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Israel CYCLING TEAM first in world to return to training, preparing for Tour de France

Getting ready for Tour de France. Photo courtesy of Ronen Topelberg

Israel’s only professional cycling team, Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN), on May 12 began its’ first training camp since the coronavirus outbreak, in preparation for the team’s first e appearance in the Tour de France later this year. The three days of intensive riding in northern Israel makes ISN the first team competing at professional cycling’s highest level, the World Tour, to return to training since the pandemic brought the season to a halt.

The intensive training camp brings together more than 12 riders from ISN’s World Tour roster and its academy development squad. Riding together for the first time in more than two months, the team will conduct sprints and climbing drills. The training camp was organized after Israeli authorities lifted a number of restrictions, making it possible to undertake serious team training, in preparation for a possible resumption of the professional cycling season.

The camp is being conducted under strict rules, adhering to the remaining coronavirus restrictions. No more than 20 participants, including riders, mechanics and coaches are grouped together. Meanwhile, all participants signed a statement declaring a clean bill of health, body temperatures are regularly tested, meals are delivered in boxes and eaten according to strict social distancing, and all non-training activities such as team meetings are held outdoors. Masseurs and other therapists wear masks while treating riders.

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