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Bad luck for BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team on Omloop Net Nieuwsblad

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Gent, Belgium, February 25th – A massive crash took five BAHRAIN MERIDA riders out of today’s race in Vlaanderen. Only Sonny Colbrelli and Ivan Garcia Cortina finished the race.


It was a chilly day to begin with, but the roads were quite dry, despite of yesterday’s heavy rains. There was a light wind which didn’t interfere too much.


The race started relatively calm. After 30 km from the start there were many attempts to make a breakaway, and after 30 km 6 riders made a gap up to not more than 6 minutes. From there on the riders kept a good tempo, but after 130 kilometers a massive crash took place that unfortunately took 5 of our riders.


Only Ivan Cortina and Sonny Colbrelli stayed in the race and were doing pretty good, but unfortunately some time later Ivan Cortina got out of energy and he could not support any more  his team-mate. He will finish the race, even if with a big gap from the winner Van Avermaet. Sonny got up to 30 seconds behind a few times, but it was really hard for him to catch up without the support of his teammates. “He missed a good position in some of the crucial parts,” said Tristan Hoffman, the team director. Tristan also noted that tomorrow the team will have a new chance. He truly believes that Sonny and the others can do a good job, no matter what happened today. “The Belgium races are hard; in one moment you are in, playing a good role, and the next moment things can change the other way around. We will keep up the spirit and we are all looking forward to tomorrow’s Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne race,” he concluded.


Sonny Colbrelli and Borut Božič, our most experienced riders, both believe that this was just one day with some unlucky events, as it often happens in cycling. They both noted that they are looking forward to tomorrow’s races.


Luka Pibernik was the most unlucky of our riders that were involved in the crash. He was slightly hit by a car and he got a light shoulder and back injury and some scratched skin. We believe that he will recover by tomorrow.



  1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel), BMC Racing Team
  2. Peter Sagan (Svk), Bora-Hansgrohe
  3. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel), Cannondale-Drapac