The Israel Cycling Academy, currently the home of Hamish Schreurs, will advance into the World Tour having completed the takeover of Katusha-Alpecin.
In 2020, after three years at ProContinental level with former U23 national champion Hamish Schreurs in that format for the entirety of those three years, Israel Cycling Academy will become a World Tour team. It’s been a stellar season for the outfit as to date they hold 27 victories to their name in the 2019 season. Ben Hermans took five victories including the overall at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, while Krists Neilands also took five wins including the recent Tour de Wallonie.
Next year, following a takeover of the Katusha-Alpecin team, the Israel Cycling Academy team will operate under the Katusha license that will be renewed for the next three seasons. What this means for the future of Schreurs in the team – and what it means for the current Katusha-Alpecin riders – remains to be seen. Schreurs’ contract ends this year and it will be interesting to see where the strong man lands in 2020 whether continuing with the Israel Cycling Academy or finding new pastures; as yet nothing is officially confirmed.
Coming into the Israel Cycling Academy is the very accomplished Dan Martin; currently of UAE Team Emirates. The Irishman was 8th in Criterium du Dauphiné this year and second in Itzulia Basque Country and is a former winner of Il Lombardia and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
The Katusha-Alpecin squad currently features the likes of Simon Spilak, Alex Dowsett, Nils Politt and Ilnur Zakarin.