want to continue this though our commitment to international cycling. Professional cycling is one of the most exhilarating sports in the world, and it is with the hope of enriching the global cycling scene that we take part in this beautiful sport and hope to make the world around us a better place.”
The team has been at the center of controversy for much of the year as human rights groups have alleged that the man behind the project, Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has directly and indirectly been involved in torture.
Speaking to CyclingTips earlier in the month at the Tour de France, UCI president Brian Cookson said that an application had yet to be received.