De­vel­op­ment the name of game for Is­raeli team

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY STAN ROSE BY DANNY CARO

CY­CLING FOL­LOW­ING the prac­tice of many of the world’s lead­ing pro­fes­sional teams, Is­rael’s Cy­cling Academy has launched a new de­vel­op­ment team.

An­nounced in Tel Aviv, the team, con­sist­ing of eight Is­raeli rid­ers, will serve as a feeder to the se­nior Pro-Con­ti­nen­tal Academy Team and has been named Cy­cling De­vel­op­ment Team.

In what can be seen as the most sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in its fu­ture, Is­rael’s newly founded UCI Pro-Con­ti­nen­tal team Cy­cling Academy (CAT) started rac­ing early this year.

The first-ever Is­raeli Pro­fes­sional Cy­cling team has re­cruited the best un­der-23 Is­raeli rid­ers for its de­vel­op­ment team fol­low­ing an in­ten­sive se­lec­tion process which in­cluded a se­ries of test­ing ses­sions, with the eight fi­nal rid­ers mak­ing the cut.

“This is an in­vest­ment, not only in our fu­ture, but in the fu­ture of Is­raeli cy­cling,” said man­ager Ran Mar­galiot.

“We took not only road cy­clists, but also sev­eral great moun­tain bik­ers. We see our­selves re­spon­si­ble to sup­port and guide those young Is­raeli tal­ents.

“We want to give them the op­por­tu­nity to make it to the high­est lev­els of the pro cy­cling world.”

Team man­age­ment has also re­cruited lo­gis­tics and pro­fes­sional staff to sup­port the new team, with Is­rael’s na­tional MTB team man­ager, Aviad Izrael, as the new boss.

Sports direc­tor Os­car Guer­rero, who is also work­ing with the se­nior Pro-Con­ti­nen­tal team, will direct the young team on the road.

The aim is to com­pete at some of the world’s great­est U23 UCI races, in­clud­ing Paris-Roubaix U23, Giro del Valle d’Aosta and the U23 Giro d’Italia. The Pro-Con­ti­nen­tal “mother team” in­tends to take the best two or three rid­ers from its feeder team as Sta­giaires later this year.

The Pro-Con­ti­nen­tal team has al­ready signed three Is­raeli rid­ers and has now taken a ma­jor step to guar­an­tee it will be able to draw more Is­raeli rid­ers to the se­nior squad in the fu­ture.

FOOT­BALL SAM Rank in­sists Red­bridge Jewish Care B are on the verge of some­thing spe­cial af­ter they com­pleted a quick­fire dou­ble over Scrabble FC, end­ing their au­to­matic pro­mo­tion hopes in the process.

Goals from Dan An­drews, Dean Ben Yosef, Brad Gayer, An­thony Cope and Jack Van Gelder mean they will be crowned cham­pi­ons if they win at Di­vi­sion One ti­tle ri­vals Lions B on Sun­day.

“The boys were bril­liant,” said RJC boss Rank. “It was a fan­tas­tic squad per­for­mance. To­day was the sec­ond of three cup fi­nals and the boys passed the test with fly­ing colours.

“They have come on in leaps and bounds this sea­son and have bought into my foot­ball phi­los­o­phy, knowl­edge and love for the game, and it is amaz­ing to be around.”

A soli­tary strike from Sam Lewis ended ti­tle hopes as they were edged out by Lions A in the Premier Di­vi­sion.

Hen­don boss, David Gar­bacz, com­mented: “I sound like a bro­ken record, but once again our in­jury sit­u­a­tion killed us. Not only did we have no subs but two of our 11 starters could barely move, and we found our­selves pretty much go­ing through the mo­tions with only nine men.”

Cam­den Park con­demned Wood­ford Wan­der­ers to a bot­tom-two fin­ish af­ter play­ing out a 2-2 draw.

Mike Kha­latschi and Kane Gil­bery were the marks­men for Cam­den, while Adam Shafron and Dar­ryl Green ac­counted for Wood­ford’s goals.

Cam­den’s Stir­ling Kay re­marked: “This was our worst per­for­mance so far. Hav­ing said that, we had plenty of great chances through­out the game and should’ve won by a mile.”

Matt Leader, Ja­cob Gold, Jake Gil­bert and Will Ufland reg­is­tered as North Lon­don Raiders B re­turned to the top four fol­low­ing a re­sound­ing 4-1 tri­umph over Ath­letic Bil­baum.

Ja­cob Brun­ner won and con­verted a penalty for the Baums.

NLR boss Jonathan Adel­man said: “It cer­tainly wasn’t one for the purest. The pitch was aw­ful, bob­bly and with div­ots more akin to a driv­ing range.”

Lee Fe­gan kept a fifth con­sec­u­tive clean sheet as Tem­ple For­tune’s pro­mo­tion

FOOT­BALL JON Ja­cobs cranked up the mind games ahead of Red­bridge Jewish Care A’s Cyril Anek­stein Cup show­down against Mac­cabi Lon­don Lions – claim­ing they will use their “Satur­day boys” to beat them.

The east Lon­don­ers lifted the League Cup in 2011 and they booked a re­turn trip to Win­gate & Finch­ley fol­low­ing a con­vinc­ing semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Finch­ley City.

Daniel Garfin­kle, Ben Sol­losi (2) and Rus­sell Goldstein (2) com­pleted the 5-0 rout.

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