The Tour donating funds to fight Corona through racing major reason to compete in Tour for All;
Israel Start-Up Nation sees eRacing as way to keep competitive spirit flowing;
150.000 euros will be donated to fight Covid-19 by the Tour.
ISN will be racing against nine top-teams, including WorldTour squads like Mitchelton Scott, EF Pro Cycling and FDJ. At least 150.000 euros will, through the Tour, be donated to ‘Doctors without Borders’, fighting Covid-19 in third world countries.
With eRacing as the ‘new normal’ for the time being, Israel Start-Up Nation will continue battling against other teams on virtual platforms. The next race for the Israeli team is the Tour for All, starting from Monday, on the virtual platform Zwift.
Digital Director Sportive Nicki Sorensen sees eRacing becoming a fun experience, ‘and therefore we are giving it a shot’, he says. “With the road season being drastically shortened, races on digital platforms keep us physically sharp.”
Israel Start-Up Nation was the first team dedicating a series of social rides for a good cause by donating thousands of KN95-masks to hospitals in need via the ISN Medical Aid Rides.
With the Tour for All’s decision to donate funds to fight Corona through racing was a major reason for ISN to compete in the Tour for All. ISN co-owner Ron Baron: “It’s a win-win: we are excited to race ánd can contribute to a good cause.”
Also, Sorensen says, the race is a great way of keeping the competitive spirit of the riders flowing. “Short and furious races will help to keep riders physically sharp. It’s fast from the beginning, a really good work-out and also – last but not least – good for our exposure.”
ISN and ICA Pro-riders Guy Sagiv and Freddy Ovett, who both made it into the line-ups for the Tour for All, are happy to race and contribute to the good cause. “Five days of hard racing for such a good cause looks to be a great concept”, they said.
The Tour for All on Zwift will be broadcasted live on Eurosport every day and will enable the team to further support its exposure for sponsors. Also the race can be watched live via the Global Cycling Network-app.
Tour for All: 4th of May – 8th of May:
Stage 1: Freddy Ovett, Itamar Einhorn, James Piccoli, Alex Cataford, Mads Wurtz Schmidt
Stage 2: Krists Neilands, Guy Sagiv, Alexis Renard, Matteo Bardilatti, Tom Van Asbroeck
Stage 3: James Piccoli, Mads Wurtz Schmidt, Edo Goldstein, Omer Goldstein, Omer Lahav
Stage 4: Alex Dowsett, Itamar Einhorn, Guillaume Boivin, Andre Greipel, Davide Cimolai
Stage 5: Matteo Bardilatti, Dan Martin, Freddy Ovett, Omer Goldstein, Omer Lahav