The Austrian time trial specialist comes to the team after two seasons with Trek-Segafredo.
Brändle has scored time trial wins most recently in the 2017 Tour of Denmark and Baloise Belgium Tour, but also has three national time trial titles and one road race title to his name as well as two stage wins in the Tour of Britain, the GP Stad Zottegem and a stage in the Tour of Oman on his palmarès.
“It’s a possibility for me to shine again and more often in France and Belgium where I scored some nice results over the last years” he said.
Brändle joins an ambitious Israel Cycling Academy squad which now setting its sights on an invitation to the Tour de France. The addition of a specialist like Brändle will help further those goals.
“Matthias is a strong rider who is capable of strengthening the team in many ways,” says team manager Kjell Carlstrom. “He loves to be on the attack and could claim victories from breakaways. And of course, he will bring to ICA his TT capabilities which are significant. With his horse power we will be stronger, and he will give us the extra depth in certain types of races like shorter and flatter races with a TT.”
The offer from Carlstrom, with whom Brändle worked while at IAM Cycling, has given the Austrian new motivation. “Not only I am excited in helping this great project that transforms cycling in Israel. Now I will face the thrill of actually winning races for the team.”
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