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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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André Greipel to ride for Israel Cycling Academy in 2020

Here's the team's announcement:

The “GORILLA” is Joining Israel Cycling Academy:

German ANDRÉ GREIPEL to race with ICA at 2020

With 157 victories under his belt - Greipel is ready for the " challenge to perform on the highest level again"!

Andre Greipel

André Greipel at the start of the 2019 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Sirotti photo

Tel Aviv. November 5, 2019: Israel Cycling Academy will be racing next season with one of the most decorated sprinters of the era: German André Greipel.

With 157 pro victories under his belt, including 22 Grand tour wins, Greipel will be expected to bring his vast experience and sprinting engine to the team set to start its first WT season ( upon UCI approval).

The 37 years old rider who earned his nickname the “Gorilla" with his unprecedented ability as a power sprinter, is sufficiently motivated to show that his fuel is far from empty: "I am looking forward for the challenge to perform on my highest level again together with team ICA, a project for the future with lots of motivated and talented riders. I followed the team and saw its fast
evolution in the last few years, and I wanted to be part of that, especially with the chance to go back and race in the World Tour”.

Greipel has signed a contract with ICA for the 2020 season.

ICA Pro manager Kjell Carlstrom welcomed the opportunity to add Greipel to his team's Arsenal for such a challenging 2020 season for his team:

"André Greipel has such a vast Palmares from his years in the sport up to date that we are honoured to have him join the team," said Carlstrom. " We are convinced that he can continue to win with us in 2020, but most importantly, the vast experience he brings to the team in both classics and sprinters races is going to be hugely appreciated both for the other riders as well as management. "

Greipel, Born in Rostock and started his magnificent career 18 years ago, has endured a tough season in 2019 while riding with team Arkea Samsic, but he made it clear that he intends to leave it behind him: “I am not somebody who is looking back. I just want to look to the future and start from there, and I know my abilities and will try my best to get back to that."

André Greipel Career milestones:

• André was born on July 16, 1982, in Rostock
• Stated racing: November 1992
• Professional Rider since 2005
• André is married to Tina Greipel, and they have two daughters

Sporting highlights:
• Tour de France / first stage victory July 12, 2011, stage wins Paris Champs-Élysées 2015 and 2016
• Bronze medal at the Road World Championship 2011
• German Champion 2013, 2014, 2016
• Winner of 157 professional races

Katusha continues involvement with racing & will partner with Israel Cycling Academy

Here's the post from Team Katusha-Alepcin

After 10 years as the main sponsor and manager of a World Tour Cycling Team, Katusha and its cycling apparel brand Katusha Sports will continue its strong involvement in professional cycling by partnering with both a men’s and a women’s team.

Katusha and Israel Cycling Academy (ICA) have concluded an agreement for the next three cycling seasons. ICA will be managing the team which will include a majority of riders and staff currently under contract with Team Katusha Alpecin. Katusha will remain a partner of the new team and as such will continue to provide high-end quality clothing to pro riders as it did for the last three years.

In addition, Katusha will shortly announce an exciting partnership with a professional women's cycling team.

These 2020 partnerships afford Katusha Sports an opportunity to continue developing its range, using the pro teams as a focus for research and development. With the pro team as a research “lab” the goal of Katusha Sports will be to be able to offer the best in cutting edge technology, function and style for both the men’s and women's market.

Alexander Kristoff

Alexander Kristoff wins the 2015 Tour of Flanders. Sirotti photo

In the ten years that Katusha took part in the World Tour, the team achieved many great accomplishments. 26 National champions jerseys, four monuments (2012 and 2013 Il Lombardia  by Joaquim Rodríguez,  2014 Milan–Sanremo and the 2015 Tour of Flanders by Alexander Kristoff) and 28 Grand Tour stages. Over the last two seasons the team suffered many disappointments in terms of results. This coincided with the reduced budget of the team and made it clear that significant changes need to be made in cycling to have a sustainable and successful business model. Igor Makarov, as a member of the UCI Management Committee, will continue working at the highest level of the sport to make sure that significant positive changes are made in the future.

Full details and announcement on the project coming soon.

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