Team continues racing full program – under its own guidelines
Will race Paris-Nice
Will race Tirreno-Adriatico if possible
Team Israel Start-Up Nation will take part in all races on its racing program as long as it is satisfied that the races will be held under guidelines approved by health authorities, the UCI and race organizers in order to protect the health of the team riders and staff, fellow riders and the public.
The team owners and pro staff have thoroughly discussed the issue this week and held consultations with team doctors, before reaching decisions and guidelines regarding racing at this complicated time where the world faces the coronavirus epidemic.
ISN General Manager Kjell Carlstrom: “We have concluded that as long as we can ensure that races can be held safely, following all advice and approvals by local health authorities, the UCI and organizers, our team will continue racing fully motivated. As long as we are satisfied that measures are taken to protect the health of our riders and staff as well as the public health in those races, we will be there.”
Team ISN has given everyone in the team a personal say on this matter. The team notified the riders and staff that their participation in races is voluntary and up to them. “Anyone and everyone in the team can tell us if he or she is not comfortable to go to a certain race, and we will totally respect that decision,” said Carlstrom.
The immediate effect of this policy: The team will take part in the upcoming Paris-Nice starting Sunday. Two other races scheduled for this weekend in Italy, Strade Bianche and GP Industria, were canceled by the organizers. The team intends to take part in Tirreno-Adriatico if the race is confirmed to be held by the organizers and satisfies all guidelines by local authorities including those from the medical staff of the team.