Sylvan Adams: We couldn't have dreamt that Chris Froome would be available

Giro D'Italia 2018 - 101th Edition - Israel - 05/05/2018 - 2nd stage Haifa - Tel Aviv 167 km - foto Roberto Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2018
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

It had been a tense Team Sky press conference in the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem, but as Chris Froome got up to leave, he was at least greeted by a friendly face. The 2018 Giro d'Italia was in Israel thanks to the efforts of Israel Cycling Academy's chief backer Sylvan Adams and, as a courtesy, he went to introduce himself to the marquee name.

"I came up and said, 'Hi, I'm Sylvan Adams, I'm the honorary president of this Giro Big Start,' and he said, 'Yeah, I know who you are' and we had a really nice, quiet and intimate conversation," Adams told Cyclingnews on Friday. "I asked him about his impressions of Israel and how he was enjoying it. He was, of course, the consummate gentleman, and he only had complimentary things to say, which were greatly appreciated."

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.