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by Mark Zalewski
August 2, 2016
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Taiwanese bike brand Merida announced on Monday it will supply bikes to the new Bahrain Cycling team, as well as join as a title sponsor. South African Brent Copeland, the current manager of the Italian Lampre-Merida team, had long been linked with the new project.
“Today we become the Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,” said Copeland in a statement. “The expertise that a distinguished brand such as Merida presents to the world of cycling will contribute significantly towards the Bahrain Cycling Team reaching its ambition to become a globally recognized team.”
“We are delighted about this new chapter in our road racing history,” Merida senior vice president William Jeng said. “As a global manufacturer of bicycles we are looking forward to developing these new and exciting markets and are eager to support the ambitions of Bahrain to bring the healthy sport of cycling to its people.”
The new team is forming amidst controversy, as the main backer of the team, Prince HH Shaikh Nasser, is accused of human rights violations, including torture.
Though no riders or other staff have been announced, sources have said Italian Vincenzo Nibali will be one of the major signings. An announcement is expected on August 3. There has been no news if Merida will stay with the Lampre team.