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Bahrain-backed cycling team on course for 2017 launch

Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa behind plan to create new team to compete in world's major Tour events

Bahrain-backed cycling team on course for 2017 launch
Bahrain Cycling Team is expected to sign Vincenzo Nibali as its lead rider.

Plans to launch an international cycling team backed by Bahrain are still on course for 2017 despite reports that the project may be postponed for a year, it has been reported.

Reports in France speculating that the Bahrain Cycling Team project would be postponed have been dismissed by the team's future manager.

The report suggested the team planned by Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, would go ahead in 2018, and not in 2017 as originally was planned.

Brent Copeland, who will run the team, told Cyclingnews.com that the team, which is expected to sign Vincenzo Nibali as its lead rider, would be going ahead as planned next year.

"They must have information that none of the decision makers have," he told Cyclingnews.

Nibali's relationship with Prince Nasser began back in February 2015 when he and Alex Carera were invited to Bahrain by the prince before riding the Dubai Tour.

The prince is a keen triathlete and has completed several Ironman events, and represented Bahrain internationally.

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