‘Outstanding Goldstein’ breaks away, shows Israeli colors for 160 kilometers in Tour de France

After stage thirteen in the Tour de France, Omer Goldstein is officially the first Israeli rider to make it into a breakaway.

During his unforgettable day in front, with two breakaway companions, the Israeli ITT champion took second place on a KOM and won an intermediate sprint.

Compliments all over the place

At the bus, Goldstein only received compliments, pats on the back, and high-fives. “I was warmly received at the bus,” a satisfied Goldstein smiled.

Rik Verbrugghe, Israel Start-Up Nation’s sports director called Goldstein ‘outstanding’ after the finish. “Omer showed a lot of courage and power today, after many hard stages this Tour.”

Combativity award

Goldstein knew it would only be a small chance that the break would make it to the finish on the flat parcours, with sprinters aiming to contest the victory. That’s why he started to attack early, in order to claim the combativity award.

That award would bring him to the top step of the Tour de France podium.

He and the French rider Pierre Latour attacked each other multiple times during a battle where their third breakaway companion was the third victim. After a few attacks from both, the two buried the hatchet and warmly shook each other’s hands, thanking one another for their long efforts in the break.

Late break takes the award

“I would have loved to wear the red bib numbers tomorrow,” Goldstein said after having spent 160 of the 220 kilometers in the front of the race. Unfortunately for the Israeli rider, the award was given to a French rider who joined the attack after Goldstein was caught.

The astonishing Goldstein did look back on a great day on the roads in France. “I enjoyed the fans alongside the road, the scenery, and the battle for the award.”

‘I am not done yet’

He’s keen on trying again in the next few days. “I tried multiple times this Tour already, but only today it properly worked out. I hope to be in a winning break next time I go for it.”

“I would like to give it another go in the race days that are left this Tour, however, I do need to recover after today’s efforts. My legs hurt, and I am happy when I can go and get my massage.”

‘A showcase of talent’

Cycling commentators and analysers tend to say it was one of the hardest first weeks in the modern history of the Tour de France, and Verbrugghe tends to agree with that.

Verbrugghe: “That Omer is able to showcase his talent during a stage like this, shows once again the Israeli riders are a core part of our team.”

ISN’s top finisher was André Greipel, who claimed eighth place in the mass sprint in Carcassonne.

#YallaISN #TdF2021 #RacingForChange

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com


Omer Goldstein’s Diary of the Tour de France:

On the explosive bursts, the astronomical power, the depressing moments, and the light at the end of the tunnel.



My goal was clear. To do everything to get into the breakaway with Mike Woods and Dan Martin. Easy to say, almost impossible to do. Just the day before I tried and very quickly realized that I wasn’t in the game, and I was seriously screwed. But it was a new day and a new opportunity. We took off for twenty kilometers of flat before the seven-kilometer climb. In every other race it follows the usual script: a few tries for the breakaway, someone goes, the peloton relaxes.


But this is the Tour. Here the explosive attacks develop and never end. Not soon and not after soon. Here there are sixty riders, all of them leaders or all-rounders, and all are at the top of the world with astronomical numbers. And they start out the strongest and then get stronger.


So, what’s left for me to do in a situation like that? Go full gas and hope that it’s enough. It’s an inconceivable pace and it doesn’t stop for a minute – and just as we reach the climb, endless riders drop out.


So, finally, we reach the ascent and start to climb, and I look around – we are only left with sixty riders. I’m still holding on. It’s still enough. Only later I realized I’d broken my wattage record for ten and twenty minutes. But then thirty riders to go forward and I can’t bridge to them.


But this time, I was way less frustrated. I said to myself, you are getting stronger every day. You’ve got the best numbers you’ve ever had and finally, you were close, really close, to doing it and getting into the escape with the “killers”, the one that just takes apart the peloton. I reminded myself that the day before I hadn’t survived the jump with the sixty, but today I did. Now I can wait and continue the Tour with the real hope that at the next opportunity I will be able to really get in the game.


