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Team BAHRAIN MERIDA already at work for next season

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Como, October 15thTeam BAHRAIN MERIDA gathered for the first training camp ahead of the new season at the Cruise Hotel in Montano Lucino, few kilometers from Como. The event has been organized with the support of the Municipality of Como and a press conference has been held today at the presence of General Manager Brent Copeland, our captain Vincenzo Nibali, Marco Galli (Minister of Sport) and Simona Rossotti (Minister of Tourism,Local Marketing and Big Events).

The representatives of the local authorities have emphasized the natural vocation of the Como area for cycling. In fact, along the roads that border the shores of Lake of Como, there is the possibility to tackle real climbs with legendary names such as Ghisallo and the Sormano Wall, both run last Saturday by the pro riders during the Il Lombardia. Professional cyclists, amateurs or simple tourists have the opportunity to cross places of unique beauty, often pedaling on safe roads with little traffic.

General Manager Brent Copeland first described the excellent results achieved by the team during the 2018 season with 26 wins and dozens of placings. Then, he underlined how several athletes of the Team BAHRAIN MERIDA, among which the same Vincenzo Nibali, Domenico Pozzovivo and Enrico Gasparotto, choose paths that wind through the area of Como and nearby Switzerland, where the three runners live. The South African manager thanked the Municipality of Como for the hospitality and called for a future collaboration between the team and the local government.

Vincenzo Nibali returned to his last Saturday race with a good second place and recolled the love for this competition that he has already won twice in his career. The Sicilian champion, moreover, highlighted the link with Como and his territory, often a destination not only for his training, but also for his free time with his family.

“I live in Lugano – said Nibali – but I often choose the province of Como for my preparation especially in autumn and winter. I like riding on the lake and watching the beautiful landscape, as well as climbing along the Val d’Intelvi. With some of my colleagues we happen to go to Bellagio and then climb the Ghisallo or to go on the opposite bank and then challenge us on Mount Bisbino. What I like is that over time I discovered challenging routes on beautiful and very quiet roads”.