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ISN brings Israelis, sprinter and GC-competitor to first edition Settimana Ciclistica Italiana

Israel Start-Up Nation will compete in the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana. For the first edition of the stage race on Sardinia, the team brings Ben Hermans as its GC-competitor, Rudy Barbier in the role of sprinter, and two Israeli riders: Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv.

The Italian race features five stages. It will be ‘race on’ for Hermans as GC-contender directly from the opening stage, while Barbier will be looking forward to the third and final stages.

Giro dell’Appennino 2021 – 82nd Edition – Pasturana – Genova 192 km – 24/06/2021 – Ben Hermans (BEL – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

The Belgian climber was on a roll at the end of last month when he won the Giro dell’Appennino and finished on the podium in the Gran Premio di Lugano.

“From there I was able to keep on working on my fitness,” Hermans said before the start of the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana. “There are no real uphill finishes this week on Sardinia, but the parcours seems diverse enough to make differences.”

The two Israelis in the lineup both spent a lot of time at altitude, during ISN’s training camp in Livigno. The stage race on Sardinia is their first race after the camp.

Giro d’Italia 2021 – 104th Edition – 15th stage Grado – Gorizia 147 km – 22/05/2021 – Guy Niv (ISR – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Guy Niv, the first Israeli rider to finish the Tour de France, worked on his shape during that camp. “After finishing the Giro d’Italia, I rested well, did the national championships in Israel, and then started preparing for my second part of the season. I am looking back on a successful training camp in Livigno. I find racing in Italy always fun, so I am excited to race again.”

Guy Sagiv is also looking forward to the second part of his season. Just like Niv, he competed in the Israeli national championships before starting his build-up towards mid- and late-season goals. “Livigno was good to me,” he said. “We spent a lot of time on the bike and finished a very good training block at altitude. A training camp like we had there is exactly the impulse I need to be ready for another block of racing.”

La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Guy Sagiv (ISR – Israel Start-Up Nation) – Reto Hollenstein (SUI – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Dion Kerckhoffs/CV/BettiniPhoto©2021

Barbier returns to racing after two months without. “It has been a long time, indeed, which makes me very keen on pinning a bib number on.” Barbier was also in Livigno. “I have enjoyed my time and I am ready to race.”

Israel Start-Up Nation’s line up for Settimana Ciclistica Italiana (14/07 – 18/07):

  • Guy Niv
  • Guy Sagiv
  • Ben Hermans
  • Sep Vanmarcke
  • Rudy Barbier
  • Sebastian Berwick
  • Krists Neilands

Sports directors: Claudio Cozzi & Dror Pekatch

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

The ISN lineup for Tour de France 2021

Israel Start-Up Nation is ready to take on the team’s second Tour de France with eight strong riders focusing on both the general classification as well as stage wins throughout the race.

After a tough selection process, the team is proud to announce the following lineup for the Tour:

Michael Woods
Dan Martin
Chris Froome
Omer Goldstein
André Greipel
Reto Hollenstein
Guillaume Boivin
Rick Zabel

Sports manager, Rik Verbrugghe: “It’s never easy to make the final selection for the Tour de France. Every rider has his own skill set to offer and we need to bring them all together, working as a team. This is not just about selecting one rider. We have to select a whole group that works well together towards a common goal throughout the three weeks.”

“To start out, Mike will be our main rider for the GC as Dan already did the Giro. But of course, if Dan can add to that tally in the Tour, it will be perfect for us. In fact, we will take on the Tour similar to how we did the Giro, only that we now have two riders to protect. Looking at the team we are bringing, I fully believe we will put our mark on the race.”

Michael Woods: “I am really excited to represent Israel Start-Up Nation in the Tour de France, especially in a team leader role. I have had an opportunity to lead a team in a Grand Tour before, but never at the Tour de France. I am honored to be given this position, especially considering the quality of the team we have.”
“I love racing GC. It’s really challenging and doing it in the Tour is even more challenging, more intense, and much more stressful. But the way I am riding these days, I am up to the challenge. And with the team that we have, we will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Omer Goldstein: “I love to be part of the game. Of course, the Tour de France is the biggest race of them all and the stress in the peloton will be different. However, I am confident that I am ready to help the team and to have an impact on our quest to support Mike and get a stage win.”

For more information about the ISN lineup for the Tour de France, as well as comments from all the selected riders, make sure to check out our dedicated TDF page here.

— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com

Chris Froome ready for first Tour de France with ISN

Israel Start-Up Nation is proud to announce that four-time Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, will line up for this year’s Tour in the blue and white colors of ISN.

“Chris will be our road captain in this year’s Tour de France. As a four-time winner of the Tour, the value of his experience cannot be underestimated. It will be extremely useful for the team during the race”, said sports manager Rik Verbrugghe.

“On a performance level, I believe that we will see another improvement from the Dauphiné to the Tour after our recent training camp in the Alps. We hope to see Chris progress stage by stage throughout the race.”

With seven Grand Tour victories and 14 Grand Tour stage wins to his name, Froome is one of the most acclaimed GC riders of his generation. This year’s edition of the Tour marks his return to the race after a career-threatening accident two years ago.

“After two years away from the Tour de France I can’t wait to get back. It has been an arduous journey since my crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2019, but this has been one of my biggest motivations”, Froome explains.

“I’ve been working tirelessly to get to where I am, and although my ambitions this year won’t be as leader, I hope to add my experience and support to the team as best I can as road captain. We have a strong contender in Michael Woods, and I look forward to giving my all for him and the team in the battle to Paris.”

We will continue to announce our Tour de France lineup throughout this week. Make sure to follow the ISN social media channels to stay updated.

— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com