Due to three positive Covid-19 cases amongst its staff members, Israel Start-Up Nation won’t be lining up for a small number of races in June.

The three staff members of the team returned a positive Covid-19 test result after regular internal testing by the team doctors. In order to contain the situation and to not risk the health of other staff members, riders and rival teams, Israel Start-Up Nation, has decided to skip the following races in June:

Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau (June 4)
Dwars door het Hageland (June 5)
Elfstedenronde (June 6)
Baloise Belgium Tour (June 9-13)
Adriatica Ionica Race (June 14-18)

The team will keep its race bubble intact for the Tour de Suisse (June 6-13) as none of the selected staff members nor riders has been in contact with any of the affected personnel. For the same reason, the team will also continue racing in the Critérium du Dauphiné.

General Manager, Kjell Carlström: “Obviously, we would have liked to line up in these great races, for which the riders have trained hard to do well. However, the health of our staff and riders, as well as safeguarding all other teams, will always come first. We don’t want to take any risk that may jeopardize anyone. In a situation like this, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”