When it took over Katusha's WorldTour licence, Israel Start-Up National also acquired the right to enter the Tour de France in 2020. Its first Grand Tour, the 2018 Giro d'Italia, started in Israel thanks to the intercession of one of the team owners, Sylvan Adams. The man from Quebec, who started cycling in his forties and is the son of Marcel Adams, a Romanian Holocaust survivor who emigrated to Canada and made his fortune in real estate, made aliyah (immigration of Jews from the diaspora to Israel) in 2015 and joined the two founders of the Cycling Academy Team, initially sponsored by Peter Sagan: Ron Baron, another billionaire in love with cycling, and Ran Margaliot, who raced for Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank in 2012 and was the first manager of the outfit, known as Israel Start-up Nation after a stint as Israel Cycling Academy.
Kevin Lam, a start-up incubator (Reinvent.com) who also hails from Canada, became the third co-owner alongside Baron and Adams. He sees himself as "an ambassador for Israel and peace on Earth". As well as taking part in the 2018 Giro and setting up a training centre for Israeli cyclists (Guy Niv in 2020 and Omer Goldstein in 2021 became the first Israelis to take part in the Tour de France), the team had an Olympic velodrome built in Tel Aviv that doubles as the team's headquarters.
It has been a melting pot and taken part in races around the globe from its early days, also specialising in recruiting prestigious riders closing in on retirement: German sprinter André Greipel (5th on the Champs-Elysées last year to end his story with the Tour de France), Irish climber Dan Martin (5th in Luz Ardiden before also hanging up his cleats) and especially Chris Froome, who is still seeking to return to the highest level after his horrific crash whilst reconnoitring on the 2019 Dauphiné. Consigned to the gruppetto last year, the four-time winner of the Tour nonetheless met with a warm reception from spectators. Israel-Start Up Nation’s best result on the 2021 Tour was the third place achieved by Michael Woods at Le Grand Bornand. The Canadian also wore the Polka Dot Jersey for a day in the Pyrenees. This squad of thirty-somethings has been joined for 2022, along with sponsor Premier Tech, by 37-year-old Dane Jakob Fuglsang, two-time winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2017 and 2019.
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15: the number of nationalities that make up the 31-strong 2022 roster of Israel Premier Tech.
25 November 2014: Peter Sagan travels to Jerusalem to launch the Cycling Academy Team, the first Israel pro cycling outfit, which competed in Continental races in its first season in 2015 and joined the WorldTour in 2020.
31 August 2020: Frenchman Hugo Hofstetter posts Israel Start-Up Nation's best result in its first Tour de France with fourth place in Sisteron, right behind Caleb Ewan, Sam Bennett and Giacomo Nizzolo and ahead of Peter Sagan in fifth place.
20 September 2020: Guy Niv becomes the first Israeli rider to start (and finish) the Tour de France (139th).
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