Israel Cycling Academy for Giro: First two Israeli riders ever at a Grand Tour
Apr 26 2018 12:13 am CET

Israel Cycling Academy for Giro: First two Israeli riders ever at a Grand Tour
Israel Cycling Academy for Giro: First two Israeli riders ever at a Grand Tour
Israel Cycling Academy © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Israel Cycling Academy has announced its team for the Giro d'Italia. The roster includes two Israeli riders that will become the first from this country to start in a Grand Tour.

Guy Sagiv and Guy Niv will be the first cyclists from Israel not only to start in the Giro d'Italia but also in any grand tour.

The team thinks its decision to bring two riders from Israel is dramatic and surprising. "Israel Cycling Academy has made changing the landscape of cycling in Israel its main priority," commented Team Manager Kjell Carlstöm. "This is who we are and we all support this goal. It’s the reason this team was founded. While Sagiv and Niv have both progressed tremendously, bringing them to a Grand Tour already is definitely risky.

"Sure, we could have gone with a stronger team to the Giro, but we know that between their continuous improvements, their proven mental grit and the backing of their teammates, they will do everything to make it through. More than that, they will help us. I am proud of this decision and confident we are sending a balanced, experienced, and versatile team. We are all motivated to succeed and that means making an impact in the race and winning a stage would be the icing on the cake."

For Sagiv, this happens in his third year as a professional rider. "I am so honoured to be selected and I believe I have earned this," he affirmed. "Now I am focusing on only one thing: helping my teammates. This is my role and I will do everything I can to support our squad."

Former full-time mountain biker Niv is pleased with the news. "I was so relieved to get selected," the rider explained. "I was so stressed waiting the last 24 hours. I am very proud that the team is putting their trust in me. Selecting Sagiv and I shows Israel and the world that Israel is truly becoming a cycling country with riders taking the sport seriously and achieve their dreams. But beyond this, I believe that I can make it to the last stage in Rome. I see myself in the finish line there!"




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