Israel Start-Up Nation cycling team wins historic first-ever Giro d’Italia stage

October 11, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) cycling team made history today, recording its first-ever stage victory in a Grand Tour race, just five years after the team’s establishment.

Alex Dowsett shares his win   Photo:  Bettini Photos

Alex Dowsett finished first on Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia. The Giro is one of professional cycling’s three prestigious Grand Tour races, alongside the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.

Dowsett was part of a breakaway group of six riders, alongside ISN team-mate Matthias Brändle, during the 200km stage from Giovinazzo to Vieste. Both ISN riders fell back during one of the climbs but returned to rejoin the front of the race. Brändle initially attacked for the lead, before Dowsett took over, opening up a significant gap which he maintained until the finish line in Vieste. It sealed a historic result for Israel Start-Up Nation.

British Individual Time Trial champion Alex Dowsett said after the finish: “Matthias and I never stopped believing. Having two in the break of six was essential… It could easily have been Matthias.

Over the line Photo: Bettini Photos

At the finish line, Dowsett’s emotions took over. He cried tears of joy, as thoughts turned to his pregnant wife expecting their first child. Brändle came across the finish line in fifth position and was the first to congratulate Dowsett.

ISN co-owner Sylvan Adams watched the race on television, particularly and noted the excitement of the commentators as Dowsett rode to victory, even using ISN’s team slogan, ‘Yalla’. He commented: “All the excitement demonstrates that our project has significance beyond sport, it’s showing the true heart of Israel to hundreds of millions of fans around the world. I could not be more proud.”

Co-owner Ron Baron added: When we founded this team only five years ago, we dreamed that we would reach this moment today. We are a team of dreamers who turn our dreams into reality one by one. This historic moment will actualize our biggest goal: to inspire the next generation of young Israelis to take on this beautiful sport.”

ISN Directeur Sportif Nicki Sörensen followed Brändle and Dowsett in the team car, underlined ISN’s strong team spirit, saying “This amazing result is because the team atmosphere has been superb this Giro. I am proud to see them fighting every day for a victory and today was our day. I have goosebumps.”

Israel Start-Up Nation made its first appearance in the Giro d’Italia in 2018 with Israelis Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv participating in the race’s historic ‘Big Start’ in Jerusalem. This year’s Giro is the second Grand Tour in a short period of time for Israel Start-Up Nation, after completing the Tour de France last month.

Photos: Bettini Photos

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