The new 2017 year will see a dramatic Middle Eastern shift with the debut of two WorldTour teams: Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
The last remaining WorldTour team based in Italy heads to the Far East to stay afloat.
The Italian Lampre – Merida team said it will carry on as a WorldTour squad in 2017, but it will take on a Chinese sponsor.
Roompot – Oranje Peloton rolled onto the Flanders cobbles with SRAM TK disc brakes, while Lampre – Merida riders are on Shimano discs
Does MPCC actually hold power as a voluntary group? Recent exits of three prominent teams raise questions about the organization's role
Lampre-Merida's Diego Ulissi returns to the Giro d'Italia, where he enjoyed success in 2014 but also ran afoul of anti-doping tests
After a protracted, convoluted battle over whether or not Diego Ulissi can return to racing, Lampre leaves the voluntary MPCC organization
The MPCC issues a vague press statement concerning Ulissi, and Lampre-Merida responds to what it feels is unfair treatment in the media
Lampre-Merida general manager Brent Copeland tells VeloNews Chris Horner's age (43) was the reason why the Italian team did not re-sign him
Lampre's Brent Copeland is adamant that Diego Ulissi didn't intend to break any rules, hopes his rider can get back on track this spring