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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #150 on: October 31, 2016, 05:42 »
Huh.
4th in the *il champs isn't good enough anymore for a pro contract ... to be honest, that's probably a reasonable assessment of the current strength of Israeli cycling.
I guess that he'll continue with the development team that they have in the works.

I don't think all five Israelis will necessarily get a pro deal right away. Sagiv and Roy Goldstein have proven themselves, and Yechezkel is up-and-coming. Omer Goldstein however has only half a season of Conti experience, and the same is true for Zohar Hadari. Those two would profit from another year at Conti level.


I was more surprised about Gabay just because he is an Israeli. I seem to remember you didn't rate Hets Hatsafon too highly though.  :P

We'll have to see what happens with the Israelis and the devo team. They said it was going to be U23 and therefore only Omer Goldstein would be eligible from that perspective, but there's no reason why over 23s couldn't sign too, just that those riders wouldn't be able to compete in the U23 calendar.

I still think most of them will sign for the main team. Although they'll be a PCT team and will be racing some bigger races, presumably they'll still be a presence at quite a few .2 events where the less experienced members of the team (Israeli or otherwise) can continue their development.
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