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Team BikeExchange ready for back-to-back Italian classics – Team BikeExchange

The Italian autumn classics continue as Team BikeExchange line-up for two back-to-back one-day races at the Coppa Bernocchi and Tre Valli Varesine.

The core of the squad that tackled the Giro dell’Emilia remains, but with added reinforcements as Australian duo Nick Schultz and Rob Stannard come into the fold.

The 102nd edition of the Coppa Bernocchi takes in a route of almost 200km that winds north of Milan with a flat run to the finish line in Legnano. The following day will mark the 100th edition of the Tre Valli Varesine, which will start from Busto Arsizio and end with the usual 13km circuit of Varese, to be repeated 8 times.

Team BikeExchange at Coppa Bernocchi and Tre Valli Varesine:
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Mikel Nieve (ESP)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Rob Stannard (AUS)

Nick Schultz:
“I’m looking forward to these Italian races. In years past, I have done each of them once before, so I know the parcours a little bit, but not super well. They are races that lend themselves to an aggressive style of racing where many different outcomes are possible.

My shape seems to be good coming off the World Championships and I hope to be able the help the team or have a good ride myself.”

Gene Bates – Sport Director:
“Coppa Bernocchi is maybe the ‘easiest’ race in terms of altitude gain and typically we see a fairly large group get to the finish together in a bunch sprint, but probably we will have a lot of rain and this can change the race a lot.

Our guys will need to be on the front foot and ready for action quite early and we will also look to assist Nick in the finish.

Tre Valli is a very difficult and demanding race around Varese and with many climbs. Again, the forecast is for rain, and this will make the race even harder and I think we will have a very selective group going to the line. We need to have good legs because it’s a race without a lucky winner and I’m sure we have good options with Nick and Rob”.

2021 Coppa Bernocchi, Tre Valli Varesine Race Details:
Coppa Bernocchi, Monday, 4th October, Legnano to Legnano, 197km
Tre Valli Varesine, Tuesday, 5th October, Busto Arsizio to Varese, 196km

Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

ICA ready for big Portuguese challenge: ten days of high-level racing

The Israel Cycling Academy Continental team is about to take the start in the Volta a Portugal, a ten-day stage race from Lisbon to Viseu.

The Volta a Portugal is one of the biggest races the Continental team can compete in and has an extraordinary number of race days: ten. For most of ICA’s riders in Portugal, it will be the first time racing so many consecutive days.

“Yes,” Oded Kogut, one of the selected Israeli riders says, “ten days in a row is definitely going to be a challenge. For me, it’s a big step, as I have never raced so many consecutive days before.”

But the 20-year-old is excited to race the Volta a Portugal. “It is my biggest race so far. I am especially looking forward to the short prologue and the last individual time trial.”

Ben Moshe as road captain

One of the other Israelis on the team, Yuval Ben Moshe, shares Kogut’s sentiment about the biggest race in his career. He is selected as the road captain in the team, after having gained experience from his WorldTour-team-companions earlier this year in Hungary.

“I will try to help everyone as much as I can, and in the meantime better learn myself how to read a race. I hope I can grow in my responsible role throughout the race and do a good job,” Ben Moshe says.

Upped training volume

ICA’s sports director Zak Dempster thinks that spending energy wisely will be a key to success. “The Volta a Portugal is a famous race, mostly because of its difficulty. For the whole team, it will be a great opportunity to take a big step forward in their development.”

In order to be optimally prepared, Israel Cycling Academy gradually intensified their training over the last two seasons, and especially in the last months with a training camp and several races.

Sports director Cherie Pridham says that having a few races will do them well in Portugal: “The guys are ready for a tough, ten-day stage race like this. The intense training should leave them prepared.”

Mackellar: “We can be one of the stronger teams”

Mason Hollyman, who wore the young classification jersey in the GP Torres Vedras last month, Alastair Mackellar, stage winner in that same Portuguese race, and Riley Pickrell are ICA’s non-Israeli forces for the Volta a Portugal.

Mackellar, having had an up in Torres Vedras with a victory and a down with a crash on the last day, says he is particularly eager to race stages 4 and 6. “These two stages look punchy: hard rolling days that would most likely bring a reduced bunch to the line. I expect bigger, WorldTour and Pro Conti teams to control, just like in Torres Vedras, however, I think we could have a chance those days.”

Hollyman agrees with him: “I think the whole team prepared very well for this one. We had a team camp and put some good work in together. Torres Vedras and the Vuelta Castilla y Leon were perfect preparation races for going into this race. A successful race for us would be podiuming in a stage and also being up there in the GC.”

Zak Dempster and Cherie Pridham agree: “Top-10 in the GC, a podium, and having everyone through to the finish will be a great boost for Israel Cycling Academy, the team, and for everyone’s development and their futures.”

  • Yuval Ben Moshe
  • Edo Goldstein
  • Riley Pickrell
  • Oded Kogut
  • Mason Hollyman
  • Saned Abu Fares
  • Alastair Mackellar

Sports directors: Cherie Pridham and Zak Dempster

— Sjors Beukeboom 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.

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com