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Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
« Reply #720 on: October 25, 2021, 20:18 »
https://twitter.com/TeamIsraelSUN/status/1452585194578403328

Dowsett's hour record attempt is the other upcoming track event. Obviously as he is using it to raise money for charity, we all no doubt hope he does well, but let's be honest, he isn't at the level of a Wiggins, Dennis or Campenaerts and if he does better than those three it will have a lot to do with the altitude and improved technological gains.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #721 on: October 29, 2021, 18:11 »
    https://twitter.com/velonews/status/1454089434748567560

    Neilands renewed the other day and the four Israelis will bring the total to the stated 30 riders.

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    “We are not under any rush or pressure to fill it, and we may not fill it at all, but if there is a good opportunity for us, we’ll keep the roster spot open.”

    Therefore no place for Vahtra or anyone from the devo squad. I don't think anyone in the devo squad is currently good enough to make the jump anyway, but it would have been a carrot for attracting some better youngsters in the future.

    Difficult to see Benoot/Van Wilder being interested if Jumbo/Deceuninck etc are after them.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #722 on: November 01, 2021, 08:01 »
    https://twitter.com/jauzy19/status/1454967177992445961

    There's one correct educated guess from me. :D

    Not sure I would have given him a guaranteed WT contract. Has he done enough to warrant that in his espoir years?  It hopefully marks though a changing of the transfer dealings of the team going forward. Plenty of contracts are up at the end of 2022 and with another 3 (?) year WT ranking in the bag, the team can afford to plan a bit more long term.

    One pleasing knock-on effect will be an increased chance of invites to the Baby Giro and Aosta for the devo team next year.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #723 on: November 04, 2021, 19:17 »
    https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/3804081606362036

    We now know half of the devo team in 2022. The Israeli half.

    Staying

    Ben Moshe (no longer U23)
    Goldstein
    Davidzon
    Tene
    Kogut

    In

    Raisberg (2001)
    Weinberg (2000 - raced the U23 Worlds)
    Peretz (2003)

    Out

    Abu Fares
    Lahav
    Tsahor

    The article also states that the four Israelis in the main team have extended and will get leadership opportunities from time to time.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #724 on: November 06, 2021, 13:58 »
    https://twitter.com/CanadianCycling/status/1456936334090805248

    Bauer ---------> #israel

    Also mentioned in the article is that Canadian trackie Derek Gee is joining the devo team. I was aware of him several years ago through the Misc American Tour Races threads, but he hasn't done much road racing for a couple of years and as a 97-er we can view the transfer as likely just a helping hand for his Paris ambitions on the track.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #725 on: November 06, 2021, 18:12 »
    As for the juniors tomorrow, Cole Kessler (US JR TT Champion) is following a lot of I-SUN people and equipment providers on Instagram. He's been riding quite a bit over here in Europe this year with the LUX junior team and with some success.

    Done.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CV8Y34xveKr/



    Here's a little interview with him from a couple of months ago.

    https://dailybruin.com/2021/09/18/cole-kessler-to-enter-ucla-with-competitive-european-cycling-resume

    Started MTBing at 13. When covid hit, he switched to road just to keep in condition and hasn't looked back since.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #726 on: November 09, 2021, 18:41 »
    Also mentioned in the article is that Canadian trackie Derek Gee is joining the devo team. I was aware of him several years ago through the Misc American Tour Races threads, but he hasn't done much road racing for a couple of years and as a 97-er we can view the transfer as likely just a helping hand for his Paris ambitions on the track.

    ......or maybe not.

    https://twitter.com/cdncyclist/status/1457909994498760707

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    Derek also spoke about how this impacts his involvement with the track program.

    "I'm definitely taking a bit of a break. It's still an unknown as to how I'm going to be on the road; what kind of rider I am and how far I can make it on the road. I have big aspirations on the road and I'm definitely going to commit fully this year and see where it goes. I'll probably make a decision about the track from there."

    One other piece of news we can glean from the interview is that Plamondon will not be with the devo team in 2022. Czech media were saying that things didn't look good for Boucek either.

