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Experienced domestique Hollenstein returns to Tour after three years of absence

He is certainly one of the tallest riders in the Tour de France this year, Reto Hollenstein. At almost two meters tall, he is about to return to the biggest stage race in the world.

From 2014 to 2017, the Swiss skyscraper raced four consecutive Tour de Frances. After three years of absence, the experienced domestique returns to the country of wine and cheese.

“My main target is to support our team leader, sprinter, and help the team with daily stage goals,” Hollenstein said. “I am happy the team chose me for this job.”

The 35-year-old has had 26 race days so far this season, piloting, in his thirteenth year as a professional bike rider, Michael Woods to good results in the Volta a Catalunya, spring classics, Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné, as well as closing down gaps for Ben Hermans in the Critérium du Dauphiné earlier this month.

“My preparation towards the Tour de France has been good,” Hollenstein says. “I’ve done an altitude camp with some of the other riders going to the Tour in May, and that was one of the most fun and successful training camps I did so far in my career.”

Criterium du Dauphine 2021 – 73rd Edition – 8th stage La Lechere Les-Bains – Les Gets 147 km – 06/06/2021 – Reto Hollenstein (SUI – Israel Start-Up Nation) – Alexander Cataford (CAN – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

He laughed, joked, and trained hard with Omer Goldstein, Chris Froome, and Alexis Renard on Tenerife. “That training camp gave me a lot of morale to train even harder this season.”

His efforts on the bike, performances in races, and big heart for teammates to achieve their goals, resulted in a spot in the line-up for the world’s biggest race.

“I am looking forward to battling three weeks on French roads with my teammates. The team morale is very good, we know each other well after having spent quite a bit of time on the road together, and we are motivated to achieve our goals. I am honored and proud that I am part of this line-up.”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com