Rider Interview: Ed Hood asked Israel Start-Up Nation sprint winner Itamar Einhorn about his recent podium location and how he started cycling games. Not everyone can say that Chris Froome is their lead-out man.
2nd in Stage 2 CRO race
I thought the Israel Start-Up Nation wasn’t a great season, but when I checked the UCi win statistics, 16 wins weren’t bad at all. Perhaps Dan Martin’s Girostage is the most notable, but recently there was one. It caught our eye.
Israeli rider Itamar Einhorn took part in the UCi 2.1 Okoros Rovenska Stage 4, Slovak tour ahead of prominent Fastman Peter Sagan and Saesbol. As far as we know, is it the highest level of victory Israeli riders have ever achieved? A 24-year-old from the Israeli city of Modi, he took a long time to chat with PEZ a few days after his biggest win in his career. Then last week he finished second on Stage 2 of the Croatian tour of Jumbo Visma to Olav Kooij.
PEZ: Congratulations on your victory, Itamar – tell us about it.
Itamar Einhorn: Thank you, it was from a small selected group of 26 riders, the first hour of the race was fierce and everyone in the group could see Deceuninck not well represented, so I Team, DSM, Bora, BikeExchange all drove hard and there was a gap that I knew wouldn’t come back. In the end it was 9 minutes. It wasn’t easy to get in, but I had two teammates. Both Chris Froome and Krists Neilands did a great job in the last 5km. NS. Sagan had three teammates for his lead-out, but I took off his handle to win.
PEZ: Tell us about the beginning of cycling, is it a big sport in Israel?
Cycling is great at the amateur level, and many people ride bicycles. My brother (4 years older than me) got hooked on it and I followed him and started road riding in 2013 after first riding my MTB.
Petz: You did a great job as a junior at La Coupe du President de la Ville de Gurgiaz in the 2014 Poland UCi 2.1 stage race.
Yes, it was the Israeli junior national team. I was 6th on the GC and 2nd on the stage. I was motivated, but I didn’t have the knowledge and support, and I felt that I was able to do better.
PEZ: 2016 Belgian Verandas Willems Amateur Team.
I have actually been with them as a junior since 2014. The owner / administrator, Jo Van Gossum, has had a relationship with Israeli riders in the past. Ran Margaliot was a former Israeli professional rider.
PEZ: Did you see you at the Israel Cycling Academy in Season 2017?
The team started at the professional continental level. It was a good development team and a good environment to gain experience. In 2017, he participated in several big races with Coppa Agostoni, Coppa Bernocchi and Memorial Pantani. I couldn’t finish them, but I did work for the team. It was good to be able to experience that level of competition.
PEZ: In 2018, there were some strong rides in the late season stage races in China.
I rejoined the academy that year and won several amateur races in Spain that year, but yes, I like touring Lake Taihu and Hainan. Unlike European races, the level of professional continental team presence is good.
PEZ: In Season 2019, I spent time with the French Cotes d’Amour team.
The arrangement was part of a contract with the Academy and was another good experience. He has won some good positions in the French stage races, including the Tour de Loire et Shell and the Tour de Loire et Loire.
PEZ: And 2019 was when you took the world tour – culture shock?
Joining the world tour team is not easy, but when given the opportunity, I was excited to grab it with both hands. The level is very high, but I did it step by step.
PEZ: You got the podium on the Tour Colombia 2.1 stage and got off to a good start in 2020.
That was a good result for my self-confidence, but then Covid came in and ruined the party. When the race came back in August, I was motivated and in good shape and won the stage at the Polish course cyclist Desolidarnosk. It was a small race, but it was a UCi race and we took it one step further. I was also 3rd in GC. I learned to fight fiercely on the climb to achieve that placement. I was disappointed that the Chinese stage race was canceled, but I kept my motivation and fitness by looking at the bicycle race track.
Petz: You narrowed down to the top 10 in Scheldeprijs in October 2020 and it’s a great result with all the fastest guys out there.
I didn’t feel like I had a great sprint that day, but I found that I could compete with the best sprinters.
PEZ: Tell us about your experience with the truck.
I rode the European Championship in November and rode Scratch and Omnium. I have fitness on the course, but no tactics yet. I was going to ride Madison too, but that didn’t work. With experience, you can compete on the board.
PEZ: Another Polish victory earlier this year.You defeated the big Alois Kankovsky [Elkov & Czech Republic] To that person, I know him, he’s not late!
That was the UC i1.2 Visegard GP and I was in the Israeli National Squad. It was a perfectly flat hoodie and still had speed from the foot track.
PEZ: Your first Grand Tour, 2021 Veerta, do they say you’re a different rider than your first tour?
I really liked the experience, it was challenging that gave me depth, but I recovered quickly and now I can better track the climbing movements .. It went better than I expected, and I was 5th in stage 8 and 7th in stage 13. However, after the break on the second day, the same energy did not flow to Covadonga on the body and stage 17. , I had to give up. But it’s part of the game and I definitely feel that I’ve benefited from that experience.
Petz: What is the 2022 season?
I want to keep winning, I want to win a day’s race in Belgium and France. The level of the day is the highest there. And I want to keep collecting UCi points for both the team and my country. Israel missed only 20 points to compete in the world. Of course, I would like to compete in the 2024 Olympic Road Race in Paris.
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