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Rod Ellingworth leaves Bahrain McLaren

Will Strickson
4 Dec 2020

Former Team Sky performance director steps down from his role as general manager after 14 months

Rod Ellingworth has left his role as general manager of Bahrain McLaren after 14 months in charge.

The former Team Sky performance director said, 'The time has come for me to move on. I have thoroughly enjoyed the chance to lead this team. There has been some fantastic momentum, and I feel I leave the team in a strong position.'

During his time in the role he recruited riders including Mikel Landa, Wout Poels and Pello Bilbao who led the team to top six finishes in all three Grand Tours in 2020.

A spokesperson from Bahrain McLaren said: 'We would like to take this opportunity to thank Rod for the expertise and wisdom he imparted on the team. The performance first ethos and winning mindset he instilled in every team member will endure. We wish Rod all the very best for the future.'

It comes after a tough year for the state-backed squad with riders having to take 70% pay cuts and sponsor McLaren pulling out due to the financial implication of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The team will go by the name Bahrain Victorious in 2021.

The former coach for British Cycling's U23 academy, Ellingworth played a big role in the development of riders such as Mark Cavendish, who he also brought to Bahrain-McLaren at the start of the season.

It's not yet known what's next for Ellingworth but the team says he will 'focus on new projects close to his heart'.