2022 Edition

Stage won 0
General Ranking 7
Competitors in race 6
Sporting managers : ŠTANGELJ Gorazd / FLORENCIO Xavier

The history

The team embodies the image of Bahrain, an oil-rich country on the Persian Gulf on a mission to make an impact on the global sport scene of the 21st century, on the initiative of Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The occasional triathlete is the son of the king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and serves as the president of the national Olympic Committee and the commander of the Royal Guard. His cycling team has secured funding from a consortium of Gulf companies.

Bahrain–Merida's first participations in the Tour de France, racing in the colours of the Taiwanese bicycle maker Merida, were a big flop, starting with leader Ion Izagirre crashing out of the race during the prologue in Düsseldorf in 2017. Its star rider, Vincenzo Nibali, returned to the Tour de France in 2018 with his sights set on the top step of the podium only to crash out of the race with a fractured vertebra on the Alpe d'Huez, while his second-in-command, Domenico Pozzovivo, went on to finish eighteenth. Aware that finishing second in the Giro a couple of months earlier had taken its toll, the 2014 Tour de France champion went into the 2019 Tour without overall ambitions. However, the Shark smelled blood and snapped down on the last opportunity for a stage win at Val Thorens, two weeks after Dylan Teuns opened the team's account on the Tour at La Planche des Belles Filles. In between these two successes, its other star signing, Rohan Dennis, vanished into thin air on the eve of the time trial in which he was expected to shine as the reigning world champion.

Bahrain McLaren, as the team was known at the time, before taking on the moniker Bahrain Victorious in a clear statement of intentions, signed overall top 10 regular Mikel Landa in 2020 and saw him finish fourth in his first year with the team, equalling his result in 2017. Still hunting for that second elusive Grand Tour podium spot, seven years after his first time he returned to the podium on the Giro in 2022. His employer can afford to do without him on the Tour de France, because in his absence, his squad partners climbed onto the podium in Paris to receive the 2021 team classification winners' prize, in addition to stage victories for Matej Mohorič and Dylan Teuns, while Pello Bilbao finished in the top 10 (eighth). What’s more, two young riders are ready to take over: Australian Jack Haig and Swiss rider Gino Mäder, respectively third and fifth on the 2021 Vuelta.

  • Final victory0
  • Stages victories5
  • Yellow Jersey0
  • Other race Won0

Overall wins: 0
Podium finishes: 0
Stage wins: 5
- 2019: Dylan Teuns on La Planche des Belles Filles and Vincenzo Nibali at Val Thorens
- 2021: Matej Mohorič in Le Creusot and Libourne, plus Dylan Teuns in Le Grand-Bornand
Secondary classification wins: 1
- 2021: team classification
Yellow jerseys: 0

IN FIGURES
5: The number of stage wins by Bahrain Victorious in four Tour de France starts.

MILESTONES
8 July 2018: Sonny Colbrelli is left fuming after coming second to world champion Peter Sagan in La Roche-sur-Yon.
11 July 2019: Dylan Teuns earns the Bahraini team its first Tour de France win on La Planche des Belles Filles.
02 July 2021: At the end of a stage worth of a major classic, Slovenian champion Matej Mohorič goes on a solo breakaway on the climb up the Signal d’Uchon to taste victory in Le Creusot before repeating the feat almost two weeks later in Libourne.

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