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The last rumours have announced that the Italian rider has been linked to a major new professional cycling team that could be created by Prince Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

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22.02.2016 @ 07:00 Posted by Renaud Breban

Vincenzo Nibali, who will be free at the end of the season, is in no hurry to find a new contract for the 2017 season. But the last rumours link him to a major new professional cycling team that could be created by Prince Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa of the Bahrain royal family, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

 

The prince published a message on social networks: "It's real!!! I would like to officially announce the birth of Bahrain cycling team. Our main effort is to introduce the cycling sport, encourage and support young athletes, to maintain a healthy life style in our region, and to compete with the best teams in the world."

 

Bjarne Riis could be involved in the new project, according to Cyclingnews. The Dane will make his plans public at a press conference in Copenhagen on February 25 alongside former Saxo Bank owner, Lars Seier Christensen.

 

Nibali's agent, Alex Carera has informed that he is talking with Astana, Trek-Segafredo and Lampre Merida.

 

"Vincenzo is the only Grand Tour winner whose contract ends in 2016 and so it's natural that there's a lot if interest in signing him," Carera told Cyclingnews. "Several teams have been in contact with us and its widely known that Astana are very keen to keep Vincenzo and that the Trek-Segafredo and Lampre-Merida are also interested. We're ready to talk to anyone who has a serious project for a major team in 2017. We would then study the options available to Vincenzo and make a pondered decision. The arrival of any new team in cycling is always good news. However, it is too early to say which team Vincenzo will ride for in 2017. Any decision will only be made after the Giro d'Italia and later in the summer."

 

 

 

Its real!!! I would like to officially announce the birth of Bahrain cycling team. Our main effort is to introduce the cycling sport, encourage and support young athletes, to maintain a healthy life style in our region, and to compete with the best teams in the world. احب اعلن عن انشاء فريق البحرين للدراجات الهوائيه. مهمتنا الرئيسيه هي نشر الوعي و تعريف منطقتنا عن هذه الرياضه و تهيئة و دعم الابطال الصغار للمستقبل و نشر الثقافه لسلك نمط الحياه الصحيه و ايضاً منافسة اكبر الفرق العالميه لرفع اسم مملكة البحرين عالياً.

Une photo publiée par nasser13hamad (@nasser13hamad) le 17 Févr. 2016 à 22h11 PST

 

 

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