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Froome, Van Avermaet and Stuyven all on Israel Start-Up transfer wishlist

Joe Robinson
17 Jun 2020

Israeli team looking to bolster team for 2021 with high-profile signings

Chris Froome, Greg Van Avermaet and Jasper Stuyven are all transfer targets for the Israel Start-Up Nation team, according to reports in the Belgian press.

Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws has reported that Sylvan Adams, the Israeli-Canadian billionaire who owns the team, is keen to bolster the team's Spring Classics squad from 2021.

The team's current leader in the Spring Classics is talented German Nils Politt. However, it is rumoured that Politt has been offered contracts by two rival teams and is likely to leave the Israeli set-up.

With that in mind, Adams and team manager Kjell Carlström have started conversations with Van Avermaert of CCC Team and Stuyven of Trek-Segafredo. Additionally, it is said that the team is also interested in the services of AG2R La Mondiale's Oliver Naesen.

Previous Paris-Roubaix winner Van Avermaet could be a viable option as it was confirmed that Polish shoe brand CCC would be exiting the sport at the end of the 2020 season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is believed that the WorldTour licence owned by Continuum Sports will be maintained, with American health company Rally being tipped to come on board as the new primary sponsor.

Beyond building Israel Start-Up Nation's Classics squad, Adams is also interested in acquiring the services of seven-time Grand Tour champion Froome.

The 34-year-old is out of contract with Team Ineos at the end of the current season and, with internal competition from Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, may be tempted to look elsewhere to ensure leadership at future Tours de France. 

Throughout May, rumours circulated that Froome was discussing options away from Team Ineos, with Movistar and Team NTT touted as potential suitors, however, it is the Israeli team that have been linked with Froome most regularly.

Adams has made his admiration for Froome no secret and has consistently stated that he would increase the team's budget if it meant securing his signature.