Israel Biking Academy have signed their first rider since taking on the Katusha-Alpecin group and shifting to the WorldTour, pronouncing nowadays they have got added Canadian James Piccoli for subsequent season.

The 28-year-old Canadian, who rode for Raise-KHS the previous 3 seasons, captured the group’s consideration in August on the Larry H. Miller Excursion of Utah, the place he gained the outlet prologue time trial and completed 2nd total at Israel Biking Academy’s Ben Hermans.

“I had a large number of groups serious about signing me, however I selected ICA as a result of their trust in me and the superb personnel that they have got,” stated Piccoli, who became down an be offering from US Professional Continental group Rally UHC Biking.

“They actually imagine that I will be a perfect rider sooner or later and presented me an atmosphere the place I will regulate to Ecu racing whilst serving to the group out as easiest I will,” he stated. 

Piccoli has spent nearly all of his occupation racing in North The united states, even supposing he rode with Italian group Amore & Vita in 2014. He moved to Canadian group H&R Block the next season, then jumped to Raise-KHS in 2017.

Excluding his Excursion of Utah outcome, Piccoli counts amongst his palmares total wins on the 2018 Excursion de Beauce and the 2019 Excursion of the Gila. He additionally took the whole win on the 2017 Excursion of the Southland in New Zealand. 

In 2019, he gained a degree on the  Excursion of Taiwan and used to be 2nd total, used to be 2nd on the Joe Martin Degree Race, gained Gila, gained the Mont Megantic degree in Beauce and completed 2nd total there, and he used to be 2nd total in Utah.

“After a perfect season for James we’re certain he can nonetheless development and be an excessively treasured group member for ICA’s first yr within the WorldTour,” stated Israel Biking Academy supervisor Kjell Carlstrom. “James has some nice mountaineering legs, however his qualities transcend that, and he can end up to be a flexible rider.”

Piccoli began talks with the group ahead of Israel Biking Academy made the soar to the WorldTour, and now he has the chance to compete in one of the crucial largest races on the planet.

“I am a climber/GC rider, so I can most likely be the final man to assist Dan [Martin] and Ben [Hermans] within the laborious races, and I’ll additionally appearance to take my shot on the win in goal races when I will,” he stated.

Leaping from the Continental degree to the WorldTour at 28 years outdated is later than maximum riders who make the transfer, however Piccoli got here past due to aggressive biking after using recreationally in his formative years.

“I began biking for amusing with my dad when I used to be younger, simply using round the town and to espresso stores,” he stated. “I began racing in my early 20s whilst I used to be in college finding out mechanical engineering. After a bumpy couple of years I after all discovered a just right house at Raise-KHS Professional Biking, and that’s once I actually began to be told my craft and beef up.”

The brand new-look Israel Biking Academy introduced their handle Katusha-Alpecin previous this week. The Israeli group purchased out the control corporate that ran the Katusha group and so received their WorldTour license.

Paris-Roubaix runner-up Nils Politt is anticipated to make the soar to the brand new Israeli formation, at the side of a number of different riders from the 2019 Katusha lineup. What the overall roster will appearance love it no longer but identified, on the other hand.

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