Carl Fredrik Hagen to join Chris Froome at Israel Start-Up Nation

Lotto Soudal's Carl Fredrik Hagen is set to join Israel Start-Up Nation for 2021
Lotto Soudal's Carl Fredrik Hagen is set to join Israel Start-Up Nation for 2021 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Israel Start-Up Nation's process of building a Tour de France winning team around Chris Froome continues, announcing the signing of Carl Fredrik Hagen, their first new recruit since the Briton's move was announced last month. The 28-year-old Norwegian will swap his Lotto Soudal home and join the Israeli outfit at the beginning of the 2021 season. 

As reported by TV2 (opens in new tab), the signing of Hagen is set to be announced at the opening of cycling's transfer window on the 1st of August. 

A relative latecomer to the WorldTour, Hagen joined Lotto Soudal, aged 27, at the start of the 2019 season after a number of impressive performances that included victory on the queen stage of the 2017 Tour Alsace and the overall at the 2018 Tour du Jura.

He quickly confirmed his potential with 3rd on a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné before a late-season flourish in which he took 8th on GC at the Vuelta a España and 7th at the Gree-Tour of Guangxi. By virtue of his La Vuelta success, Hagen is set to lead Lotto Soudal's GC hopes at the Giro D'Italia, set to start on the 3rd October. 

The news comes as Israel Start-Up Nation begin to build a team around seven-time Grand Tour winner, Froome. Rumoured to be looking at Daryl Impey, the Israeli outfit has also extended contracts with James Piccoli, Matthias Brändle, Rick Zabel and Alex Cataford. 

Hagen will undoubtedly become an important piece in Froome's 2021 Tour de France puzzle. A versatile all-rounder, it will be Hagen's consistency and prowess in the mountains that could prove invaluable to Froome and Israel Start-Up Nation as the Briton looks for his fifth yellow jersey. 

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Josh Croxton
Tech Editor

As the Tech Editor here at Cyclingnews, Josh leads on content relating to all-things tech, including bikes, kit and components in order to cover product launches and curate our world-class buying guides, reviews and deals. Alongside this, his love for WorldTour racing and eagle eyes mean he's often breaking tech stories from the pro peloton too. 

On the bike, 30-year-old Josh has been riding and racing since his early teens. He started out racing cross country when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s and has never looked back. He's always training for the next big event and is keen to get his hands on the newest tech to help. He enjoys a good long ride on road or gravel, but he's most alive when he's elbow-to-elbow in a local criterium.