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by Mark Zalewski
December 10, 2016
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The Israeli Cycling Academy team has finalised its roster as it makes the jump to the ProContinental level, adding two more Israeli riders to bring the total to three. Team Manager Ran Margaliot said he realises that there is a long road ahead of the team, and in particular for the Israeli riders.
Mihkel Räim (Estonia National Champion) finishes 12th at the Schaal Sels, the team’s only finisher.
“Right now, Pro Continental is way above their level,” said Margaliot. “But we believe that the only way to succeed is to put them in front of the biggest of challenges, and demand one thing: When you get the chance to race, make an impact! Don’t ride to ‘just survive.’”
The two Israelis, Aviv Yechezkel and Roy Goldstein, join Israeli National Champion Guy Sagiv. are the last two pieces to the 16-rider roster. The rest of the riders on the team are coming from 11 different countries, and, the team includes five current national champions. Australian Zak Dempster will captain the team, coming from the BORA-Argon18 team, along with longtime pro Dan Craven. Aussie Jason Lowndes also comes from the ProConti level and American Tyler Williams is an up-and-coming talent.
“Carrying three Israelis on the team, and hopefully more to come, is not just a number, it’s a statement that we are loyal to our Israeli roots and to our number one goal, the reason we founded this team,” said team founder Ron Baron.
“We know that [the Israeli riders] are not ready yet, but we are committed to push the best Israeli talents up to the worlds biggest cycling stage, and to develop and revolutionize the Israeli Cycling scene.”
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