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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #180 on: December 04, 2016, 20:02 »
Talking of things not being too much of a surprise....

Israel Cycling Academy team have signed Jose Manual Diaz Gallego, arguably the best young amateur climber from Spain, as their designated number 1 climber, for its first season as a Pro Continental Team.

We all know how difficult it is to find those riders that can climb a 20 km mountain at the speed that most of us will faint just from THINKING about it.

So we are happy to have this 21 Spaniard join us. Meet Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego. He actually LIVES on a mountain and climbs 7 km just to reach the dinner table. And he is a great talent although inexperienced: He is the winner of the most important amateur single race in Spain - the Valenciaga - and came 2nd in the Spanish cup.

Did we gamble on this guy? We sure did. But we are certain he will prove us right!

I know they don't really have any other climbers other than Lemus now (currently anyway), but the bolded bit does seem very errrrr bold. It's going to be tough to make that transition to races against bigger and better names and the increase in distance.

If he's a long term signing then saying he's #1 just seems like unneeded pressure.

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