Israel Cycling Academy

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Israel Cycling Academy
Israel Cycling Academy Logotype.png
Team information
UCI codeICA
RegisteredIsrael
Founded2015 (2015)
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI Continental (2015–2016)
UCI Professional Continental (2017– )
BicyclesDe Rosa (–2019)
Factor (2020–)
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
Team manager(s)Kjell Carlström
Nicki Sørensen
Team name history
2015–2016
2017–
Cycling Academy Team
Israel Cycling Academy
Israel Cycling Academy jersey
Jersey

Israel Cycling Academy (UCI team code: ICA) is a UCI Pro Continental team founded in 2015 by Ron Baron and Ran Margaliot and based in Israel. It participates in UCI Continental Circuits races.[1]

History[edit]

The team was launched in November 2014 by a team with the aim of developing young cyclists, especially from Israel.[2]

The team's first ever victory came in the fourth stage of the 2015 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, which was won by Daniel Turek.[3]

On 2 July 2015, the Israeli Road Racing Champion Guy Sagiv joined its ranks.[4]

In 2018 the team participated in a Cycling monument event for the first time – 2018 Milan-San Remo, and in a Grand Tour event for the first time – 2018 Giro d'Italia.

The Giro d’Italia first opening stage took place in Jerusalem, May 4, 2018 – the first time in the Giro ‘s 101 years of existence – that it has started outside of Europe. The Giro’s held its second and third stage in Israel before it continued to European Soil.

The Giro’s three stages raced in Israel has attracted considerable interest by the Israeli Public with many thousands of Israelis lining up along the route and supporting the riders and especially the Israel Cycling Academy home team. It was considered a significant success.

Israel Cycling Academy co-owner Sylvan Adams was the driving force behind the Giro’s “Big Start” in Israel, having financed a significant part of the race budget.

ICA (Israel Cycling Academy) best performance in the Giro was recorded in the 18th stage when its Spanish Rider Ruben Plaza has finished in the second place.

3 days later, when the Team has completed the Giro in Rome, it was its Israeli Guy Sagiv who has become the first Cyclist from Israel to ever finish a Grand tour.

In 2019, in its 5th season of Existence, ICA has enlarged its team roster to 30 riders and set a racing program that has exceeded 250 racing days all around the Globe.

The team was invited to take part in The Giro d’Italia In May 2019 and will make its first appearance in the Tour of California.

The team’s owners Ron Baron and Sylvan Adams have set the team’s goal to take part in the coming years in the world’s biggest races including the Tour de France to continue and inspiring and developing the new Generation of Israeli Cyclists.

In January 2019 the team has opened 3 cycling special youth programs in Israel and formed a youth cycling team in the Arab village of Shfaram. To further develop Israeli Young Cyclists, ICA is operating a Development team with 10 under the age of 23 riders. It also established a special partnership with one of the leading French Amateur teams – Côte d’Armor – that enables its young Development team riders to race in France and gain valuable experience.

In October 2019, Israel Cycling Academy completed the takeover of UCI World Tour team Katusha-Alpecin, including its World Tour license. As a result, ICA is due to become a UCI World Tour team, pending UCI approval.[5]

Team roster[edit]

As of 19 January 2019.[6]
Rider Date of birth
 Edwin Ávila (COL) (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 30)
 Matteo Badilatti (SUI) (1992-07-30) 30 July 1992 (age 27)
 Rudy Barbier (FRA) (1992-12-18) 18 December 1992 (age 26)
 Guillaume Boivin (CAN) (1989-05-25) 25 May 1989 (age 30)
 Matthias Brändle (AUT) (1989-12-07) 7 December 1989 (age 29)
 Clément Carisey (FRA) (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 27)
 Alexander Cataford (CAN) (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 26)
 Davide Cimolai (ITA) (1989-08-13) 13 August 1989 (age 30)
 Zak Dempster (AUS) (1987-09-27) 27 September 1987 (age 32)
 Conor Dunne (IRL) (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 27)
 Nathan Earle (AUS) (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 31)
 Itamar Einhorn (ISR) (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 22)
 Sondre Holst Enger (NOR) (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 25)
 Awet Gebremedhin (SWE) (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 27)
 Omer Goldstein (ISR) (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 23)
Rider Date of birth
 Roy Goldstein (ISR) (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 26)
 Ben Hermans (BEL) (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 33)
 August Jensen (NOR) (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 28)
 Riccardo Minali (ITA) (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 24)
 Krists Neilands (LAT) (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 25)
 Guy Niv (ISR) (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 25)
 Ben Perry (CAN) (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 25)
 Rubén Plaza (ESP) (1980-02-29) 29 February 1980 (age 39)
 Mihkel Räim (EST) (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 26)
 Guy Sagiv (ISR) (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 24)
 Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 29)
 Hamish Schreurs (NZL) (1994-01-23) 23 January 1994 (age 25)
 Daniel Turek (CZE) (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26)
 Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 29)
 Dennis van Winden (NED) (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 32)

