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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #240 on: April 01, 2017, 09:14 »
They also have some of the races that the devo squad will be participating in:

Circuit des Ardennes
Carpathian Couriers
Flèche de Sud
Paris-Roubaix Espoirs
Shalosh Kalot
Coppa della Pace / Trofeo F.lli Anelli
Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
Valle d'Aosta
Olympia's Tour

Some goodies in there and probably plenty of ouchies too.

Only three of these remain now on the calendar, so let's just say it's a fluid situation. The Ardennes is one of them and that's in a week's time. Should be fun/chastening.

They rode a kermesse in Meer the other day as part of their preperation. Goldstein was in the winning break and took sixth and Einhorn placed well in the sprint from the peloton.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #241 on: April 01, 2017, 10:38 »
    https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/847898160353726466

    There was a bit of a give away from Sagiv's national champs kit when Fus posted it.


    It's on the regular team kit as well, you know. :P
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #242 on: April 01, 2017, 11:28 »
    It's on the regular team kit as well, you know. :P

    No I didn't, but then they haven't been that visible so far this year on our screens ....  :D
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #243 on: April 07, 2017, 09:37 »


    https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/912239282212964

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    This is a new chapter in ICA young life and its equally exciting as it a big question mark.

    This is what you get when you send 6 young Israeli riders, 2 of them spent most their life riding Mountain bikes - To the boxing ring of sorts: Circuit des Ardennes International. An Elite UCI race which none of them (but one) has ever got even close.

    They are our Development team. Only 5 months in existence and now meeting the greatest of their first UCI challenge ever : A 4 stages race on the Ardennes with two 180 km stages, a monstrous climbing 2nd day and a double stage for dessert.

    "It will certainly be interesting to see how they adept to a race like that, facing big teams, Pro peloton, High speed and great distances. We certainly did not make it easy on them" admitted their manager Aviad Izrael. " But I believe in them. I really do".

    " We need to know how they preform in this kind of level. There is no escaping that" explained our " Big boys" pro conti team Oscar Guerrero who will be the DS during the race.

    The Guys? They seem to believe. " We are not coming here just to survive" said Yam Poliak ( 22).

    We shall see.

    The Squad:

    Guy Niv
    Ido Bear
    Omer Goldstein
    Guy Sessler
    Itamar Einhorn
    Yam Poliak

    Einhorn for the sprints and Goldstein for the GC, but apart from Omer, survival should just be the target for the upcoming days.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #244 on: April 07, 2017, 15:55 »
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #245 on: April 07, 2017, 20:30 »
    https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/850365730340167681

    Not a lot of luck for sure, but at least for one day they are ahead of Axeon in the team competition. :P

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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #247 on: April 14, 2017, 19:25 »
    Despite the initial bad luck I felt the Circuit des Ardennes was a decent start for the Devo team.

    Guy Niv (their best finisher) gave a little write up about what went on for him during the race, but be warned as Hebrew can be added to Estonian as languages that google translate struggles on.

    Going by what he wrote the legs were good, but he was struggling on positioning within the peloton and not being aggressive enough to battle for it. That's fine though as that should come with experience.

    The team in general did show their greenness, and I'm not talking about their kits, on a couple of occasions. Bear spent 50km fruitlessly trying to bridge to a break and then getting spat out the back of the peloton when they caught him. The team also mentioned Bear and Sessler slowing down to try and help Einhorn (their sprinter) get back into the peloton on a climb and thus all three getting dropped, that doesn't sound too bad per se, but it left Niv isolated.

    The next race pencilled in on the calendar is the Coppa della Pace in June, but at the end of his report he says "I now await the two tournaments the German round are" - so Eschborn-Frankfurt and Berlin?
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #248 on: April 17, 2017, 15:44 »
    The next race pencilled in on the calendar is the Coppa della Pace in June, but at the end of his report he says "I now await the two tournaments the German round are" - so Eschborn-Frankfurt and Berlin?
    Frankfurt maybe, Berlin has been cancelled.[1]
     1. due to the organisers forgetting that Berlin will host the Kirchentag the same weekend, 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of visitors :fp
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #249 on: April 20, 2017, 15:40 »
    https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/853993984695447553

    Raim broke his derailleur in the sprint for third at Tro Bro Leon. Could have easily bettered last year's result.

    https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/vb.515137875256442/921548967948662/

    Kjell gives his rundown of the season so far. "It's not been that great" is the condensed version.  It was last year at this point that their season started to produce results so fingers crossed.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #251 on: May 03, 2017, 15:18 »
    It was last year at this point that their season started to produce results so fingers crossed.

    The trend continues. Encouraging performances and today a result!

    After Tro Bro Leon it was off to Croatia where Mr Turek did his thing and was in the break three (?) days in a row. He couldn't manage it on the final day though....

    https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/856134420306243584

    Diaz snuck into the top twenty on GC in Croatia and then followed that up with a much improved performance in Asturias where he was 11th on the queen stage in awful weather. Unfortunately he managed to ship 24 seconds on stage one and 27 on stage three which cost him an even better GC result (8th if we take away that time). Both stages ended with short sharp climbs topping out with ~10km to go, so whether he prefers longer climbs or he wasn't in a great position going into the ascent or not having teammates to help, it's something for him and the team to work on.

    Here's a video on Jose. He certainly has a bit of the Jimmy Hills about him if you know what I mean.

    https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/932401126863446/

    The race he wants to ride is the Giro and he prefers Valverde to Contador.

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    One sad bit of news is no Baby Giro invite for the Devo team.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #252 on: May 08, 2017, 09:01 »


    Another day, another victory! This time for a different Baltic state. Krists attacked solo with 20km to go on the hilly circuit around Baku and wasn't seen again.

    Azerbaidjan (along with Tro Bro Leon) seems to be race that brings out the best in the team. It was here in 2015 that Turek got the team their first ever victory and this week has produced two wins, a second, a third and a top-ten in the GC. This is against a much weaker field than they have been facing for much of the year, but who cares, it's weeks like this which should boost confidence and could lead to better performances in these other races.

    Speaking of weakened fields, GP Lugano nearly produced a bigger result. Turek was attacking and attacking, but just failed to grab a podium while Diaz continued his improvements with a top-ten.

    Next up Castilla y Leon and the Tour des Fjords.
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