Bahrain Merida hosted its first official press conference in Croatia on Wednesday, its 2017 World Tour status another step closer for the team focused on promoting the kingdom and its tourism.
The team unveiled Vincenzo Nibali, 'our' Heinrich Haussler, Ion Izagirre, Sonny Colbrelli and Joaquim Rodriguez and 16 other riders on its roster, plus the Merida bikes and other tech it will use next year.
“For me, I can honestly say it’s a proud moment for us to be sitting here for the first training camp. What we had put together in the last few months has been incredible. It’s a huge proud moment for us”, said Brent Copeland, General Manager of the new team and former Lampre-Merida boss.
“With Bahrain’s support, we are able to put this team together, and Merida made a great bicycles that anyone or any cyclist wished for."
The 21 riders will participate in their first training camp while in Croatia plus another camp in December with its full complement of riders. The team's kit is set to be unveiled in January and will be gold, blue and red.
The final list of World Tour teams is not expected to be released by the UCI until late November.