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Israel Start-Up Nation unveil 2021 kit with Chris Froome and Guy Sagiv

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Chris Froome shows off his Israel Start-Up Nation 2021 kit

Chris Froome (Image credit: Israel Start-Up Nation)
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Israel Start-Up Nation 2021 kit

The 2021 Israel Start-Up Nation kit (Image credit: Ronen Tupelberg and BRIAN Veloimages)
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Chris Froome Israel Start-Up Nation

Froome provided a sneak peek on Instagram earlier in the day (Image credit: Ronen Tupelberg and BRIAN Veloimages)
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Israel Start-Up Nation 2021 kit

Froome joined the team after 11 years at Sky/Ineos (Image credit: Ronen Tupelberg and BRIAN Veloimages)
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Israel Start-Up Nation 2021 kit

Guy Sagiv models the new kit (Image credit: Ronen Tupelberg and BRIAN Veloimages)
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Israel Start-Up Nation 2021 kit

Sagiv was the first Israeli to compete at a Grand Tour – the 2018 Giro (Image credit: Ronen Tupelberg and BRIAN Veloimages)

Israel Start-Up Nation have unveiled their kit, showing off a new minimalist look featuring a new dark blue and white colourway. New signing Chris Froome modelled the look along with Israeli rider Guy Sagiv, who became the first Israeli rider to race a Grand Tour at the 2018 Giro d'Italia.

The jersey features the team name – named for their sponsor, a Tel-Aviv based non-profit organisation created to help Israeli start-up companies – in a higher position than usual, leaving the bottom half largely blank, save for a star motif and Cantina Fantini sponsor logo. The kit is once again made by Israeli company Jinga.

Earlier on Saturday, Froome had given a sneak peek of the kit, posting an image of himself in the jersey to Instagram. The four-time Tour de France winner officially joined the squad on January 1, moving on after 11 seasons spent at the Sky/Ineos setup.

Froome simply captioned his Instagram post "New beginnings… Yalla!" a phrase meaning 'Let's go!' often used by the team.

The Briton is among a series of new faces at the WorldTour team for 2021. Climbers Michael Woods, Alessandro De Marchi and Carl Frederik Hagen have also come aboard, along with Classics leader Sep Vanmarcke, road captain Daryl Impey, time trial specialist Patrick Bevin, and two neo-pros in the form of Sebastian Berwick and Taj Jones.

Froome is expected to make his return to the Tour this year, challenging for a record-equalling fifth victory after two years away and following a long road to recovery from his career-threatening crash at the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné.

He's set to meet his new teammates at a training camp in Spain later this month. He was due to make his ISN debut at the Vuelta a San Juan at the end of January, though with the Argentine government set to announce new COVID-19 measures, participation in the race could be restricted to local teams. A decision is expected on Monday.

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Daniel Ostanek

Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.

Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.