Israel Cycling Academy complete Katusha-Alpecin takeover

Krists Neilands
Israel Cycling Academy's Krists Neilands wins the 2019 Grand Prix de Wallonie (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Israel Cycling Academy have completed their takeover of the Katusha-Alpecin team and are now awaiting confirmation from the UCI that they have secured a place in the 2020 WorldTour.

The Israeli team bought out the existing Katusha management company, and so rider contracts for 2020 will be valid and the new-look team can secure one of the 20 places in the next three-year phase of the UCI WorldTour. 

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.