Tel Aviv. April 25, 2018.
De Rosa will be at the start of the # GIRO101 with the Israel Cycling Academy Team, the Professional Israeli team that will participate for the first time in history at the Giro d’Italia and to do has chosen the tradition of Made in Italy bikes. The Giro 101 will be the first “Grand Tour” in history to take off outside Europe, in Jerusalem. The Israel Cycling Academy team today announced the roster that including two Israeli riders at the start in a line up composed of young talents and some elements of experience.
The decision to have two young Israeli riders such as Guy Sagiv (23) and Guy Niv (24) at the start represents an important and historic news in this Big Tour.
Complete the line up the Italian Kristian Sbaragli, the Australian Zak Dempster, the Latvian National Champion Krists Neilands, the Canadian National Champion Guillaume Boivin, the Belgian Ben Hermans, and the Spanish Ruben Plaza.
Plaza, the most titled of the team, fresh winner of the Vuelta in Castilla y Leon during the weekend said: “We have an incredibly motivated team in view of the great departure of Jerusalem. We will write the history of Israel and it will be a great emotion for all of us. I have no doubts, it will be very challenging to fight for the victory of the stage, but I’m excited and honored to be able to try with this team. ”
Guillaume Boivin (28, Canada) is a two-time former Canadian national champion. A versatile sprinter, Guillaume is valuable in both breakaways and the leading out his teammates.
Zak Dempster (30, Australia) is a trusted road captain who can intuitively read a race situation.
Ben Hermans (31, Belgium) brings years of World Tour experience to the squad. He has already achieved a handful of top ten results so far in 2018.
Krists Neilands (23, Latvia) is an all-rounder who excels at climbing. The cycling world took note of Krists at Milano-Sanremo this year when he launched a late attack on the Poggio, to which only Vincenzo Nibali could respond.
Guy Niv (24, Israel) is a climber who also loves pushing the descents.
Ruben Plaza (38, Spain) is an experienced rider with wins in both the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Most recently, he claimed the final stage and overall at the Vuelta a Castilla y León.
Guy Sagiv (23, Israel) is a dedicated teammate and an all-rounder.
Kristian Sbaragli (27, Italy) has a Vuelta a España stage win to his name so the sprinter to aim for another Grand Tour stage win.
Edwin Avila (28, Colombia)
August Jensen (26, Norway)