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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #360 on: April 16, 2018, 19:22 »

Israel cycling Academy has chosen its Canadian rider Guillaume Boivin as it’s 4th rider to secure a place in the ICA lineup to the historic Giro d'Italia.

At the same time, the team professional staff has decided to narrow its list of candidates to the Giro . Israeli champion Roy Goldstein and Dutch Dennis van Winden will no longer be considered .

Team manager Kjell Carlström: “ We decided to secure G’s place in the Giro since he proved once and again his dedication to the team and his willing to put the team good before his own ambitions. He is an experienced and strong rider that we need in the critical and decisive moments in Giro stages. I really wanted to Let him know he is IN so he can relax his mind and prepare to the challenge”.

As for the painful decision regarding Goldstein and Van Winden he said: “ Dennis was injured in his last race and needed multiple stitches. Unfortunately the injury will prevent him to prepare for the Giro. Roy is a rider who made a significant progress but we feel he is not yet ready to the demands of 21 Days grand tour. He will race and further develop , reaching this level in the future”.

The writing was on the wall for Goldstein when he DNF-ed on Sunday before they reached the halfway point of the race.

That leaves 9 riders fighting for 4 spots. Sagiv must be a gimme over Niv, so realistically 7 fighting over 3.


Some combination of the first four (or five) in that list seems likely. They are experimenting with the sprints in Croatia, so that might help (or hinder) their final choices.
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