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ISN-riders hit the deck (again) in nervous final of stage 5 Vuelta

Israel Start-Up Nation was one of the major victims of a massive crash with 12 kilometers to go in stage 5 of La Vuelta a España. Four of ISN’s riders hit the asphalt.

Itamar Einhorn, Sep Vanmarcke, Davide Cimolai, and Mads Würtz Schmidt, basically the whole ISN-sprint train, found themselves off the bike.

Vuelta Espana 2021 – 76th Edition – 5th stage Tarancon – Albacete 184,4 km – 18/08/2021 – Injury – Mads Wurtz Schmidt (DEN – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Einhorn, Vanmarcke, and Cimolai, are mostly suffering from wounds and bruises. “I have felt better before, but also worse,” Cimolai said after having his wounds treated by the doctor.

Würtz Schmidt, who raced today for the first time on his brand-new Danish champion Factor OSTRO Vam, had to visit the hospital for checks.

No fractures were found, however, Würtz Schmidt did suffer from multiple contusions. and skin abrasions. He will start stage six.

The race itself only unfolded slowly. In the first hour of racing, the peloton only covered 31 kilometers. Slowly, it upped the pace, especially when crosswinds in the last hour of racing risked endangering the sprinter teams’ opportunities.

Israel Start-Up Nation rode attentively, and maintained a good position, but was so unfortunate to be at the bad place at the worst possible time.

Earlier in the Vuelta, Alexander Cataford had to abandon, after breaking his collarbone in a crash in the second stage.

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

Road captain Ben Moshe leads ICA through nervous first stage in Portugal

Israeli rider Yuval Ben Moshe is one of the most experienced riders in the Israel Cycling Academy formation racing the next ten days in Portugal. Thus, the 22-year-old is the road captain in the #VPSantander21 – it’s a role he enjoys and is good at.

“It was nice”, Ben Moshe would say after the stage. “I always try to do my best to give good calls about what I see during the race.”

In the first stage (after yesterday’s prologue), Ben Moshe took the important role upon himself and carried it out to the liking of sports director Cherie Pridham. “Yuval did a good job today”, she said. “It was a nervous stage with a lot of motivated riders who battled for positions in front of the bunch to avoid possible splits during crosswind sections.”

According to the British DS, Ben Moshe gave good information via the race radio, was positive, motivated his teammates and kept the team together during important moments in the race. “I saw a confident Yuval today, who took his role seriously and carried it out very well.”

Ben Moshe himself enjoyed having the responsibility. The Israeli and his teammates led team leader Mason Hollyman into the final climb in a good position. The Brit showed himself when he made a few moves, and finished solidly in the bunch.

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com