The team is the face of Bahrain, a little oil-rich country on the Persian Gulf on a mission to make an impact on the global sport scene of the 21st century under the impetus 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 companies based in the Kingdom.
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 after a spectator caught their camera strap on his handlebars 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 final opportunity for a stage win at Val Thorens, two weeks after Dylan Teuns opened the team's account in the Grande Boucle on 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 Mikel Landa as its new leader. The Basque rider, a regular fixture in the top 10, repeated his 2017 performance with fourth place overall. After seven years, his long, long quest to stand on the podium of a Grand Tour again succeeded in the 2022 Giro. In his absence, his stablemates climbed onto the podium in Paris to receive the team classification trophy in 2021. Matej Mohorič and Dylan Teuns's stage wins and Pello Bilbao's top 10 finish (ninth) capped a strong performance. The team failed to hit the right notes in the 2022 Tour de France, although Fred Wright, the runner-up to Mads Pedersen in Saint-Étienne, positioned himself as a future candidate for the green jersey. In 2023, the Bahraini outfit has shuffled the deck with Mikel Landa and Pello Bilbao as its two Basque ace cards ahead of the Grand Départ from their home country!
- 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 and Dylan Teuns in Le Grand-Bornand
Secondary classification wins: 1
- 2021: team classification
Yellow jerseys: 0
STARTS: 6 (since 2017)
5: The number of stage wins by Bahrain Victorious in six Tour de France starts.
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.
2 July 2021: The Slovenian champion, Matej Mohorič, rockets alone from the front one last time on the Signal d'Uchon to take a stage with all the makings of a major classic, about two weeks before claiming the stage to Libourne in a similar scenario.
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