Despite the efforts of the sick and racist BDS Movement, Israel’s cycling team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time. An incredible accomplishment for Israel, who’s athletes are reaching new heights. Am Israel Chai!
— Israel Start-Up Nation / Israel Cycling Academy (@YallaIsraelSUN) August 19, 2020
Israeli cycling ready to take center stage
With world-class riders, blue-and-white team has high hopes heading into Tour de France
By Jerusalem Post, August 27, 2020
After Israel Start-Up Nation (“ISN”), the Israeli professional cycling team, announced its rider roster for the 2020 Tour de France on Wednesday during a press conference in Nice, the squad has set its sights on the race itself, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday and run through September 20.
The lineup includes Irishman Dan Martin, German riders Andre Greipel and Nils Politt, Frenchman Hugo Hofstetter, Belgian cyclists Ben Hermans and Tom Van Asbroeck, Latvian rider Krists Neilands and Guy Niv, who will be the first Israeli ever to ride on cycling’s largest stage.
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Posted by Israel Start-Up Nation / Israel Cycling Academy on Friday, August 28, 2020
“I am honored and privileged to represent my country and team in the biggest race in cycling and one of the greatest sporting events in the world,” said Niv. “And to be the first Israeli to do so? It might sound like a cliché, but it’s a dream come true. I have goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s huge, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do – and now we are about to make history. I cannot wait!”
Niv began his cycling career as a dedicated mountain biker before being recruited by the Israel Cycling Academy (“ICA”) three years ago. He is now an established national time-trial champion even though he only took up road racing upon his ICA recruitment.
“When we founded the team five years ago, we dreamed of this moment. But we strive for more than just the glory of racing in the Tour de France. We want every kid in Israel to say, ‘I can be Guy Niv one day. I can get to the Tour,’” said team co-owner Ron Baron. “We are committed to fostering young Israeli talent with our Israel Cycling Academy continental team, so I say to the young Israeli generation: The doors are open!”
Along with Niv’s placement in the starting squad, this will also be the first year an Israeli-owned team will be participating in the Tour. Team co-owner Sylvan Adams called it “a dream come true. We are here not to just ride along but to be seen. We will be in the mix in every stage!
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