Israel-Premier Tech’s Bikes Stolen – Canadian Cycling Magazine
Most pro teams are currently gearing up for the 2022 season with new bikes, kits and riders. Israel – Premier Tech is preparing for the new season in Girona, Spain. Many cycling teams go there because of the reliable weather, good roads and climbs.
The team announced some big news last week with the official news of Premier Tech joining as a co-sponsor. The deal had been in the works for some time, but on Thursday it was announced that Israel Start-up Nation would become Israel-Premier Tech through 2024, with the Canadian company changing title sponsorship from Astana after a year.
Israel Start-up Nation obtains title sponsorship from Canada and becomes Israel-Premier Tech
Israel-Premier Tech has five Canadian riders: Guillaume Boivin, Alex Cataford, Hugo Houle, James Piccoli and Michael Woods. Canadian road legend Steve Bauer is its new sporting director. The continental team, Israel Cycling Academy, has Derek Gee as rider and Gord Fraser as athletic director.
The team received bad news upon discovering that 17 of their Factor bikes had been stolen from the truck overnight. This isn’t the first time a top team have had their bikes ripped off, at the 2021 UCI Track World Championships the Italian team had their super expensive Pinarellos stolen. Fortunately, they were recovered.
Are the thieves who stole Italian track bikes the dumbest criminals ever?
It’s unclear if the bikes belonged to Israel-Premier Tech or Israel Cycling Academy, but either way, it’s not a good way to start the season.
Today 17 from our Israel Cycling Academy @FactorBikes were stolen from the team’s truck near Girona, Spain. The frames are silver, red and black as shown below.
Please contact us if anyone has any information 🙏 pic.twitter.com/yKqkVg5jft
— Israel – Premier Tech / Israel Cycling Academy (@IsraelPremTech) January 17, 2022