SHAIKH Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, chairman of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and president of Bahrain Olympic Committee, yesterday praised the achievements of Bahrain Merida Cycling Team in such a short period.
Speaking at a special event to introduce Bahrain Merida Cycling Team’s squad for the year 2019, Shaikh Nasser said the success of Merida team is helping Bahrain glow on the world stage.
Representatives from the team’s partners and sponsors, as well as local and international media members were present on the occasion.
“First, we would like to welcome you today to our third meeting and presentation with our team and partners in Bahrain Merida Cycling Team,” said Shaikh Nasser.
Turning to the team’s accomplishments, Shaikh Nasser revealed: “While we attend 250 races per year, in more than 20 countries across the five continents, we have successfully achieved many milestones.
'We started in 2017 and until now we have 11 victories and 23 second and third places (17 second places and six third places).
“Winning the Milano San Remo race, a key classic race, was among our biggest achievements.
“We were now aiming for another victory in Tour de France, but unfortunately our top rider Vincenzo Nibali had an accident but this will not hinder our efforts. In fact, this will make us and the team work harder for the next season.”
Bahrain Merida Cycling Team features 27 talented cyclists, headed by internationally-renowned Italian Nibali. The team is managed and trained by a highly-qualified technical team that also includes an integrated medical team.
“We in Bahrain Merida Cycling Team have a keen interest in the details. Our team has professionals in all fields; everyone playing a specific role as per their designations,” said team manager Brent Copeland. “We take this opportunity to thank Shaikh Nasser for his great support to the team.”