The Israeli riders extended their contracts for the 9th and 6th consecutive seasons.
Goldstein: It’s time to win!
Israeli riders Guy Sagiv and Omer Goldstein, who have set a high standard for the sport of cycling in Israel, will continue their long journey with the team after signing contracts for the upcoming 2023 season.
For Guy Sagiv, who broke the glass ceiling for Israelis in professional cycling when he became the first to finish a Grand Tour at the historic Giro d’Italia of 2018, 2023 will be his ninth year of service, making him the only rider to race for the team since its inaugural season in 2015.
IPT team manager Kjell Carlstrom was full of praise for the 27-year-old who will race for the team for a 9th consecutive season, calling him “a road captain and a rider we all learned to trust.”
Carlstrom added, “Guy has proved himself to be one of our most dedicated and hardworking riders, always willing to work for his teammates in any situation. As one of our most consistent support riders and a rider who often takes on a road captain role, Guy plays an integral role in the team, and I have no doubt he will have a strong season next year.”
Guy Sagiv: “I feel that I am constantly becoming a stronger rider, especially on the mental side, and delighted to be given more and more responsibilities as a road captain trusting me to make the right decisions.”
For Omer Goldstein (26), his sixth year with the team will be an opportunity to finally reach the ambitious expectations he holds for himself. “Winning,” he said, “This is what I need to achieve. I have been moving in a consistent upward direction over the last few years, getting closer and closer. I am confident that I haven’t yet reached my potential, and I am determined to take another step up and finally start winning.”
Carlstrom fully believes in Goldstein and that he is set to fulfill his promise. “This year, Omer took a big step up as a rider and showed what he is capable of, narrowly missing stage wins at the Tour du Rwanda, Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, and Vuelta a Burgos. With his motivation and determination, I am sure he will get the win he deserves in 2023.”
Back to Sagiv: “I am so proud to be the only rider that started the journey with this team. Looking back, it was a hell of a journey. Of course, there were ups and, recently, some downs, but nobody would have guessed back then that we would go this far. And the journey continues!”