Mark Cavendish completes Bahrain Merida's 2020 roster
Oct 25 2019 10:01 pm CET

Mark Cavendish completes Bahrain Merida's 2020 roster
Mark Cavendish completes Bahrain Merida's 2020 roster
Bahrain-Merida © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Bahrain Merida has announced the signing of former World Champion Mark Cavendish for the 2020 season.

The 30-time stage winner of the Tour de France moved to Dimension Data in 2016. The rider has had a rough couple of years in which he has struggled with the Epstein-Barr virus and after that, he had trouble returning to his winning ways and his position in the team.

Cavendish is ready for a new challenge and will join the cycling project of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the racing, technology and automotive brand McLaren for the 2020 season. The Briton will join the improved line-up of the team that will include in the next season riders like Mikel Landa, Wout Poels and Dylan Teuns.

"Joining this team is the fulfilment of a long-held ambition for me... and is super exciting and motivating," said Cavendish. "You could even say a dream come true. Having worked closely with McLaren in the past, and seen the benefits of their technology and processes, this was an opportunity I jumped at.

"My relationship with Rod goes way back, and he’s been instrumental in helping me develop as a rider and a person. I can’t wait to join my new teammates and do everything I can to help us achieve the successes I know will come."

The Team Principal of Bahrain Merida, Rod Ellingworth, welcomed the news. "Mark’s signing completes our rider roster for 2020 and gives us the balance the team needs to win," he explained.

"Mark is a proven champion and has a lot to contribute – both on and off the bike. Having last worked with him at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Qatar World Championships, I’ve been delighted to see that his energy and determination to succeed are greater now than ever. We’re going to do everything in our power to enable him to perform at his best."

The Managing Director of McLaren Pro Cycling John Allert is also enthusiastic about this signing. "Mark has been a friend of McLaren for many years – indeed it was partly our previous work with him that kindled our interest in the sport," he affirmed.

"It actually feels like Mark is coming home. Together we share a passion for the romance and heritage of racing in all its forms, as well as a desire to keep innovating and improving in order to win. I’m delighted he’s joining the team."
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