Israel Start-Up Nation

Israel Start-Up Nation (UCI team code: ISN) is a UCI World Tour team founded in 2014 by Ron Baron and Ran Margaliot and based in Israel. Prior to 2020 the team was known as Israel Cycling Academy.

Israel Start-Up Nation
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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
Cycling Academy Team
Israel Cycling Academy
Israel Start-Up Nation
Israel Start-Up Nation jersey
Current season


In November 2014, the pair 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 ever victory came in the fourth stage of the 2015 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, which was 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 May 4, 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.

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.

In October 2019, ICA completed the takeover of UCI World Tour team Katusha-Alpecin, including its UCI WorldTour license. As a result, ICA 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 7 time Grand Tour winner Chris Froome would join the team for the 2021 season.[6]

In August and September 2020 they took part in the 2020 Tour de France, finishing 19th out of 22 teams in the Team classification.[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 3rd to 2nd in the General classification, as well as from 3rd to 2nd in the Points classification and from 7th to 2nd in the Mountains classification; he eventually finished 4th in the General classification, 3rd in the Points classification, and 10th in the Mountains classification, while Israel Start-Up Nation finished 18th out of 22 in the Team classification.[9][10]

On December 4, 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, Alessandro De Marchi of Italy briefly wore the maglia rosa as leader of the General Classification after Stages 4 and 5, while Dan Martin won Stage 17 and finished 10th overall, and Davide Cimolai of italy finished 2nd in the Points classification. The team itself finished as one of 3 teams with no penalty points in the Fair Play classification, though tie-breakers[13] meant that it finished third in the classification (because Dan Martin's 10th on General Classification was bettered by Tobias Foss in 9th for Team Jumbo–Visma and by Damiano Caruso in 2nd for Team Bahrain Victorious).

Team rosterEdit

As of 1 January 2021.[14]
Rider Date of birth
  Rudy Barbier (FRA) (1992-12-18) 18 December 1992 (age 28)
  Sebastian Berwick (AUS) (1999-12-15) 15 December 1999 (age 21)
  Patrick Bevin (NZL) (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 30)
  Jenthe Biermans (BEL) (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 (age 25)
  Guillaume Boivin (CAN) (1989-05-25) 25 May 1989 (age 32)
  Matthias Brändle (AUT) (1989-12-07) 7 December 1989 (age 31)
  Alexander Cataford (CAN) (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 27)
  Davide Cimolai (ITA) (1989-08-13) 13 August 1989 (age 31)
  Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) (1986-05-19) 19 May 1986 (age 35)
  Alex Dowsett (GBR) (1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 32)
  Itamar Einhorn (ISR) (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 23)
  Chris Froome (GBR) (1985-05-20) 20 May 1985 (age 36)
  Omer Goldstein (ISR) (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 24)
  André Greipel (GER) (1982-07-16) 16 July 1982 (age 38)
  Carl Fredrik Hagen (NOR) (1991-09-26) 26 September 1991 (age 29)
  Ben Hermans (BEL) (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 35)
Rider Date of birth
  Hugo Hofstetter (FRA) (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 27)
  Reto Hollenstein (SUI) (1985-08-22) 22 August 1985 (age 35)
  Daryl Impey (RSA) (1984-12-06) 6 December 1984 (age 36)
  Dan Martin (IRL) (1986-08-20) 20 August 1986 (age 34)
  Krists Neilands (LAT) (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 26)
  Guy Niv (ISR) (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 27)
  James Piccoli (CAN) (1991-09-05) 5 September 1991 (age 29)
  Alexis Renard (FRA) (1999-06-01) 1 June 1999 (age 22)
  Guy Sagiv (ISR) (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 26)
  Norman Vahtra (EST) (1996-11-23) 23 November 1996 (age 24)
  Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 31)
  Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) (1988-07-28) 28 July 1988 (age 32)
  Michael Woods (CAN) (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 34)
  Mads Würtz Schmidt (DEN) (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 27)
  Rick Zabel (GER) (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 27)

Major winsEdit

National championsEdit

  Israel Time Trial, Yoav Bear[15]
  Israel Road Race, Guy Sagiv[16]
  Namibia Road Race, Dan Craven[17]
  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

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.
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  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. ^ "Israel Start-Up Nation". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  15. ^ "National Championships Israel – ITT". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  16. ^ "National Championships Israel – Road Race". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  17. ^ "National Championships Namibia – Road Race". Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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