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Israel Begin-Up Nation confirmed 4 Israeli riders for 2021 because the workforce continues its evolution with the arrival of Chris Froome subsequent season.
The high-profile signing of the four-time Tour de France champion sees a serious makeover for the Israeli-backed biking workforce for 2021 with the arrival of 9 new riders, however workforce officers wished to safe a core presence of promising Israeli expertise.
Man Niv, Man Sagiv, Omer Goldstein, and Itamar Einhorn all will stay with the WorldTour squad subsequent season, officers confirmed Friday.
“Our Israelis are the core and the DNA of this workforce,” mentioned workforce supervisor Kjell Carlström. “All of them proved that they’re turning into higher and stronger riders. It’s not a straightforward process as we’re always evolving and stepping up. It was encouraging to see how they confronted the problem and stepped up as properly. However subsequent yr, we might want to see them enhance once more because the workforce is progressing and transferring ahead. I’m assured that we’ll see the fellows leaping one other degree, too.”
All 4 have been a part of the workforce since at the least 2018, and Sagiv and Niv turned the primary Israeli riders to begin a grand tour throughout the 2018 Giro d’Italia. The 26-year-old Niv went on to change into the primary Israeli to begin a Tour de France, driving to 139th within the 2020 Tour. Goldstein accomplished the Vuelta a España earlier this month.
“I consider that racing alongside a legend like Chris Froome will extract capabilities that you simply by no means imagined you had,” Niv mentioned. “So, can I be worthy and help him and the workforce in its new GC grand tour objectives? I completely consider I’ll rise to this degree.”
All 4 will face off this coming weekend (November 21-22) on the Israeli nationwide street championships.
“Our 4 Israeli riders every made vital progress this yr, regardless of the difficulties attributable to a COVID-shortened calendar,” mentioned workforce proprietor Sylvan Adams. “I’m excited they are going to all proceed with us. All in all, I really feel that Israeli biking is in nice form, and I count on an increasing number of proficient riders to come back knocking on our door.”
The workforce additionally introduced it should revamp its continental-level Israel Biking Academy workforce and can race in 2021 with a full under-23 squad, together with eight younger Israelis.