My jour­ney has only just started, says Turek

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY STAN ROSE

CY­CLING DAN Turek has signed a new con­tract with the Is­rael Cy­cling Academy and will race for the team next sea­son.

Turek, 22, had a stand-out year, gain­ing two im­pres­sive vic­to­ries in the Tour D’Azer­bai­jan and Tour de Ber­lin. His ag­gres­sive rac­ing style and suc­cess drew at­ten­tion and in­ter­est from other teams but Turek agreed to stay with Academy to what he calls “the next step, both for my­self and the team”.

He said: “I know that the team will be even stronger next year with more ex­pe­ri­ence and a great rac­ing sched­ule.

“I feel that I want to con­tinue this team’s ex­cit­ing jour­ney and help get bet­ter re­sults and more vic­to­ries.”

Academy’s man­ager Ran Mar­galiot said: “Dan’s achieve­ments last year gave us a hint of his po­ten­tial. He is ca­pa­ble of much more and we are go­ing to give him the tools and the op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop much fur­ther next sea­son.”

The Academy Team marked the end of their first road sea­son with four rid­ers per­form­ing strongly at the Kaza­khstan 186km Tour of Al­maty one-day event.

Turek fin­ished 13th af­ter a bout of cramp which forced him to drop out of the lead­ing pack.

Mar­galiot said: “Theteamwillbe­mov­ing base to Italy next year and I’m look­ing­toad­daBri­tishrider.Bu­tour­mis­sion is to help rid­ers com­ing from coun­tries who lack a tra­di­tion of cy­cling.”

Set up al­most a year ago in a joint ven­ture by Ron Baron and Pe­ter Sa­gan, the Academy team has been mo­ti­vated by the suc­cesses of Sa­gan who won the World Pro­fes­sional Road Race crown in Read­ing, Vir­ginia ear­lier this month.

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