We are going to the Classics!
After receiving our official wildcards for two of the Belgian (semi) classic races - and expecting more to come - we have just issued this press release that we are happy to share with you: Israel Cycling Academy Team earns Wild-Card invitation for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dwars door VlaanderenTeam to race opening World-Tour Cobbled Classics of 2017 Tel Aviv February 10, 2017 Israel Cycling Academy will continue the first part of its first season as a Pro-Continental team by racing two of the Belgian cobbled classics:
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on February 25th and Dwaars Door Vlaanderen on March 22. DzWe see this as a great demonstration of trust, and we don’t take that for granted" said Team manager Ran Margaliot. "These races are simply brutal. We are jumping into some very deep water here, and we know that it is going to be a bit like David and Goliath- Racing against the likes of Boonen and Sagan in some of the world’s most prestigious classics. But that doesn’t scare us. We have a very talented team who can pull out some amazing things with our will, a bit of luck, and some Israeli Chutzpah. That’s what our project is all about.dzOmloop will mark another milestone for the young and feisty team, which showed it’s racing style last week at the Vuelta Comunitat de Valencia with a 2x top 10 results and 2 men in the breakaway at the 3rd stage of the race. it will be the first ever World-Tour race the team will participate at.
While the team is in it’s fledgling stage at the Pro-Continental level, the focus for this season are the cobbled classics. DzWe are well aware that it is a long-shot, but we believe that it is in races such as Flanders and Roubaix that we can really leave our mark, and we hope to get an invitation for them as welldz Said Margaliot.