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by Mark Zalewski
December 3, 2016
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The Israeli Cycling Academy Team have confirmed former professional and IAM Cycling director sportif Kjell Carlström will be the team’s director as it moves to the ProContinental level in 2017.
The 40-year-old raced for Liquigas and Sky during his career before taking up his DS role with IAM Cycling, beginning in 2013.
“I am aware of the enormous responsibility, but excited to get the chance,” he said.
“The main reason I was attracted to the job is the goal Israel Cycling Academy has set for its future: To help the riders and the team to reach the biggest stage races, such as the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, for the first time. When achieved it will be sports history, as an Israeli team and Israeli riders have never done it before. So it’s a great motivation to us all.
“For me, the most important thing is that we will ride as a team. That’s why the teams’ decision that all the riders will stay in Girona between races is so crucial. I expect my riders to be 100 percent prepared, just as I expect it from myself. The smallest of details might make the difference.”
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