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by Shane Stokes
April 10, 2018
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Israel Cycling Academy at Sierra Nevada altitude camp; photo by Noa Arnon.
With the start of the Giro d’Italia less than a month away, the Israel Cycling Academy team has announced the first three riders who will take part in the race, as well as confirming that three Israeli riders are on the long list. Belgian rider Ben Hermans, the 2017 Tour of Oman winner, has been selected, as has double Vuelta a Espana stage winner Ruben Plaza of Spain. Ditto for the Latvian Krists Neilands, who was seventh in last month’s GP Industria & Artigianato and ninth in the Herald Sun Tour.
Team manager Kjell Carlstrom said that Neilands has displayed strong form of late. “He showed us especially in Milano Sanremo. He did a great race and was on the attack on the Poggio, which was the winning move. Krists is a strong guy and he’s getting even stronger so he has a place in the Giro.”
The three Israelis in the running are Roy Goldstein, Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv. Also on the long list are the Colombian Edwin Avila, Guillaume Boivin (Canada), Zak Dempster and Nathan Earle (both Australia), Sondre Holst Enger and August Jensen (both Norway), Kristian Sbaragli (Italy), Daniel Turek (Czech Republic) and Dennis van Winden (Netherlands).
“The Israelis will be required to meet the same criteria as all the other riders selected,” says Carlstrom. “They’ve already proved that they can help this team significantly.”
Team co-owner Sylvan Adams said that team selection is a difficult decision. “The final cut will necessarily disappoint some riders who are working hard. From the riders announced so far, Ben and Ruben were signed largely in anticipation of this race, our first participation in a Grand Tour. As for Krists’ early selection, he earned his position through his excellent season start.”