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by Neal Rogers
January 22, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Impey wins Santos Tour Down Under, Greipel claims final stage; Van der Poel, Compton win Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay; Citing fever, Nibali withdraws from Vuelta a San Juan; Government of South Australia guarantees equal prize money at TDU; Dimension Data boss: No room for Teklehaimanot, but he’ll have new team soon; RCS Sport announces wildcards for Giro d’Italia plus other WorldTour events; Israel Cycling Academy celebrating Giro wildcard invitation; Bardiani-CSF secures second chance at Giro; Video: Katusha-Alpecin works on dialing in Marcel Kittel’s leadout train; Video: Molly Weaver on surviving catastrophic 2017 training incident; Video: Fan-made 2018 WorldTour season trailer.
As was widely anticipated, the Israel Cycling Academy team was awarded a wildcard to this year’s Giro d’Italia. The race begins with three days in Israel and one of the primary backers of the Israel Grande Partenza, Sylvan Adams, is a co-owner of the team as well. As a result, the squad, which was founded prior to the 2015 season and stepped up to the Pro Continental level for 2017, was perceived as a near-certainty for the event.
“It’s an historic moment and a great honour,” said the team owners after the announcement. “We earned this selection with our excellent team, including seasoned riders who have secured victories in two of the three Grand Tours. We now expect to add a stage win in this year’s Giro and to place a team leader high on the GC.”
The team made a number of important additions in recent months, including the signing of Ben Hermans and Ruben Plaza. The latter has taken stages in the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, and wants to complete the trio.
“My personal dream is to win it in our home country Israel, but we would be very happy if it happens in any of the other stages,” he said. “One thing we have already achieved through being selected for the Giro: A recognition that this team is on the path to achieving the greatest feats in the sport.”
Click through to read more at the Israel Cycling Academy website.