2021 Team Preview: Israel Start-Up Nation

CanadianIsraeli billionaire Sylvan Adams CR introduces the new Startup Nation team for the Tour de France on December 11 2019 in Tel Aviv Israel launched its first Tour de France team the latest sporting initiative funded by the CanadianIsraeli billionaire who sees it as a potential bridge to the Arab world The team called Israel StartUp Nation will be the first from the Jewish state to compete in cyclings premier competition The team will take the Tour de France slot of Swiss team KatushaAlpecin which has been taken over by the Israel Cycling Academy ICA Photo by JACK GUEZ AFP Photo by JACK GUEZAFP via Getty Images
Israel Start-Up Nation at the 2020 team presentation in Tel-Aviv (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Last year's WorldTour upstarts Israel Start-Up Nation won two Grand Tour stages thanks to two of their new signings in their first season at the top table and they'll be looking to continue their rise in 2021, with even more big names coming on board.

Dan Martin's fourth place and stage win at the Vuelta a España was the season highlight, while Alex Dowsett soloed to their first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d'Italia and Hugo Hofstetter won Le Samyn. But while they revamped their squad with 16 new riders for 2020, there are further improvements on the way, funded by the big-money owners Ron Baron and Sylvan Adams.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix