2021 Team Preview: Bahrain Victorious
A new season but the same focus for stage race-oriented squad headed up by Mikel Landa
The team formerly known as Bahrain McLaren get a new name and a new look for 2021, a year on from their last revamp.
This time, though, the changes are largely aesthetic and behind the scenes, with the Bahraini squad’s roster largely unchanged from the team that emerged from the transfer window last winter.
Rod Ellingworth’s departure from the team principal role after just one full season is the most notable move – the Briton heads back to Ineos for 2021. A notable staff addition, announced just yesterday, is experienced DS Rolf Aldag, formerly of Highroad and QuickStep, while Neil Stephens joined from UAE Team Emirates late in the 2020 season.
On the rider side, Australian climber Jack Haig is the main addition, boosting an already strong GC squad while several fastmen – Mark Cavendish and Ivan García Cortina among them – leave. 20-year-old Ahmed Madan joins too, becoming the first ever Bahraini WorldTour pro.