Adding the ultimate leader, mentor, rider for all missions.
Signed with the Australian Rory Sutherland
Bringing 19 years of experience to Israel Cycling Academy
Tel Aviv, October 21, 2019
In preparation for what hopefully will be its first World Tour season, Israel Cycling Academy has signed veteran Australian Rory Sutherland for 2020.
Sutherland will be expected to utilize his vast skills and experience to provide critical assistance to the GC leaders while guiding the younger riders of the team.
Sutherland’s (37) career has spanned over two decades and he was contemplating his future options when he received a call from ICA Pro manager Kjell Carlstrom.
Carlstrom: “We were looking for a rider that can be a road captain in certain races and in others – especially the biggest ones – assist our GC guys in the most critical moments: be on the mountains but also on the flat with positioning and keeping them out of trouble.
Beyond that, we needed someone with vast experience and leadership skills that can help and give advice to young guys in the team. For me, there was one rider that could offer us the full package and it was Rory Sutherland”.
For Sutherland, this was the motivation boost he needed as he considered retiring from the sport.
“I was in the process of deciding what I wanted to do in my cycling career. I wanted to find a team situation that was the right fit and I was unsure if that was even possible”, admits the Australian who just completed two years with World Tour Team UAE Emirates. “When Kjell spoke with me about the ICA project, it really kept the fire burning and I knew it was the team for me. I love riding my bike. I honestly get huge satisfaction in assisting with the development of riders and helping to create a positive team environment where everyone works well together.”
Sutherland spent the last two years racing alongside his good friend Dan Martin and when the Irish rider signed for ICA, Sutherland knew the team was the right fit.
Sutherland: “I see something special in the ICA project. There is a desire for excellence among the group of riders, staff, and owners. Everyone involved in the project is motivated and excited to perform. My job will not be limited to racing and I will have the opportunity to help the team excel in every way.”
RORY SUTHERLAND tells about his career:
“I began cycling in my hometown of Canberra, Australia in 2007. There is an incredible cycling community in Canberra and that’s what brought me into the sport. I raced there in the junior ranks until 2000 when I competed in the World Championship. I came 4th in the time trial and that earned me a contract with the Rabobank development team in Holland.
I raced in the U23 category and the World Tour team with Rabobank.
I did my first Grand Tour in 2005, the Giro d’Italia, and learned quickly what suffering on a bike really entailed.
In 2007 I moved to the United States and raced for various teams between 2007-2012.
I was also lucky enough to meet my wife in Colorado!
I really enjoyed my racing in the USA. It was more personal with smaller teams closer-knit groups, and it is where I really learned how to be a leader and a teammate.
In 2013 I signed for Saxo-Tinkoff and returned to Europe with my wife and our two children. We based ourselves in Girona, Catalunya as we were looking for an adventure and positive experiences for the children. After two years with Saxo, I moved to the MOVISTAR team for three seasons. I feel like Movistar is where I learned who I was as a rider and as a person. I would go as far as saying those three years were the most fulfilling of my entire career. We were on the podium at all the Grand Tours I started during those years and that was an amazing experience.
My favorite memory was riding into Madrid after the team won the Vuelta a Espana with Nairo Quintana.
For the 2018-19 seasons, I moved with my good friend Dan Martin to the Team UAE EMIRATES. Here I found yet again new challenges and a new group of people to work with. Within these years I did most of the biggest races with the team including the Tour de France in 2018.
My career has spanned nearly two decades, and I am grateful for the experiences of living in five different countries, learning three new languages, meeting new people, and traveling the world. Cycling has allowed us to live and raise our family in beautiful Girona and we love it so much we have started two businesses and plan to make this our permanent home. I am also amazed at the co-workers within all the teams who have nearly all become part of my extended family.”