Major wins[edit]

2015
Stage 4 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, Daniel Turek
Stage 1 Tour de Berlin, Daniel Turek
GP Polski Via Odra, Bartosz Warchoł
 Israel National Time Trial championship, Yoav Bear
 Israel National Road Race championship, Guy Sagiv
2016
 Namibia National Road Race championship, Dan Craven
Tour of Arad, Chris Butler
Stage 1 Tour de Beauce, Mihkel Raim
 Israel National Time Trial championship, Aviv Yechezkel
 Israel National Road Race championship, Guy Sagiv
 Mexico National Road Race championship, Luis Lemus
 Estonia National Road Race championship, Mihkel Raim
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Hongrie, Mihkel Raim
Stage 1, Mihkel Raim
Stage 4, Chris Butler
Stage 1 Tour of Rwanda, Guillaume Boivin
2017
Stage 1 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, Mihkel Raim
Stage 5 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, Krists Neilands
Stage 1 Okolo Slovenska, Mihkel Raim
 Israel National Time Trial championship, Guy Sagiv
 Israel National Road Race championship, Roy Goldstein
 Latvia National Road Race championship, Krists Neilands
Stage 4 Colorado Classic, Mihkel Raim
Stage 2 Baltic Chain Tour, Ben Perry
Prologue Tour of Taihu Lake, Guillaume Boivin
2018
Stage 3 Tour de Taiwan, Edwin Ávila
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, Rubén Plaza
Stage 2, Mihkel Raim
Stage 3, Rubén Plaza
Stage 4 Tour of Japan, Mihkel Raim
Stage 2 Tour de Korea, Mihkel Raim
Dwars door het Hageland - Aarschot, Krists Neilands
 Israel National Time Trial championship, Omer Goldstein
 Israel National Road Race championship, Roy Goldstein
 Latvia National Road Race championship, Krists Neilands
 Estonia National Road Race championship, Mihkel Raim
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Austria, Ben Hermans
Stage 3, Ben Hermans
Great War Remembrance Race, Mihkel Raim
2019
Stage 4 Tour of Rwanda, Edwin Ávila
Classic Loire Atlantique, Rudy Barbier
Jersey yellow.svg Overall GP Beiras e Serra da Estrela, Edwin Ávila
Stage 1, Edwin Ávila
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León, Davide Cimolai
Stages 1 & 2, Davide Cimolai
 Austria National Time Trial championship, Matthias Brändle
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Estonia, Mihkel Raim
Prologue, Matthias Brändle
Stage 1, Rudy Barbier
Stage 2, Mihkel Raim
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Hongrie, Krists Neilands
Stages 2 & 4, Krists Neilands
Stage 3 Tour de Korea, Ben Perry
 Israel National Time Trial championship, Guy Niv
 Latvia National Time Trial championship, Krists Neilands
 Israel National Road Race championship, Guy Sagiv
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Austria, Ben Hermans
Stage 4, Ben Hermans
Stage 3 Tour de Wallonie, Davide Cimolai
Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour of Utah, Ben Hermans
Stages 2 & 3
Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic, Zak Dempster
Grand Prix de Wallonie, Krists Neilands
Prologue Tour of Taihu Lake, Matthias Brändle
Binche–Chimay–Binche, Tom Van Asbroeck

National champions[edit]

2015
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Time Trial, Yoav Bear[7]
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Road Race, Guy Sagiv[8]
2016
MaillotNamibiaChampion.png Namibia Road Race, Dan Craven[9]
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Time Trial, Aviv Yechezkel
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Road Race, Guy Sagiv
MaillotMexicano Mexico Road Race, Luis Lemus
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race, Mihkel Raim
2017
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Time Trial, Guy Sagiv
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Road Race, Roy Goldstein
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Road Race, Krists Neilands
2018
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Time Trial, Omer Goldstein
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Road Race, Roy Goldstein
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Road Race, Krists Neilands
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race, Mihkel Raim
2019
MaillotAustria.PNG Austria Time Trial, Matthias Brändle
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Time Trial, Guy Niv
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Krists Neilands
MaillotIsrael.gif Israel Road Race, Guy Sagiv

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cycling Academy Team". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Gallery: Sagan helps launch first Israeli pro team". Cyclingnews.com. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Tour d'Azerbaïdjan 2015 – Stage 4". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Twitter: Cycling Academy adds Guy Sagiv". twitter.com. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Israel Cycling Academy complete Katusha-Alpecin takeover". Cyclingnews.com. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Israel Cycling Academy finalises 2019 roster, adds Sorensen as DS". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. ^ "National Championships Israel – ITT". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  8. ^ "National Championships Israel – Road Race". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  9. ^ "National Championships Namibia – Road Race". Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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