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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #270 on: July 31, 2017, 14:08 »

Next year Carlström will be  head sports manager, and then he wants to have a Norwegian rider on board.

"You may not have avoided noticing August Jensen during Tour des Fjords?

"He did his stuff very well, that's for sure. There are several good riders in Norway, and he is one of the strongest. But that's what the rider wants for the coming season. We are in talks with several Norwegians. It would be very good to get one of them to our team, he admits.

Anybody but Nordhaug.

Carlström confirms that the commitment is working to upgrade significantly ahead of next year's season.

"This year we had 16 riders. Next year we hope to be somewhere between 20 and 23. It's a bit challenging to run a dual program with only 16 men, he points out.

"Last year, did you have riders from 12 different nations, and next year there will be even more?

Yes, we have a policy that we should be international. The purpose of starting the team was to produce more Israeli talents, and we will have 3-4 domestic riders also next year. But beyond that, we want to be a bit like Israel. A kind of melting pot with different people from many nations.

"It's also a bit of a hunch on what riders we get. It will decide whether we are turning to stage games in the World Tour or Classics. Our goal is to grow a little year by year, in this respect we are in a very interesting period, "concludes Carlström.

If a Giro invite is forthcoming, serious reinforcements will be needed. The team has recently started following people like Hermans, Avila, Carpenter and McLay on Twitter....
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