“If you will it” – that’s the story of my first nine days of the Tour de France. You can call it, perhaps, a ‘masa gibush’ [a challenging rite of passage that brings together an army unit]. It’s a painful acquaintance with the toughest race in the world. When I got into the Tour, I had only heard the stories. Everyone said it would be tough, but even very experienced riders, way more experience than Omar Goldstein, 24, of Gilon, say what is happening here this year is the most extreme and unusual example of this. There is no dominant group here to control things, huge groups are dismantled here, and the lack of control creates a brutal dynamic.


I got my first wake-up call to how tough this would be on the first stage with its severe crashes, and then those that came day after day. And those were not even on climbing stages.


You ride inside the peloton, which is terribly crowded, at a frightening speed, and know that every mistake will get everyone down on the floor. The roads here in the early stages were shocking, full of cracks, and we know when we get to the narrow roads, there will be no chance of going up together as a group because you are not given any space. I remember we tried to get closer to André Greipel to help him, but we had to go individually – like fighting a battle by ourselves. I saw him and said, here I am. Then he was gone.


We are constantly told on the radio to “go up” but everyone shouts exactly the same thing – so then everyone is trying to go forward and it’s simply an impossible task.


The first few evenings I watched the reruns on TV, and I was horrified. It took me a while to digest that it’s an experience I’ve never had before – no race, not even in the giant races I’ve been through like the Vuelta and the Dauphine – have I ever seen this combination of tremendous quality riders, tremendous speed, poor roads and everyone’s motivation to prove themselves worthy.

Therefore, you find yourself adapting and going from stage to stage. It doesn’t really occur to me that I don’t belong. I just say to myself, “Omer, work harder, get more out of yourself. Wait for the next opportunity and try to do the big thing you dream of here.”


We have all been through nine really hard days here, but despite the difficulties the atmosphere of the team is good, and we are very united and optimistic that we will still achieve a victory here in one of the stages. Mike Woods was already close to that, and he’s delivering the goods, so there’s something to look forward to.”

— Tsadok to israelcyclingacademy.com


His childhood dream realized :

Israeli champion Omer Goldstein will race in the Tour de France 

His TDF will “start” early: First, he will fight to defend his champion’s jersey this Saturday in Israel.

Rik Verbrugghe : “Omer is an ‘offensive’ rider.  He will help us in breakaways and much more.”

Omer: “I want to be ‘in the Game’”

Tells about a special bond with Froome : “He gave me a lot of tips and advice. He is a great fighter. Will surprise many.”


Criterium du Dauphine 2021 – 73rd Edition – 8th stage La Lechere Les-Bains – Les Gets 147 km – 06/06/2021 – Omer Goldstein (ISR – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021

Israeli champion Omer Goldstein (24) will race for Israel Start-Up Nation in the Tour de France.

It will be the first time that the versatile Israeli puncher from the north of Israel will race on the most prominent racing stage in the world, fulfilling what he called, “A dream I had since I was a kid. I always imagined myself being there in the front in a mountain stage breakaway, going for it, not really concerned if they catch me or not, as long as I am going full gas and giving it all.”

In a way, this combative approach to racing is one of the reasons that the team’s pro-management decided that the young Goldstein will be an excellent fit for ISN’s lineup in the Tour this year. “Omer is what I call an ‘offensive rider’,” explained Rik Verbrugghe, ISN’s sports manager. “He is always ready to jump on a challenge with absolutely no fear. But much beyond that, we selected Omer because he can give the team a lot in the Tour in so many ways. Of course, his main task will be to assist our leader, Mike Woods, but he can be our man in a breakaway and, if the opportunity comes, he can get a great result. And in mid-range mountain stages, he can be there in a selected group going to the finish. Omer has shown significant progress, and he fully deserves our trust in him.”

