Acad­emy snap up top tal­ent

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY STAN ROSE

CY­CLING WITH more sign­ings to come, Is­rael’s Cy­cling Acad­emy is build­ing a very strong team to­wards its World Tour aims.

USA Na­tional Time Trial cham­pion Max Korus, 27, is making aliyah and turn­ing pro­fes­sional for Is­rael’s team. He joins four other cham­pi­ons for the 2016 ros­ter that in­cludes Is­raeli Road win­ner Guy Sa­giv and 2014 cham­pion Guy Gabay.

DanCraven,Namibia’sna­tion­alcham­pion, is a fa­mil­iar fig­ure in the UK, hav­ing won events here for Rapha-Con­dor be­fore mov­ing to Team Europ­car.

“Dan will be by far the old­est rider in a very young ros­ter,” ex­plained Nicki Soren­son, the Acad­emy’s new Head Sports Di­rec­tor. “He will bring to the team his vast ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge.”

Cana­dian na­tional cham­pion Guil­laume Boivin, who is 26 and a for­mer ice-hockey player, joins on a two-year con­tract from Mon­treal.

Mov­ing from Air­gas-Safe­way is twotime Mex­i­can Na­tional Road cham­pion Luis Lem­mus, while 2015 rev­e­la­tion Dan Turek has also earned a new two-year con­tract.

ChrisBut­ler­join­s­theteam­fromAmer­ica bring­ing World Tour ex­pe­ri­ence fol­low­ing two years with BMC Rac­ing.

Es­to­ni­anMikhelRaim,22,moves­from French team Pro Immo Ni­co­las Roux, and join­ing from the Raden­ska Cy­cling Team is Marko Pavlic, 22, from MKari­bor, Slove­nia, with a stage sec­ond-place in the Na­tionas Cup and third in Slove­nian U23 na­tion­als.

Two more riders with ex­tended con­tracts are Wo­j­ciech Mig­dal and “Emek” Pi­askowy, both aged 24 and from Krakow.

Soren­son, 40, was re­cently work­ing as sports di­rec­tor with World Tour team Tinkoff Saxo. He had stage vic­to­ries in the Tour de France and Vuelta Es­pana in his 15-year ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional racer on the cir­cuit.

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