Israel Cycling Academy have revealed they will be riding Factor Bikes after agreeing a three-year deal with the British company.
The squad is stepping up to WorldTour level in 2020 after taking over the struggling Katusha-Alpecin outfit. Israel Cycling Academy rode with De Rosa bikes for the last two seasons.
“It is fantastic to see our riders racing to new heights on their superior bikes in the World Tour next year,” said Sylvan Adams, co-owner of the formation. The team will ride on Factor O2 VAM bikes for climbing, “fastest aero road bike ever tested in wind tunnels and on the road,” as Factor describes it.
Kjell Carlström, manager of Israel Cycling Academy, thinks that the team and the bike manufacturer make a good match.
“We also share the same ideas regarding developing the bikes further,” he said. “Factor has convinced in the past of being a great bike, and with the dedication of the company and Gitelis to continue to improve, we believe that the performance will be up there with the best. Therefore I am excited about the collaboration we will have.”
Factor Bikes owner Rob Gitelis is excited about returning to the highest tier of professional cycling -where the manufacturer was in 2017 with AG2R La Mondiale. “It is exciting as we make our return with a great partner in Israel Cycling Academy to the WorldTour,” he explained.
Israel Cycling Academy has recently announced a number of riders that will join the squad as it steps up to the WorldTour. Most recent additions are Nils Politt, Alex Dowsett and Reto Hollenstein. Dan Martin, Rory Sutherland and Andrew Greipel are also confirmed to race with Israel Cycling Academy in 2020.