Indeed, in every stage that he raced this year – from the UAE Tour to the Tour of Catalunya to Dauphine – Goldstein has proved to be one of the most aggressive riders in the ISN lineup. “I love to be part of the game,” explained Omer. “Of course, the Tour de France is the biggest race of all, and the stress in the peloton will be different. But I am confident that I am ready to help the team and have an impact on our quest to support Mike and get a stage win.”

Omer has developed a special bond with the TDF legend, Chris Froome, this season, spending weeks together in altitude training camps and racing alongside each other in a four-stage race. He said he is enthusiastic and proud to race with Froome in the Tour, saying “I respect him so much, he has been a quiet mentor. Advising me. Talking to me about the little details that can make a difference. I just love to race and train with Froomey. He is such a great fighter. Never underestimate him. He is on the up and I believe can surprise in the Tour.”

His first challenge, though, will arise this coming Saturday, a whole week before the Tour: the Israeli championships. This will be the scene of a great battle between ISN’s top Israelis for the title that is owned (for three more days) by Omer: “I want to represent my country in the Tour, wearing the champions jersey,” said Omer. “I will do my best to defend my title Saturday, but I can guarantee nothing. My Israeli teammates will do everything to win it, and that’s how it should be.”


Omer’s most enthusiastic and proudest fan in the Tour will be, no doubt, the team’s co-owner, Sylvan Adams, who said, “Omer’s rapid progress as a rider has validated all of ISN’s efforts in developing Israeli cyclists. Omer graduated just a couple of years ago from our U23 Israel Cycling Academy to become a solid WorldTour pro. He will race in his first Tour de France as invaluable support to team leader, Mike Woods. Yalla Omer, all of Israel will be watching and rooting for you!”


Criterium du Dauphine 2021 – 73rd Edition – 2nd stage Brioude – Saugues 172.8 km – 31/05/2021 – Omer Goldstein (ISR – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021



— Tsadok to israelcyclingacademy.com

Goldstein in the break on stage 3 of Dauphiné

Israeli champion, Omer Goldstein, showed off his national jersey in the breakaway on stage 3 of Critérium du Dauphiné, while team leader Ben Hermans did well to finish as the best Israel Start-Up Nation rider on the day.

Early in the stage, Goldstein managed to distance the peloton together with one other rider. The duo quickly opened up a gap of a couple of minutes, which they kept for the majority of the stage. However, after missing out the last two days, it was clear that the teams of the sprinters weren’t going to let a third opportunity slip away, and with 20 km left to go, it all came back together again.

Ultimately, Hermans finished in 28th place on the uphill finish, making sure not to lose any time to the other GC riders, as Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) won the stage. Lukas Pöstlberger (BORA – hansgrohe) kept his overall lead.

Omer Goldstein: “I followed the rider from Intermarché when he attacked, hoping that others would do the same, but when I looked back, I realized it was only me. However, I was optimistic because we knew it might be crosswind later on, so it would be better to be at the front in case the peloton split. At the end, it never split, and we got caught again towards the final, but I still got some KOM points, which may come in handy later in the race. I definitely felt better today than yesterday and I’m happy about that.”

Tomorrow, Critérium du Dauphiné continues with a 16.4 km long time trial.

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Goldstein best in Dauphiné opener

Israeli Champion Omer Goldstein finished in 20th place on stage 1 of Criterium du Dauphiné as best Israel Start-Up Nation rider on the day.

As expected, a small group of four riders got away early on the stage and quickly opening up a gap on the peloton. For a long time, it seemed like the pack had control of the situation but ultimately, one lone rider from the original quartet managed to keep the pack at bay and take the win.

Goldstein did well to sprint and make Top-20 in the reduced peloton, in which GC leader Ben Hermans and Chris Froome finished as well.

Omer Goldstein: “I felt pretty good today. The team stayed together in the pack and the atmosphere was really good. I haven’t raced in quite some time so I still need to find myself but I think my shape is good at the moment. Now, I’m looking forward to the next stages.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com