Rod Ellingworth: Once McLaren left, my future was clear

Rod Ellingworth and Mark Cavendish at the Saudi Tour
Rod Ellingworth and Mark Cavendish at the 2020 Saudi Tour (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Rod Ellingworth has given his first official interview since rejoining Team Ineos Grenadiers, telling Cyclingnews that his time at Bahrain McLaren was all but over once it was confirmed the car manufacturer was departing the team after just one season in the WorldTour.

McLaren was the main reason Ellingworth chose to leave Team Ineos in 2019 and take up the role of team principal at Bahrain McLaren but the automotive company only lasted one season due to financial pressures stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.