Alex Dowsett and Reto Hollenstein sign for Israel Cycling Academy
Nov 24 2019 02:39 am CET

Alex Dowsett and Reto Hollenstein sign for Israel Cycling Academy
Alex Dowsett and Reto Hollenstein sign for Israel Cycling Academy
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Israel Cycling Academy has announced the signings of Alex Dowsett and Reto Hollenstein for 2020.

The Israeli team continues strengthening its roster for its first season in the WorldTour with other two riders that come from Katusha-Alpecin. Both riders have many years of experience at the highest tier of professional cycling and they will bring it to the formation.

Dowsett is a former hour record, has won six times the individual time trial of the British national championships and took the victory of the eighth stage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia. “I think Israel Cycling Academy is a very progressive team with a focus on performance without compromise," the British ITT champion commented. "There seems to be modern-day thinking. As a rider, that is all I ask for.

"I also think a name change should be considered. A step up to the World Tour surely means Israel Cycling Academy has graduated from an Academy to a great team now."

The Briton is also awaiting for the 2020 season, for which he already has some goals in sight. "I am looking forward to it and strongly focused on the Olympic Games," he commented. "Obviously, I first need to get selected for the national team. Afterwards, I want to win the gold medal in Tokyo. Israel Cycling Academy is a perfect fit for these goals."

The 34-year-old Hollestein will start his sixth year in the WorldTour and he will take the role of domestique during the classics and stage races. "I will be part of a great team that has improved amazingly over the last few years," the Swiss affirmed. "I want to share my experience to strengthen the team.

"We can reach all our goals and share our successes. I want to perform to my best level, and I am looking forward to working for the team leaders."

Israel Cycling Academy's manager Kjell Carlström is excited about these new signings. "I am absolutely sure that both riders will strengthen the team in many ways," he commented. "Alex is great in ITT's and TTT's, but also in supporting the team, for example, in bringing key riders into position.

"Also, Reto has been a solid helper in both classics as in stage races before. He is experienced, knows what he is doing, and is therefore super valuable for the team."




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