Defending team ahead of the Milan-San Remo
Concorezzo (MB) – Just a few months ago, Bahrain Merida and McLaren announced their exciting joint venture and now on the occasion of the first Monument of the season – the Milan-San Remo – they gathered in the team hotel – Euro Hotel in Concorezzo, near Milan – in front of international media, not only to talk about the upcoming Classic race, whose defending champion is Team BAHRAIN MERIDA captain Vincenzo Nibali, but also about our year ahead and further plans.
McLaren representatives will attend the Milan-San Remo for the first time as a joint venture partner of the team. A special meaning for them, seen that cycling has been a sector of great interest to McLaren in recent years and now they will start to get deeply involved, as Duncan Bradley (Health and Human Performance Director, McLaren Applied Technologies) explains: “This is a period of understanding where we can add the most value and performance to the team over the next few years. Broadly we are looking at achieving significant gains across three main areas of human performance, technological advantage and operational excellence. We are also working together on some projects now to bring some incremental performance in the coming months”.
After the successful past season, expectations are high. Brent Copeland (General Manager, Team Bahrain Merida) explained that “Without some crashes and misfortune, maybe the results would have been better so far. Unfortunately 30% of the riders are injured, but thanks to the fantastic staff, they all will be back in few weeks”.
The Slovenian National Champion Matej Mohorič says he’s looking forward to Milan San Remo “but I won’t be the captain. We will work for Vincenzo and Sonny. I’m focussed on the Classics and later on my biggest challenge is first time Tour de France, my goal is to win a stage”.
Team BAHRAIN MERIDA captain Vincenzo Nibali is here as the Milan-San Remo defending champion, that he won with a masterpiece. A legendary victory, but also unexpected. Last year he did not expect much, but he seized the opportunity. Now here you are, a year later, maybe with the same condition, not 100 percent, but he taught us that everything is possible: “It’s always hard to win a race like this and winning twice it’s even harder. Milan-San Remo is like a Spring World Championships. In the last race the result was not as I expected, but I feel better and better now. I didn’t know the tactics yet, because we didn’t sit down with the sports directors, but we have a strong team”.
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