Neil Stephens: I joined Bahrain McLaren because of Rod Ellingworth

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Start / Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and UAE Team Emirates / Neil Stephens of Australia sport-director UAE Team Emirates / during the 2019 Tour Down Under Classic a 1 hour + 1 lap of 1,7km race from Adelaide to Adelaide / TDU / on January 13, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Neil Stephens with Jasper Philipsen in 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The repercussions of Rod Ellingworth’s shock decision to leave Bahrain McLaren with immediate effect are still being felt with Neil Stephens admitting that he joined the team from UAE Team Emirates in order to work with the now-former team principal. 

Ellingworth tendered his resignation from Bahrain McLaren last Monday after talks in Bahrain with the team management. His formal departure was announced three days later with Cyclingnews well informed that Ellingworth has already decided on his next role.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.