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by Shane Stokes
October 26, 2017
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Australian rider Nathan Earle has signed a two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy, moving to the squad as it aims to step up a level in 2018. Now 29, he turned pro with Sky in 2014 and spent two years there, but was not retained after the 2015 season.
At the time he told CyclingTips that he had less opportunities than he had anticipated due to a ‘heavy domestique role,’ but that he felt he had learned a lot. He subsequently raced for Drapac Pro Cycling in 2016 and moved to Team Ukyo this season. He won the Tour de Lombok and was second overall in the Tour of Japan.
“For me this is the biggest signing of my career,” he said of his new contract. “I can’t wait to race back in Europe and have the challenge of racing some of the biggest races again. I couldn’t think of a better team to do this with and I am looking forward to the journey. I believe I am yet to see the best of my ability and am excited to see how far I can push myself whilst growing with Israel Cycling Academy.”
The team looks set to ride the Giro d’Italia next year and Earle will aim to be part of the squad. Directeur sportif Kjell Carlström said that Earle’s role within the team “will be defined during the year. My idea is that he can continue to grow as a rider, seize his chances in some races, and be a valuable helper for Ben [Hermans] and Ruben [Plaza] in some hillier and tougher races!”
Earle believes that the tough times he has had will stand to him. “It’s how you weather the storms and tough times that make you a better person and athlete and make winning that much sweeter when you come out the other side,” said the Tasmanian. “I believe in hard work and when a win, or even a teammate’s win, comes from that hard work it’s a feeling you don’t forget.”