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Bahrain - Merida (TBM)

The team of the exceptionally skilled Italian Vincenzo Nibali is funded by the eponymous island state in the Persian Gulf.

Sonny Colbrelli, the strong sprinter with the Hollywood-worthy name, also made a name for himself at the Tour de Suisse last year, beating Peter Sagan and Fernando Gavira in the sprint in Gansingen.

Rohan Dennis – current time trial world champion and double stage winner in 2017 – has switched to the Bahrain-Merida team for the 2019 season. The two time trials have made the Tour de Suisse interesting for the Australian – his participation in this year’s competition is currently being sounded out by the team.

The participation of Italy’s Domenico Pozzovivo, who finished second last year behind Simon Spilak, hasn’t been confirmed yet either.