Wout Poels has confirmed his move to Bahrain-Merida from Team Ineos with a two-year contract.
Poels will rejoin Rod Ellingworth, formerly Sky’s performance director and, as of next month, Team Principal at Bahrain-Merida, which is undergoing some changes as it sees the McLaren Group become increasingly involved.
While GC Vincenzo Nibali is leaving the team for Trek-Segafredo, Bahrain-Merida is bringing on not only Poels but also Mikel Landa for next year.
“It’s impossible not to admire what Team Bahrain Merida has achieved in less than three seasons, and I’m very excited about the opportunity that its joint venture with McLaren offers”, Poels said.
“McLaren brings a fresh perspective to the sport which encompasses equipment, human performance, data analysis and operational excellence. The application of its knowledge and technology will undoubtedly drive the team forward. It’s a fascinating prospect, not just for me, but for the sport as a whole.
“Combined with Rod Ellingworth’s expertise, McLaren’s involvement promises to make Bahrain Merida one of the best and most captivating teams in the peloton, and I look forward to playing a key part in its future success.”