Piccoli steps up from US success to WorldTour racing with Israel Start-Up Nation

James Piccoli on stage with the Israel Start-Up Nation team
James Piccoli on stage with the Israel Start-Up Nation team (Image credit: Israel Start-Up Nation)

After a breakthrough 2019 season with Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, James Piccoli is realising his dream and stepping up to cycling's big time with Israel Start-Up Nation. The Canadian met up with his new teammates for the first time at the team's pre-season camp in Israel last week and savoured a "special" atmosphere at the WorldTour's newest team.

Speaking to Cyclingnews at a reception hosted by team co-owner Ron Baron in Tel-Aviv, the Canadian reveled in the new experience, saying that the squad is coming together quickly during their first meet-up.

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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