Israel Cycling Academy sign James Piccoli

James Piccoli
James Piccoli signed with Israel Cycling Academy (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Israel Cycling Academy have signed their first rider since taking over the Katusha-Alpecin team and moving to the WorldTour, announcing today they've added Canadian James Piccoli for next season.

The 28-year-old Canadian, who rode for Elevate-KHS the past three seasons, captured the team's attention in August at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, where he won the opening prologue time trial and finished second overall at Israel Cycling Academy's Ben Hermans.

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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.