Politt: I think Israel Start-Up Nation can be great in the Classics

Nils Politt, Andre Greipel, Rick Zabel (Israel Start-Up Nation)
Nils Politt (centre) with Israel Start-Up Nation teammates Andrè Greipel and Rick Zabel (Image credit: Noa Arnon/Israel Start-Up Nation)

Nils Politt had a season to remember in 2019, for both the right and wrong reasons. A memorable second place in Paris-Roubaix was a high point for the 25-year-old, while months later his team Katusha-Alpecin disintegrated after 11 years.

Luckily for Politt, and six of his teammates, Israel Cycling Academy stepped in to take over the squad and their WorldTour berth. The team, now known as Israel Start-Up Nation, convened for a training camp in Tel-Aviv earlier this month, where Cyclingnews spoke to Politt about a mixed 2019, his new team and his hopes for the future.

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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