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Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
« Reply #570 on: September 20, 2020, 12:04 »
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1233328410723848192

The winner of the overall will get a stagiaire contract with the WT team. Unfortunately the competition ends in the middle of September and thus the lucky rider will only get ~1 months worth of racing, but there's a fair few one-day races for them to get their teeth into at that time of year.

In addition one of the three best club riders in the competition will get a permanent contract with the feeder team.

Unsurprisingly this will not be happening this year. I think there have only been two races in the competition so far with just one more planned.

Quote from: Aviad Izrael
“Unfortunately Israel Start-Up Nation cannot offer an internship contract to the winner of the Top League and no contract to the winner of the club classification for the continental Israel Cycling Academy this year. The corona virus and its consequences are at the root of this. Due to the fact that due to the coronavirus, unfortunately many Top League competitions were canceled, ICA cannot sufficiently assess whether the riders who would be eligible for the contract for the continental team, fit in the vision of the management. ”

They do hope though that the collaboration will continue through next year.

As I say there still is one race to go, but the leading riders currently who have missed out on the offer are:

WT Stagiaire: Coolens (Beat). He's the joint leader along with Dekker who is obviously heading elsewhere.

ICA Contract: Joeri Stallaert (1991), Victor Broex (2000) or Stijn Siemons (1997). Logic says they would have had to go for Broex.
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