Fuglsang: “I’m Still Capable Of Winning Big”

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The 36 year old Dane ISN . I want to get back on the road to success

Jacob Fuglsang (Astana – Premier Tech) will drive for the Israel Start-up Nation in the future. | Photo: Kor Vos

14.10.2021 | (rsn) – Since his win at Il Lombardia in August 2020, Jacob Fuglsang has been looking forward to another victory. That should change with their announced move from Astana to Israel Start-up Nation. Despite his age of 36, the Dane received a three-year contract from his new team – coincidentally similar to the situation in Chris Froome of the same age, who switched to Sylvan Adams’ racing team at the end of 2020 and was also given . Three year contract.

While the four-time Tour de France winner is still far from his best form after a fall at the Critérium du Dauphiné, Fuglsang was confident he would be able to find success again in 2022. “I believe I can still get some big wins and certainly the Grand département of the Tour de France in Denmark will be a big target next year,” said the Dane.

Whatever the case, the hopes of his new team are high, even if the high expectations associated with the commitment of big names like Froome, Andre Greipel or Daniel Martin are yet to be met. Nevertheless, management apparently continues to rely primarily on routine, as evidenced by the transfer of 31-year-old Hugo Houle, who, like Fuglsang, will leave Astana. The two-time Canadian time trial champion also received a long-term contract until the end of 2024.

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Fuglsang to replace Dan Martin

Haule is supposed to be used primarily as an accessory, while Adams expects much more from Fuglsang. “Jacob is a driver who has shown he can win races with monuments and victories at Grand Tour stages. He will replace a driver with similar qualities at Israel Start-up Nation, the great Dan Martin, who will be leaving later this year. I am leaving the post,” he said.

Hawley will be the third Canadian professional in the line-up, after Michael Woods and Guillaume Bovin, which should fuel speculation about a future collaboration with Canadian sponsor Premier Tech. The company, which specializes in manufacturing packaging systems, is withdrawing from Astana as name sponsor after just one season; That said, as a result of a feud about Alexander Vinokuro, who had been sacked ahead of the Tour de France, only to be reinstated as team manager in August.

Since then, Premier Tech has been associated with several teams. Recently, unsuccessful discussions with Bike Exchange about possible collaboration. Reportedly, the company is said to have sought a 50 percent stake in the Australian racing team. Team owner Gerry Ryan eventually ended the talks.

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