Israel Start-Up Nation plans to restart season in July before tackling TDF for the first time ever
May 24 2020 06:22 am CET

Israel Start-Up Nation plans to restart season in July before tackling TDF for the first time ever
Israel Start-Up Nation plans to restart season in July before tackling TDF for the first time ever
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Israel Start-Up Nation is already getting ready to kick off the season in July, in the remainder of the season, which will have 42 races in 4 months.

The Israeli team plans to restart the season at the Sibiu Tour in Romania (July 2-5), which will be followed by the Dokola Mazowza in Poland (July 15-18) and the Vuelta a Burgos (July 28- August 1). The first races will give the chance to Israeli riders to prove themselves to make it into the Tour de France roster -in which the team will be at the start line for the first time ever.

For the most experienced riders, the season restarts in August with the WorldTour calendar and Dan Martin will lead the roster for the French grand tour. "I am incredibly motivated to pin on a number and get some big results for Israel Start-Up Nation in what a truly unprecedented season has been," the Irish rider commented.

"It's a congested calendar, so picking a route through it and setting goals is tricky, plus weather conditions will be different in the races to the standard, but I'm looking forward to it. It remains to be seen what the circumstances that we race under will be, but I'm confident the team will be prepared for whatever those conditions are and can't wait to get racing again."

For Andre Greipel, the resuming of the season will have to be safe for everybody involved. "I am still doing groceries with a face mask, people are still dying of corona, and therefore it sometimes feels a little strange that we are thinking about racing again," the former German champion affirmed.

"Nobody knows if the virus will spread again, and I think we should not force racing if it is unsafe. However, if the race season restarts, I will be ready. That's for sure."

The Italian sprinter Davide Cimolai is looking forward to competing in the races of his country. "I hope to ride the races in my home country: Tirreno-Adriatico, the Giro d'Italia and – of course – Milan-San Remo," he commented. "I have worked hard in lockdown-times, and I was always motivated. I will be 100% ready in August."





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