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by Matt de Neef
October 30, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jakub Mareczko leads after two stages in Hainan; Chris Froome “wins” the inaugural Shanghai Criterium; Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer win the London Six-Day; Froome expects significant “challenge” from Dumoulin in the future; Mikel Landa — I would have liked a warmer welcome from Quintana; Shane Sutton to work with Chinese national team; Monte Zoncolan and Rome TT on the cards for 2018 Giro; Zak Dempster among three riders to renew with the Israel Cycling Academy; US cyclist makes thoughts on Trump known; Froome and Kittel arm-wrestle in China; When tricks on the track go wrong.
After last week’s announcement that Nathan Earle will join the Israel Cycling Academy in 2018, the Pro Continental outfit has confirmed three re-signings for next season, including Earle’s fellow Australian Zak Dempster.
Dempster joins Canadian Guillaume Boivin and Dutchman Dennis van Winden in committing to the team for the 2018 season.
“For me, I need to take another step in the harder races,” Dempster said. “There are fast guys on the team next year and I see myself as an important part of preparing the sprint for them.”
Dempster is also keen on taking his own opportunities: “I’d like to broaden the finals I can be involved in. I’ve got a fair few seasons behind me now so I think when the races are longer and a bit harder, I’ve got the base to be there and be competitive.”
Israel Cycling Academy was founded in December 2014 as Israel’s first professional cycling team. The 2017 season was the team’s first in the Pro Continental ranks.