Israel – Premier Tech returns to the Tour of Turkey with two Israeli riders who will be aiming for good results. Itamar Einhorn, the first Israeli to win a professional cycling race, will contest the mass sprints. Guy Niv has his eyes set on the mountaintop finish in stage 4.
Einhorn will travel to Turkey with the Israel – Premier Tech sprint train and can rely on full support from one of the fastest trains in the professional cycling scene.
Matthias Brändle, Alex Dowsett, and Rick Zabel will be guiding the Israeli sprinter through the last kilometers of each stage, while Patrick Bevin and Guy Niv will also help support the Israeli sprinter. The team will have numerous opportunities to contest sprint finishes, as there are only two – maybe three – stages that climbers or punchers will target.
One of those stages is stage 4, from Izmir to Manisa, over a distance of 146.2 km. The final climb is 14 km in length with an average gradient of 7.2%. It’s a climb that excites Guy Niv.
“On paper, it seems somewhat similar to the last part of Mount Hermon,” he says referring to the highest mountain in Israel, “starting from the Saar waterfall.”
Now, the Israelis among us can imagine how hard it is…
The Israeli climber, who lives close to the slopes of Mount Hermon, is looking forward to that climb.
“I will definitely go for a result that day. Looking at the start list, it is going to be a tough battle. Let’s see who, in the end, is going to be on the start line, but it seems like Nairo Quintana, Diego Ulissi, and Jay Vine are coming.”