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Bahrain Victorious

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After adding the word ‘Victorious’ to their moniker three years ago, few expected this Bahraini WorldTour outfit to live up to their new name and be mightily successful at cycling’s top level.

While they haven’t established themselves as the best team in the men’s WorldTour, they have certainly not disappointed. 2022 saw them win big at Milan-San Remo thanks to a dropper post and nerves of steel from Matej Mohorič, while Dylan Teuns delivered a victory at La Flèche Wallonne for the first time in their history. Sadly, the team also witnessed the retirement of Sonny Colbrelli after the sprinter suffered from to a heart condition, but he will be back as a sports director in 2024.

After a breakthrough season in 2022 and dependable placings through 2023, British all-rounder and national champion Fred Wright could step into Colbrelli’s shoes when it comes to picking up wins in both the Classics and Grand Tours.

The team have a plethora of other race-winning options, not least in the shape of Dutch veteran Wout Poels, who won stages at both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España last season. The 36-year-old will be looking to join the treble club with a win at the Giro d'Italia this season, as will fellow Tour de France stage winner Pello Bilbao, who is only missing a victory at the Vuelta a España.

Poels and Bilbao both tasted victory at the Tour in the wake of Gino Mäder's untimely death. The 26-year-old sadly lost his life in a crash at the Tour de Suisse, which rocked the peloton and cycling community. Riding in his honour, Mohorič also stood triumphant at the Tour de France as Bahrain Victorious claimed three stage wins in the race that Mäder had been targeting. After his win, Mohorič gave an incredibly emotional, honest and poignant interview that was one of the most memorable moments of the season.

The Slovenian only continued to impress through the second half of 2023, winning a stage and the overall at the Tour de Pologne, before claiming stage wins in both the Renewi Tour and CRO Race.

Elsewhere, Santiago Buitrago fulfilled his great promise in winning a stage of the Giro d'Italia and the Colombian will be a man to watch in Bahrain Victorious colours in 2024. Despite being part-owned by an oil-rich country, the team does not have a budget comparable to the likes of UAE Team Emirates and Ineos Grenadiers, which means the development of young riders will continue to be important.

This is especially the case with the departures of team leaders Mikel Landa and Jonathan Milan for pastures new. The incoming young talent of Torstein Træen, Alberto Bruttomesso and Finlay Pickering will be under no burden to match the success of the outgoing pair, but carry some of the team's hopes for the future.

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Bahrain Victorious
Bahrain Victorious
  • Nationality Bahrain
  • Founded 2018
  • Team Principal Milan Eržen
  • UCI Code TBV
  • Bike Sponsor Merida

The Team

Matej Mohoric

Matej Mohoric

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Pello Bilbao

Pello Bilbao

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2093

Santiago Buitrago

Santiago Buitrago

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Damiano Caruso

Damiano Caruso

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Wout Poels

Wout Poels

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Team Bikes

Link to Bahrain Victorious pro bike: Jack Haig’s Merida Reacto
The Merida Reacto has a new look for 2024

Bahrain Victorious pro bike: Jack Haig’s Merida Reacto

The team and their bikes are sporting a new look for 2024 having swapped their customary red colours for white

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Link to A closer look at Bahrain Victorious' 2024 pro bike: Matej Mohorič’s Merida Reacto
Bahrain Victorious' Merida Reacto

A closer look at Bahrain Victorious' 2024 pro bike: Matej Mohorič’s Merida Reacto

The team’s Merida bikes are sporting a new colour but the components remain the same

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Link to Finlay Pickering’s Merida Scultura: Bahrain Victorious pro bike
The Merida Scultura

Finlay Pickering’s Merida Scultura: Bahrain Victorious pro bike

British rider will team up with Merida in his first season at WorldTour level

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Top Bahrain Victorious Stories

Link to Bahrain Victorious swap red for white for 2024 team kit
Bahrain Victorious' team kit for 2024

Bahrain Victorious swap red for white for 2024 team kit

Bahrain-backed team returns to pearl white colour scheme used for special Tour de France kit, with environmentally-inspired motifs

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Link to Bahrain Victorious Team Talk: A year of contrasting emotions
Bahrain-Victorious 2024 Team Talk

Bahrain Victorious Team Talk: A year of contrasting emotions

Consistent success in Grand Tours overshadowed by tragedy

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Link to Milan Eržen: Limited budget meant we couldn’t keep Mikel Landa
Bahrain-Victorious at the start of the Santos Tour Down Under in 2024

Milan Eržen: Limited budget meant we couldn’t keep Mikel Landa

Bahrain-Victorious boss tells GCN that his team are 'the best of the rest, because when we compare our budget and results we’re the best investment in cycling'

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