Copeland to manage new Bahrain team
Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Brent Copeland will be the manager of the new Bahrain team, which is set to enter the peloton in 2017 and will be built around Vincenzo Nibali.
Copeland is currently manager at Lampre-Merida, which had previously been approached by Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s emissary Milan Erzen about a possible merger between the teams.
Speaking to Cyclingnews last month, Copeland confirmed that Erzen had spoken with him and Lampre-Merida general manager Giuseppe Saronni. “We sat down and listened to him. That’s as far as it’s gone so far,” Copeland said.
According to Monday’s edition of Gazzetta, that merger will not take place, though Merida may yet cease its involvement with Lampre and provide bikes to the Bahrain team. Copeland, the newspaper says, will be the “ambassador” for the new team.
Copeland has been in his current role at Lampre since the end of 2013, rejoining the squad after a hiatus with Moto GP rider Ben Spies and a spell as European manager of MTN-Qhubeka. Cyclingnews was unable to reach Copeland for comment on Monday.
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