    Ergo the foreign half of the devo team will be:

    Gee
    Pickrell
    Kessler
    Hollyman
    Mackellar
    Frigo

    +2

    Alex Bogna might be a possibility if he doesn't win a place at Alpecin via Zwift. If you see his haircut you'll know which country he comes from. Well, one of two countries just thinking about it.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #727 on: November 13, 2021, 17:49 »
    Alex Bogna might be a possibility if he doesn't win a place at Alpecin via Zwift. If you see his haircut you'll know which country he comes from. Well, one of two countries just thinking about it.
    The way you wrote that, I didn't even need to see a photo to know he's Aussie. :D
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #728 on: November 23, 2021, 11:52 »
    https://israelcyclingacademy.com/the-next-generation-ica-2022/

    Here's the full devo team:

    • Jakub Boucek (20, CZE)
    • Lahav Davidzon (21, ISR)
    • Marco Frigo (21, ITA)
    • Derek Gee  (24, CAN)
    • Edo Goldstein (21, ISR)
    • Mason Hollyman (21, GBR)
    • Cole Kessler (18, USA)
    • Oded Kogut (20, ISR)
    • Alastair Mackellar (19, AUS)
    • Aviv Peretz (18, ISR)
    • Riley Pickrell (20, CAN)
    • Nadav Reisberg (20, ISR)
    • Rotem Tene (20, ISR)
    • Roy Weinberg (21, ISR)

    Only 14 riders and not the 16 earlier mentioned. I would have liked to have seen some more northern classic types in the squad, Verbrugghe talked about wanting to participate in more races of that type in 2022.

    Boucek gets renewed despite what Czech media thought.

    Finally no sign of Ben Moshe. Does that mean he's got the 31st spot in the main team? Watch this space.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #729 on: November 23, 2021, 13:08 »
    https://israelcyclingacademy.com/the-next-generation-ica-2022/

    Here's the full devo team:

    ...............

    Only 14 riders and not the 16 earlier mentioned.

    Finally no sign of Ben Moshe. Does that mean he's got the 31st spot in the main team? Watch this space.

    Well they messed that up. A hour or so later here's the full team of 16 riders:

    • Yuval Ben Moshe (22, ISR)
    • Jakub Boucek (20, CZE)
    • Lahav Davidzon (21, ISR)
    • Marco Frigo (21, ITA)
    • Derek Gee  (24, CAN)
    • Edo Goldstein (21, ISR)
    • Mason Hollyman (21, GBR)
    • Cole Kessler (18, USA)
    • Oded Kogut (20, ISR)
    • Alastair Mackellar (19, AUS)
    • Simon Nagy (20, SVK)
    • Aviv Peretz (18, ISR)
    • Riley Pickrell (20, CAN)
    • Nadav Reisberg (20, ISR)
    • Rotem Tene (20, ISR)
    • Roy Weinberg (21, ISR)

    Ben Moshe back in and a new signing in Simon Nagy - recognise the name, couldn't tell you anything about him.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #730 on: November 23, 2021, 15:31 »
    Simon Nagy - recognise the name, couldn't tell you anything about him.

    Well according to his team from this year, he is a purebred sprinter, however that might not be so obvious if you check his First page.

    https://firstcycling.com/rider.php?r=100759

    There are a couple of crit wins and he finished second overall in the Slovak Cup behind Kubis. There's nothing really though that jumps out at you and says "sign me". Maybe he has some good numbers or maybe he's just going to be a domestique.

    Edit - some more info about him and why he needed to get out of Slovakia.

    https://bratislava.zoznam.sk/velky-cyklisticky-prestup-mlady-slovak-bude-spolujazdcom-vitaza-tour-de-france-v-elitnom-svetovom-time/

    He views himself as more of a "classicist".
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #731 on: November 27, 2021, 11:49 »
    https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/we-want-to-see-results-from-him-israel-start-up-nation-expect-chris-froomes-form-to-improve-as-they-target-a-place-among-the-super-teams

    Another interview with Verbrugghe.

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    Verbrugghe admits that it is a hard sell encouraging proven general classification riders to join the team.

    “We want to develop within, and we want to merge the Continental development team with the WorldTour team, but when there is an opportunity [to sign a rider], you have to try and take it,” he said.

    “We were close to signing two young riders for this season who, in my eyes, are probably the future of Grand Tours and very decent stage winners. But one went to Bora-Hansgrohe, and the other went to Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

    Van Wilder and Vlasov (could have been Hindley I guess, but I don't view him as the future of GTs) presumably. It's good that they're at least trying to move in that direction, but as he himself admits it's difficult.

    Hopefully people like Skjelmose and McNulty are already on the radar for next year, or even some bigger names.
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