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Second stage Vuelta not as ISN expected, and medical update on Cataford

Designated sprinter Itamar Einhorn was disappointed after stage 2 in #LaVuelta21. The Grand Tour debutant was the team leader, but could not get in the mix for the mass sprint.

“I was too far back, and then when my teammates, especially Davide, brought me to the front of the bunch, I ran out of energy.”

He was not surprised by the high level of racing in the Grand Tour, but he hoped – even though his last WorldTour-race took place last year – that he could compete with the top sprinters till the finish. Luckily for him, there are more chances to come.

“I am disappointed, of course, but I do know where I should improve in order to be more successful in the next mass sprint.”

“I was happy with the chance, and I am looking forward to the next stages.”

Alexander Cataford was involved in a crash with four kilometers to go. The Canadian suffered through his pain and finished the race.

He was taken to hospital after the stage where the medical staff diagnosed him with a broken collarbone. The Canadian will not start stage 3 in La Vuelta a España.

Sports director Oscar Guerrero is sad to see Cataford go, especially so early in the Vuelta. “This is a pity for him and the team.”

“He is young, comes to develop, and to fight for breakaways. Last year he crashed in the Giro d’Italia, and now he starts this Vuelta like that…”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

Race schedule update | Israel Start-Up Nation

Due to three positive Covid-19 cases amongst its staff members, Israel Start-Up Nation won’t be lining up for a small number of races in June.

The three staff members of the team returned a positive Covid-19 test result after regular internal testing by the team doctors. In order to contain the situation and to not risk the health of other staff members, riders and rival teams, Israel Start-Up Nation, has decided to skip the following races in June:

Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau (June 4)
Dwars door het Hageland (June 5)
Elfstedenronde (June 6)
Baloise Belgium Tour (June 9-13)
Adriatica Ionica Race (June 14-18)

The team will keep its race bubble intact for the Tour de Suisse (June 6-13) as none of the selected staff members nor riders has been in contact with any of the affected personnel. For the same reason, the team will also continue racing in the Critérium du Dauphiné.

General Manager, Kjell Carlström: “Obviously, we would have liked to line up in these great races, for which the riders have trained hard to do well. However, the health of our staff and riders, as well as safeguarding all other teams, will always come first. We don’t want to take any risk that may jeopardize anyone. In a situation like this, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com