Israel–Premier Tech

Israel–Premier Tech (UCI team code: IPT) is a UCI World Tour team founded in 2014 by Ron Baron and Ran Margaliot and based in Israel.

Israel–Premier Tech
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Team information
Founded2015 (2015)
StatusUCI Continental (2015–2016)
UCI Professional Continental (2017–2019)
UCI World Tour (2020- )
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
Team manager(s)Kjell Carlström
Nicki Sørensen
Team name history
2015–2016 Cycling Academy Team
2017–2019 Israel Cycling Academy
2020–2021 Israel Start-Up Nation
2022– Israel–Premier Tech
Current season


Israel Cycling Academy (2014–2019)Edit

In November 2014, Ron Baron and Ran Margaliot launched the Israel Cycling Academy (ICA), with the aim of providing an opportunity for young and talented cyclists to compete in the international arena and launch their professional careers. This team was intended to provide inspiration, hope and faith to future generations of Israelis.[1] The team's first victory came in the fourth stage of the 2015 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, won by Daniel Turek.[2] On 2 July 2015, the Israeli Road Racing Champion Guy Sagiv joined the ranks of ICA.[3]

In 2018, the team participated in a cycling monument event for the first time – 2018 Milan-San Remo, and in a grand tour for the first time – the 2018 Giro d'Italia. The Giro d’Italia opening stage took place in Jerusalem on 4 May 2018 – the first time in the Giro's 101 years of existence that it has started outside Europe. The Giro held its second and third stages in Israel before it continued onto European soil. The three stages raced in Israel attracted considerable interest from the Israeli public, with many thousands of Israelis lining up along the route and supporting the riders and especially the ICA home team. It was considered a significant success. ICA co-owner Sylvan Adams was the driving force behind the Giro's "Big Start" in Israel, having financed a significant part of the race budget. ICA's best performance in the Giro was recorded in the 18th stage, when its Spanish rider Ruben Plaza finished in second place. Three days later when the team completed the Giro in Rome, Guy Sagiv became the first-ever Israeli cyclist to finish a grand tour.[citation needed]

In 2019, in its fifth season of existence, ICA enlarged its team roster to 30 riders and set up a racing program that has exceeded 250 racing days all around the globe. The team was invited to take part in the Giro d’Italia In May 2019 and will make its first appearance in the Tour of California. The team owners, Ron Baron and Sylvan Adams, have set the team's goal as participation in the world's biggest races including the Tour de France, in order to continue inspiring and developing a new generation of Israeli cyclists. In January 2019 the team opened three cycling special youth programs in Israel and formed a youth cycling team in the Arab village of Shfaram. To further develop young Israeli cyclists, ICA operates a development team with a select group of under-23 riders. They have also established a special partnership with one of the leading French amateur teams – Côte d’Armor – which enables its young development team riders to race in France and gain valuable experience overseas.[citation needed]

Israel Start-Up Nation (2020–2021)Edit

In October 2019, Israel Cycling Academy completed the takeover of UCI World Tour team Katusha-Alpecin, including its UCI WorldTour license. As a result, Israel Cycling Academy was due to become a UCI World Tour team, pending UCI approval.[4] The UCI approved the team's promotion to World Tour status in December of that year, and the team subsequently changed its name to Israel Start-Up Nation, while the former name became the name of the team's continental level development squad.[5] In July 2020, it was announced that seven-time Grand Tour winner Chris Froome would join the team for the 2021 season.[6]

In August and September 2020, Israel Start-Up Nation took part in the 2020 Tour de France.[7] On 11 October 2020, the team won a Grand Tour stage for the first time when British rider Alex Dowsett won Stage 8 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia.[8] They won another Grand Tour stage 11 days later when Irish rider Dan Martin won Stage 3 of the 2020 Vuelta a España, a result that also took him up from third to second in the General classification; he eventually finished fourth in that classification.[9][10] On 4 December 2020, the team announced Cherie Pridham as a new sports director, the first woman to assume the role on a men's World Tour team.[11][12]

In the 2021 Giro d'Italia in May, Italian rider Alessandro De Marchi briefly wore the maglia rosa as leader of the general classification after Stages 4 and 5, while Dan Martin won Stage 17 and finished tenth overall, and Davide Cimolai finished second in the Points classification. The team itself finished as one of three teams with no penalty points in the Fair Play classification. However, tie-breakers[13] meant that it finished third in the classification, as Dan Martin's tenth-place finish in the general classification was bettered by Tobias Foss finishing ninth for Team Jumbo–Visma and by Damiano Caruso finishing second for Team Bahrain Victorious.[citation needed]

Israel–Premier Tech (since 2022)Edit

Ahead of the 2022 season, the team announced that Canadian tech company Premier Tech would join as a co-title sponsor.[14]

