The biggest and most nationally diverse team in professional cycling have wrapped up their annual training camp in Israel. The Israel Cycling Academy is co-owned by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvain Adams and counts three Canadians on the roster of 30 riders with Guillaume Boivin, Ben Perry and new signing Alex Cataford.
The team will open their season with the Vuelta a San Juan followed by the three one-day races that make up the Mallorca Challenge. The team has also received an invite to Milan-San Remo and the Giro d’Italia. It’s a big year for the UCI Pro Continental team which is eyeing an invite to the 2020 Tour de France.
To achieve that end, the team hopes to ranks amoung the top two Pro Conti teams by UCI points in order to achieve an automatic invite to the Grand Tours by the new rules which go into effect in 2020.
The 2019 roster, which includes 10 new riders, assembled in Israel for training camp and visited the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and the memorial for Gino Bartali who was a celebrated rider before World War II and is celebrated for his efforts aiding Jews during the Holocaust.