McLaren court Team Sky coach Ellingworth for senior management role at Bahrain-Merida

Geraint Thomas of Great Britain and Team Sky (R) talks to Sky Procycling coach Rod Ellingworth ahead

Team Sky's Rod Ellingworth has been approached by McLaren to be part of the Bahrain-Merida senior management, Cyclingnews understands. Ellingworth is the current Performance Director at Team Sky. McLaren joined forces with Bahrain-Merida at the start of this year and are due to step in as a co-sponsor at the beginning of the 2020 season with speculation of the team to be called Bahrain-McLaren next year. Merida is in discussions to remain as a technical partner and bike supplier. McLaren's growing financial influence and their input in technological knowledge have led to them exploring ways of altering the team management at Bahrain-Merida, with Cyclingnews informed from several sources that McLaren has been in contact with Ellingworth for several months. When contacted by Cyclingnews a spokesperson for McLaren would only say that "McLaren policy is to never comment on personnel matters." Cyclingnews understands that McLaren's interest in Ellingworth goes back several ...

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