Team rosterEdit

As of 9 January 2022.[15][16][17]
Rider Date of birth
  Rudy Barbier (FRA) (1992-12-18) 18 December 1992 (age 29)
  Sebastian Berwick (AUS) (1999-12-15) 15 December 1999 (age 22)
  Patrick Bevin (NZL) (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 31)
  Jenthe Biermans (BEL) (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 (age 26)
  Guillaume Boivin (CAN) (1989-05-25) 25 May 1989 (age 32)
  Matthias Brändle (AUT) (1989-12-07) 7 December 1989 (age 32)
  Alexander Cataford (CAN) (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 28)
  Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) (1986-05-19) 19 May 1986 (age 36)
  Alex Dowsett (GBR) (1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 33)
  Itamar Einhorn (ISR) (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 24)
  Chris Froome (GBR) (1985-05-20) 20 May 1985 (age 37)
  Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) (1985-03-22) 22 March 1985 (age 37)
  Omer Goldstein (ISR) (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 25)
  Carl Fredrik Hagen (NOR) (1991-09-26) 26 September 1991 (age 30)
  Ben Hermans (BEL) (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 35)
Rider Date of birth
  Reto Hollenstein (SUI) (1985-08-22) 22 August 1985 (age 36)
  Hugo Houle (CAN) (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 31)
  Daryl Impey (RSA) (1984-12-06) 6 December 1984 (age 37)
  Taj Jones (AUS) (2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 21)
  Krists Neilands (LAT) (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 27)
  Guy Niv (ISR) (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 28)
  Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) (1989-01-30) 30 January 1989 (age 33)
  James Piccoli (CAN) (1991-09-05) 5 September 1991 (age 30)
  Guy Sagiv (ISR) (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 27)
  Corbin Strong (NZL) (2000-04-30) 30 April 2000 (age 22)
  Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 32)
  Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) (1988-07-28) 28 July 1988 (age 33)
  Michael Woods (CAN) (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 35)
  Mads Würtz Schmidt (DEN) (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 28)
  Rick Zabel (GER) (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 28)

Major winsEdit

National championsEdit

  Israel Time Trial, Yoav Bear[18]
  Israel Road Race, Guy Sagiv[19]
  Namibia Road Race, Dan Craven[20]
  Israel Time Trial, Aviv Yechezkel
  Israel Road Race, Guy Sagiv
  Mexico Road Race, Luis Lemus
  Estonia Road Race, Mihkel Raim
  Israel Time Trial, Guy Sagiv
  Israel Road Race, Roy Goldstein
  Latvian Road Race, Krists Neilands
  Israel Time Trial, Omer Goldstein
  Israel Road Race, Roy Goldstein
  Latvian Road Race, Krists Neilands
  Estonia Road Race, Mihkel Raim
  Austria Time Trial, Matthias Brändle
  Israel Time Trial, Guy Niv
  Latvian Time Trial, Krists Neilands
  Israel Road Race, Guy Sagiv
  Estonia Road Race, Norman Vahtra
  Austria Time Trial, Matthias Brändle
  Israel Time Trial, Guy Sagiv
  Israel Road Race, Omer Goldstein
  Israel Time Trial, Omer Goldstein
  Austria Time Trial, Matthias Brändle
  Denmark Road Race, Mads Würtz Schmidt
  Canada Road Race, Guillaume Boivin

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Gallery: Sagan helps launch first Israeli pro team". 26 November 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Tour d'Azerbaïdjan 2015 – Stage 4". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Twitter: Cycling Academy adds Guy Sagiv". 2 July 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Israel Cycling Academy complete Katusha-Alpecin takeover". 2 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Israel Cycling Academy becomes Israel Start-Up Nation". 11 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Israel Start-Up Nation confirms Chris Froome signing". 9 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Official classifications of Tour de France 2020". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  8. ^ AFP and TOI STAFF (11 October 2020). "Israel cycling team wins first-ever Grand Tour stage in Italy". Times of Israel. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Dan Martin wins Stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana". RTE. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Official classifications of Vuelta a España 2020". Vuelta a España. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Israel Start-Up Nation appoints Cherie Pridham, first female Sports Director on WorldTour". 4 December 2020.
  12. ^ @TeamIsraelSUN (4 December 2020). "Breaking Barriers: Cherie Pridham..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Regulations". Giro d'Italia. 2014. pp. 19–20. Retrieved 31 March 2021. C - «MULTIPOWER» FAIR PLAY PRIZE ... In the event of a tie, the separation for the placing is the ranking in the general classification of the team's best rider.
  14. ^ Benson, Daniel (6 January 2022). "Israel Start-Up Nation and Premier Tech join forces". CyclingNews. Future plc. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  15. ^ "Israel Start-Up Nation". UCI. Archived from the original on 20 January 2022. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  16. ^ "Israel–Premier Tech Pro Cycling Team". Israel–Premier Tech. Archived from the original on 12 March 2022. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  17. ^ Weislo, Laura (17 December 2021). "2022 Team Preview: Israel Start-Up Nation". CyclingNews. Future plc. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  18. ^ "National Championships Israel – ITT". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  19. ^ "National Championships Israel – Road Race". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  20. ^ "National Championships Namibia – Road Race". Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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