Team Bahrain McLaren proudly showed the new kit for the first time in a race at the ‘Schwalbe Classic Criterium’, the traditional curtain-raiser of the Tour Down Under.

A short and fast race on a 1.7km circuit in the heart of Adelaide, featuring 30 laps full of adrenaline, before the finish that suited to fast wheels.

A proud moment for the team as it was the first official race of our new era and everyone was looking to make it memorable. As well as it was a special moment for our Joint Managing Director John Allert, an Adelaide native, and our Team Principal Rod Ellingworth.

It was the Slovenian Champion Domen Novak to enter into action right after the start of the race. First attempts of attacks were successful, and a six-man break was able to stay away until 7 laps to go.

“I tried to be in the breakaway to take intermediate points. Then the peloton caught us, but all in all, I’m satisfied with my performance today”, Novak commented.

In the final rain shower affected the race and slippery roads caused also a crash, but all Team Bahrain McLaren riders could manage to finish this opening race safely. Including Santiago Buitrago, who was very excited for his pro debut: “I’m really happy and I’m looking forward to the Tour Down Under”.

The fastest men in the peloton contested the sprint in Adelaide, with Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) taking his fourth victory in this race.

Team Bahrain McLaren is also proud to start the season being part of the fundraising for the communities and people affected by the recent South Australian bushfires, together with all other teams competing at this criterium, with the donation of the full prizemoney from Schwalbe Classic.