Jakob Fuglsang and Hugo Houle to join Israel Start-Up Nation in 2022
Oct 14 2021 02:43 am CET

Jakob Fuglsang and Hugo Houle to join Israel Start-Up Nation in 2022
Jakob Fuglsang and Hugo Houle to join Israel Start-Up Nation in 2022
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Jakob Fuglsang and Hugo Houle are set to join Israel Start-Up Nation in 2022 and with a three-year contract.

"We are constantly looking for ways to strengthen our team, and with these two new riders, we feel we have accomplished that," said general manager Kjell Carlstrom. "For a few years, Jakob Fuglsang has been up there with the best GC riders in the world, and he still is.

"To add another rider to our GC team with such capacities is definitely broadening our possibilities for great results, especially in week-long stage races. And with Hugo, we have got a strong helper who has shown how valuable he can be for his teammates, getting the team in the correct position at the right time."

Fuglsang (36) is a versatile rider that has an impressive palmares that includes two overall wins at the Criterium du Dauphine and the Vuelta a Andalucía/Ruta del Sol, and victories of Monument races like Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Il Lombardia, among many others. He's facing a new challenge after being in Astana-Premier Tech since 2013.

"I'm very happy and excited to join Israel Start-Up Nation," said the Dane. "I believe it's a good time for me to try something new, and I believe that ISN and I can benefit a lot from each other.

"I think that I can make good use of my experience in the team and help the team to reach some of its future goals. I'm convinced that I still have some big wins left in me and, of course, the Tour de France Grand Depart from Denmark next year will be a big goal."

Houle (31) makes the move also from Astana-Premier Tech -where he arrived in 2018- and he is a strong roleur that is the current time trial national champion, which means the team will have both jerseys of Canada, with Guillaume Bovin being the reigning champion on the road. "After four years at team Astana-Premier Tech, this new challenge brought me a new motivation for the coming season," said the Canadian.

"I am really excited to join Israel Start-Up Nation. I want to thank Sylvan Adams for this opportunity to come home. It's natural to join him, as he contributed to developing Canadian cycling with the Spidertech team and support in the World Championships. I'm sure the team will provide me with the best environment to keep progressing as a rider in the coming season and contribute to ISN's success."
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