Stephen Williams joins BAHRAIN MERIDA Team
Thursday, July 12th – BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team is happy to announce a new young rider – Stephen Williams – to join the team as stagiaire for the rest of 2018 season and turn professional rider in 2019.
General Manager of the BAHRAIN MERIDA Team, Brent Copeland, is looking forward to working with the young talented rider: “It is with great pleasure thatwe welcome Stephen Williams to the team. Young talented riders like Stevie are a very important part of our teams strategy. We have been watching him for a while now and his talent was confirmed with the two mountain stages at the Giro Baby where he impressedus all. Together with the technical staff we have closely looked at where Stevie will fit in with our team and we feel he will find the perfect place to start his professional career where he will get our full support. SEG racing academy have been doing a fantastic job at giving the U23 riders these opportunities and we thank them for there collaboration and support on this. We excited and looking forward to Stevie having some racing with us also in the next few months as a stagiaire”.
The 22-year-old talented British climber – who recently won a mountain stage at the U23 Giro d’Italia, spending a day in the pink jersey as well – is really excited about this opportunity: “I’m so happy to be joining Bahrain Merida, this is the perfect team for me to learn and develop as a young climber. I’m really excited and can’t wait to start racing with the team” comments Williams who will ride as a stagiaire in the next months and will turn pro with the team in 2019 “I’m over the moon to be turning pro and moving to the highest level of cycling, this will give me the opportunity to race the biggest races in the world. I’ve looked up to Vincenzo Nibali for a number of years now, and to be able to race along side him for the next years is something special for me”.
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