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Bahrain – Merida announced the signing of punchy Italian Sonny Colbrelli on Sunday. The 26-year-old has ridden for Bardiani – CSF his entire pro career.
Colbrelli is in the midst of a strong season that has seen him take several Continental Tour victories to go along with a podium performance at the Amstel Gold Race. He has twice finished in the top 10 at Milano-Sanremo as well, suggesting that he’ll provide the brand new Bahrain squad with a one-day threat and stage hunter to complement the GC firepower of marquee signing Vincenzo Nibali (currently with Astana).
Despite the notable Italian pickups, however, the team is still several riders short of a full roster. That makes it more than likely that the Brent Copeland-managed outfit will continue to roll out further transfer announcements in the coming weeks.