Rick Zabel and Mads Würtz Schmidt join Israel Cycling Academy in 2020
Nov 16 2019 08:59 pm CET

Rick Zabel and Mads Würtz Schmidt join Israel Cycling Academy in 2020
Rick Zabel and Mads Würtz Schmidt join Israel Cycling Academy in 2020
Israel Cycling Academy © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Rick Zabel and Mads Würtz Schmidt will join Israel Cycling Academy from the 2020 season and as such put an end to a time of uncertainty.

Zabel and Würtz Schmidt were part of Katusha-Alpecin, a team that will disappear at the end of 2019. Both riders were uncertain about their futures in the sport, but they have signed a contract with Israel Cycling Academy for the season the team will step up to the WorldTour.

Zabel is a sprinter that has taken stage victories in races like the Tour of Austria and the Tour de Yorkshire and has experience in grand tours that can be useful for the formation. "I am so happy, especially after what we went through," he said. "But I am looking forward now. Israel Cycling Academy is so special, the only team coming out of Israel. I was so impressed with its success and now that I can be part of it, and I feel we have a great squad."

Würtz Schmidt stepped up to the WorldTour in 2017 and wants to keep developing as a rider in the formation. "I kept my fingers crossed for Israel Cycling Academy to be the team we would come together to - and I am happy that at last, it's behind us, and we can focus on racing and helping the team achieve its goals.

"The last two years I've noticed Israel Cycling Academy in many races. They ride aggressively and always give it a try in the final for their leader. I kept my fingers crossed that I will land here. So excited to have a chance to visit Israel after Giro 2018 that I started in Jerusalem. My first focus will be the Classics and especially my dream race: Paris Roubaix."

The team's manager Kjell Carlstrom welcomed these two signings. "We are bringing on riders that we strongly feel can help the team in different areas like bolstering a solid sprint 'train' and the Classics," he explained. "Rick has shown that he can be a vital piece in helping out the team in different races, both classics, and stage races. We believe that he can also continue to improve and be a vital part of the team.

"Mads Würtz has shown his capacity both in TT’s and road races. He can be an integral part of the classics team, and in short stage races with a TT, he could potentially get some personal glory as well."



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