McLaren boss Ellingworth out to shake up cycling with new
Rod Ellingworth believes Bahrain McLaren can be a new kind of team in cycling and disrupt the existing order.
The former Team Sky performance director primary goals may sound conventional as he puts winning the Tour de France at the top of his wishlist, but the message from this new look team is that things will be done differently with McLaren on board.
And key to that will be harnessing the potential of McLaren both in developing equipment and riders.
## ## look at this building, there no other team that has a centre like this, it own development hub, team principal Ellingworth said during their launch at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.
already up and running, we started projects, we on our hands and knees working at this minute and it pretty exciting.
John Allert is the team joint managing director (Steven Paston/PA). something no other team has at the same sort of level. message of things differently might have the odd echo from the launch of Team Sky in 2010, a process in which Ellingworth was instrumental, but he is adamant this is not version 2.0.
Joint managing director John Allert, the man who hired Ellingworth away from what is now Team Ineos, spoke of the team as in a sport primed for change.
want to unpack this sport in a new and dynamic way for fans, Allert said. see the technology hub in Woking as being key.
we believe that there is a disruptive opportunity for us to take on the might of very, very successful competitors, Bradley said.
Bahrain Merida have already enjoyed success, winning two stages of this year Tour de France through Dylan Teuns and the now departed Vincenzo Nibali.
Ellingworth and Allert said discussions have taken place over the formation of a women team to exist alongside the men although no further steps have yet been taken, with the focus for now on making a greater impact on the men World Tour and build from there.
quite clear the ambition from within the team is to become a Grand Tour winning team, Ellingworth said. yellow jersey at the Tour is a huge iconic jersey we want to bring home to McLaren and also to Bahrain. that, of course, will mean beating his old boss Sir Dave Brailsford and Team Ineos, winners of seven of the past eight Tours.
think from the outset, yes, we capable of taking them on, Ellingworth said. about getting your key riders on the line in good condition and good health and if we in that situation then we stand every chance.