The vision behind Israel – Premier Tech springs from an ambitious idea of seeing an Israeli team at the start of the Tour de France, while providing opportunities for talented young Israelis to compete at an international level. In a short time, the team has grown from a small Continental-Level Team to one of the top WorldTour teams in the peloton.
Israeli businessman Ron Baron and former rider Ran Margaliot laid the foundation with Israel Cycling Academy in 2014. These two men had a vision of generating a revolution in this underdeveloped sport in Israel, which – at the time – provided few opportunities for aspiring young cyclists. The team’s vision was to provide an opportunity for talented young cyclists to compete in the international arena and launch their professional careers. This team, Ran and Ron hoped, would provide inspiration, hope, and faith to future generations of Israelis. Soon after, Sylvan Adams, an Israeli-Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, joined the project as co-owner, greatly accelerating the team’s development.
The Giro in Israel
In 2018, Adams helped bring the Giro d’Italia to start in Israeli and the team was handed a wild card, making its Grand Tour debut under the slogan from Jerusalem to Rome. Guy Sagiv became the first Israeli rider to complete a Grand Tour, as the race helped put Israel on the map on the international cycling scene, as nearly a billion TV viewers tuned in, making this the most successful Grande Partenza in the Giro’s then 101-year history. Additionally, a million Israelis came into the streets to watch and support the home team.
The next big step forward came in 2020 as the team was granted a UCI WorldTour license, moving Israel Start-Up Nation, as it was then known, into the major league of cycling. “Our destiny was to become a WorldTour team,” stated Adams at the time. “We are now at the pinnacle of the sport and hope to prove that we firmly belong.” The team was now a prominent destination for top riders and managed to secure the signings of the likes of André Greipel and Dan Martin. The latter went on to win a stage in Vuelta a España, paying back the team by giving it its first Grand Tour win.
The philanthropic investors also increased their commitment to developing young Israeli talent by creating a new 15-rider Israel Cycling Academy Continental squad, a majority of whom are Israeli.
Upgrading the team
In 2021, 4x Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, joined the team together with Grand Tour stages winners Alessandro De Marchi, Michael Woods and Daryl Impey and Classics specialist Sep Vanmarcke, adding strength and depth to the roster. De Marchi went on to wear the pink leader’s jersey in the Giro d’Italia, while Woods wore the polka dot jersey in the Tour de France. Meanwhile, Martin took a beautiful victory on the penultimate mountain stage of the Giro.
Premier Tech comes onboard
For the 2022 season, Canadian company, Premier Tech, and its CEO Jean Bélanger, came onboard as new co-title partner with Olympic medalist Jakob Fuglsang and Italian super sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo joining the team. Israel – Premier Tech is now the name of the team and the goals for the future are more ambitious than ever. As Adams said: “We are just getting started!”
Israel Cycling Academy is born
Israeli businessman Ron Baron and former rider Ran Margaliot form Israel Cycling Academy in 2014. Soon after, Sylvan Adams, an Israeli-Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, joined the project.
Israel hosts the Giro d'Italia
Sylvan Adams negotiated to bring the Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza (the opening three days of the Italian Grand Tour) to Israel, the first Grand Tour to race outside of Europe.
Sagiv reaches Rome
Guy Sagiv made history as the first Israeli rider to complete a Grand Tour, an historical achievement for Israeli cycling.
A record number of wins
ICA began 2019 with the largest and most international roster of all professional teams, with 30 riders from 18 countries. It was also the team’s most successful season to date, taking home 29 wins.
Welcome to the WorldTour
In 2020, ICA became Israel Start-Up Nation and was granted a WorldTour license, providing automatic entry in the sport’s biggest races, including the iconic Tour de France.
Canadian Kevin Ham, together with his Reinvent brand, joined as a minority shareholder, while big names were added to the rider roster incl. André Greipel, Dan Martin, Nils Politt, and Dani Navarro.
The next generation of cycling talent
The Israel Cycling Academy development team is formed, nurturing the next generation of Israeli and international talent.
Grand Tour success
Guy Niv makes history as the first Israeli to race the Tour de France, while the two biggest wins of the season came when Alex Dowsett and Dan Martin, respectively won a stage in the Giro and Vuelta.
A new chapter
Multiple Grand Tour and four-time Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, together with Grand Tour stage winners such as Daryl Impey and Michael Woods and top Classics specialist Sep Vanmarcke join ISN.
A new name and a new partner
Canadian company, Premier Tech, and its CEO Jean Bélanger, came onboard as new co-title partner, with the team known as Israel – Premier Tech from 2022.