The 2018 Giro D’Italia marks the event’s 101st running, and the first time ever that any of the Grand Tours has started outside of Europe. That it’s starting in Israel makes that fact even more amazing, considering how the news of the Western World tends to focus on things that don’t involve a massive startup culture, amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, a safe and friendly culture, and a growing cycling scene. The latter is the reason the Giro was brought here, with a two-fold goal: Increase awareness of Israel as a cycling destination, and to increase the locals’ awareness of cycling. And that latter point also has a two-fold goal: Make drivers more aware of cyclists, and get more people out on bikes. There’s more to that story, so we’ll continue on in a separate post later.

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

This post is about the Israel Cycling Academy’s team bikes, so I’ll touch on the team itself first. This is the first Israeli pro cycling team to enter a Grand Tour. On it are the first two Israeli pro cyclists to ever race in a Grand Tour: Guy Sagiv, left, is the former Israel road race national champion, and Guy Niv (right).

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

Being a new team didn’t stop them from nabbing some great sponsors like FSA, Selle Italia, Oakley and Jaguar.

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

The bikes are from DeRosa and include the SK Pininfarina aero bike…

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

…and the Protos for standard stages.

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

The Protos bikes received a sparkly paint finish that accentuates the team’s logo well.

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

FSA cranks paired with Power2Max power meters and a KMC X11SL chain:

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

There also one of the (if not the) only teams running something other than Continental or Vittoria tires. Schwalbe Durano tires keep them rolling on Vision wheels.

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

Berk Composites makes carbon frames, handlebar/stem combos and these number plate holders.

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

israeli cycling academy DeRosa team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

The DeRosa TT03 frames got a different speckle paint that resembled the camp cups, except in white. It made them look plastic, which was kinda cool.

israeli cycling academy team bike photos from 2018 giro ditalia

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Check out every team’s bikes from the 2018 Giro here!

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Teal is Real
Teal is Real
3 years ago

Finally! Just embrace it. Afterall nothing says “forever” like…plastic.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
3 years ago

Those must be training wheelsets on the photo’d bikes looks like an alloy rim and I can’t fathom a team racing a world tour road race would be doing so on Duranos.

SJC
SJC
3 years ago

Good catch – I think the aero bike has the race wheels/tires on it. Carbon tubulars with Schwalbe Pro One TT tires.

Drinky Crow
Drinky Crow
3 years ago

Seriously, you should sear your fingertips on a hot stove for typing such outrageous lies about the apartheid state the Zionist have turned Palestine into.

Dodo
Dodo
3 years ago

“That it’s starting in Israel makes that fact even more amazing, considering how the news of the Western World tends to focus on things that don’t involve a massive startup culture, amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, a safe and friendly culture, and a growing cycling scene.”

Not to mention that it is an apartheid State that has kept millions of people in jail-like conditions for 50 years!

Drinky Crow
Drinky Crow
3 years ago
Reply to  Dodo

“a safe and friendly culture” That’s a real knee slapper.

gbcoke
gbcoke
3 years ago
Reply to  Dodo

I wonder ,have you been in Israel ?? There is always more to a story than what the news will tell you…

J
J
3 years ago
Reply to  Dodo

Man youre really living up to your avatar, dodo.