ISRAEL START-UP NATION
By taking over Katusha's WorldTour licence, Israel Start-Up National also acquired the right to enter the Tour de France. 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 the fifth decade of life 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 still manages the outfit, now known as Israel Start-up Nation after a stint as Israel Cycling Academy.
Kevin Lam, another Canadian who is a start-up incubator (Reinvent.com), became the third co-owner. The organisation sees itself 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, it built an Olympic velodrome in Tel Aviv that doubles as the team's headquarters. It has been a cosmopolitan team and raced all over the world from the beginning. Its star signings for the 2020 season were the German sprinter André Greipel, who will be looking to make amends for his flop at Arkéa–Samsic, and the Irish climber Dan Martin. As well as taking over Katusha's WorldTour licence, it bolstered its ranks with German Nils Politt, second in the 2019 Paris–Roubaix, the Spanish climber Dani Navarro and the shock transfer of the season, Chris Froome, who will be joining the team next year and will therefore have to wait until 2021 to race for it in the Tour.
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Overall wins: 0
Stage wins: 0
Secondary classification wins: 0
Yellow jerseys: 0
A FIGURE 16:
the number of nationalities that make up the 30-strong 2020 roster of Israel Start-Up Nation (18 in 2019).
25 November 2014: Peter Sagan goes to Jerusalem to launch the Cycling Academy Team, the first Israel pro cycling outfit, which competed in Continental races for its first season in 2015.
27 May 2018: Guy Sagiv, a member of the team since 2015, becomes the first Israeli to finish a Grand Tour after wrapping up the Giro in 141st place three weeks after the start of the race in Jerusalem.
26 January 2020: Israel Start-Up Nation begins its first WorldTour season in style as Frenchman Rudy Barbier claims the opening stage of the Tour de San Juan in Argentina.
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