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‘Giromania’ hits Israel as ‘Big Start’ unfolds

Public and race organisers hail historic opening two days

TEL AVIV, 5 MAY 2018 – The Israeli public, plus race organisers have welcomed the success of the opening two days of the Giro d’Italia’s ‘Big Start’ in Israel. The first day on Friday saw a 9.7km Individual Time Trial in Jerusalem, while on the second day the 176 competitors covered 167km from Haifa to Tel Aviv.

Honorary President of ‘Big Start’ Israel Sylvan Adams said it went “flawlessly,” adding “I was filled with pride as I saw my countrymen, women and children line the streets to cheer for the racers, especially those from the home team, Israel Cycling Academy. The TV images of magnificent Israel were breathtaking. The Italian organizers, RCS, were simply in awe of how well it went, including the enormously positive media coverage around the world.”

Stage 1

Many thousands of Israelis lined the ancient streets of Jerusalem on Friday as the riders set off individually near the iconic Jaffa Gate, passing landmarks including the Knesset (parliament) and Supreme Court. The biggest cheers were reserved for local riders Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv, who made history as the first Israelis to compete in a Grand Tour, on behalf of Israel Cycling Academy.

Sagiv commented, “I felt the ground tremble when I started… It was an experience I’ve never had before. I started and all the crowd was cheering for me along the whole course.”

Niv added, “Any time I had pain or fatigue in my legs, I just looked to the sides and felt the crowd pushing for me and cheering for me and suddenly I could push harder. It was an amazing experience.”

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The crowd was treated to an exciting spectacle, with current Giro holder, Dutch star Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb, taking the first stage with the final ride of the day. His time of 12:02 was two seconds faster than Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing.

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Sylvan Adams and Tom Demoulin

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It’s a historic moment and a great honor,” declare team owners. “We earned this selection.”

The team sets its goal to win a stage at the Giro

Israeli champion Roy Goldstein: “For an Israeli rider, it’s a chance to make history and to be the first ever to race in a Grand Tour…[and] to scream: we are on the map!”

General manager Ran Margaliot: “No free gifts to make the roster, including the Israelis.”

Tel Aviv. January 20th, 2018

Calling it “a historic moment for Israeli sports and a great honor,” Israel’s first ever professional team, Israel Cycling Academy, has proudly accepted an invitation to participate in the Giro d’Italia, one of the world’s most significant sporting events, scheduled to begin in Jerusalem on May 4th.

“Israel Cycling Academy earned this selection with our excellent team, including seasoned riders who have secured victories in two of the three Grand Tours,” stated the team’s co-owner Sylvan Adams, who is also the Honorary President of the Giro’s “Big Start” in Israel. “We now expect to add a stage win in this year’s Giro and to place a team leader high on the GC [General Classification of overall leaders]. These are our goals in this year’s Giro and we wish to thank the race organizer RCS for this opportunity.”

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