Israel Start-Up Nation organises first training camp after Covid-19 crisis
May 13 2020 04:10 am CET

Israel Start-Up Nation organises first training camp after Covid-19 crisis
Israel Start-Up Nation organises first training camp after Covid-19 crisis
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Israel Start-Up Nation has become the first professional team to return to an organized training camp since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The training camp has been possible after Israel lifted most of the restrictions that still exist in many European countries to control the coronavirus. More than 12 riders of the WorldTour team and the continental formation got together to ride for the first time to start preparations for the resuming of the season.

The formation conducted the training camp under a set of rules to protect its more than 20 participants -including riders, mechanics, soigneurs and coaches. All of them had to sign a statement of a clean bill of health, body temperature has often been tested, meals are delivered in boxes and eaten with strict social distancing and all the other activities, like meetings, have been held outdoors.

"The team is doing its utmost to protect us, so I feel pretty safe," said riders Guy Niv. "Being able to train together, race together to a sprint, or working on high speeds. This is something you can't train alone or on home trainers. It enables you to reach levels that you can never reach otherwise."

To the training camp in the north of Israel only the riders from the country could assist because others are in different locations and were not able to join. "There are several hurdles to overcome before the season restarts and restrictions of movement between countries are the most crucial," explained team manager Kjell Carlstrom.

"It may be difficult to have a full team training camps as we have riders living all over the world. We may need to build several squads based on areas and which races they are selected to – and keep them together. For sure, it will be very complicated and challenging."





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