Mar­galiot tar­gets Grand-Tour 2018

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY STAN ROSE

CY­CLING RAN Mar­galiot be­lieves the time is right for the Is­rael Cy­cling Academy to step up its level of com­pe­ti­tion.

Speak­ing at the launch of a four-year plan, team man­ager Mar­galiot re­flected on a suc­cess­ful pe­riod and he is con­fi­dent the Academy team can chal­lenge for a Grant-Tour de­but by 2018.

The Academy was orig­i­nally set up as a de­vel­op­ment team for rid­ers from cy­cling un­der-de­vel­oped coun­tries 12 months ago. The squad has set a new com­pet­i­tive tar­get, aim­ing for a higher level of races and achieve­ments.

Vic­to­ries in some of the world’s big­gest races, in­clud­ing stages of the Tour of Azer­bai­jan, Tour of Ber­lin, GP Poland and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Tour of San-Luis, Tour of Croa­tia, US Pro Chal­lenge and oth­ers, were achieved.

“We have had a sig­nif­i­cant and very suc­cess­ful year which ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions” said Mar­galiot who is a former Saxo pro.

“Our rid­ers have shown that they are ready to com­pete at an even higher level of rac­ing, which is where we are aim­ing at now. Our goal is there­fore to grow the team­to­ward­samove­tothe­se­nior­ranks in the com­ing years.”

Morethan20pro­fes­sion­al­rid­er­s­from around the world, from Tokyo and San Fran­cisco, and from Europe and Africa, have­beens­e­lect­ed­from­some600ap­pli­cants to join the team. They are gath­ered in Lake Garda, Italy to un­dergo ex­am­i­na­tion for team se­lec­tion.

Team founder and cy­cling en­thu­si­ast Ron Baron said: “My am­bi­tion is that this so­cial project in­spires and brings to­gether young tal­ent from Is­rael and from other coun­tries.”

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