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Conor Dunne’s team confirm WorldTour talks; Team Sky mooted

Posted on: January 10th, 2019

Irish rider Conor Dunne is getting used to being an Israel Cycling Academy rider. Team owner Sylvan Adams has confirmed talks are underway about bringing the squad up to the WorldTour.

 

Conor Dunne’s Israel Cycling Academy team is in talks with a number of WorldTour teams about possibly merging with them, its owner has confirmed.

However, while speculation is mounting that Team Sky is one of those outfits, and the most likely candidate to be acquired or merged with, there is no confirmation of that point.

However, while declining to answer questions about Team Sky, Israel Cycling Academy owner Sylvan Adams confirmed he was in talks with several WorldTour teams.

He is a billionaire who makes his money in real estate and for whom merging with or buying any of cycling’s top tier teams would not be a significant transaction.

Already he and the team have said they want to be in the Tour de France from next year.

But French ProContinental teams enjoying something of a stranglehold on the wild card entries to the race.

And that means Israel Cycling Academy may have to effectively buy its way in; by buying or merging with a current WorldTour squad.

 

Irish champion Dunne has been in Israel this week at a team training camp.

 

“There are several discussions happening with more than one WorldTour team,” Sylvan Adams told VeloNews.

“I cannot divulge too much right now and I don’t have any confirmation on any specific discussions with any specific teams, but that is on our radar screen.

“We have had conversations with teams and this is a possible route for us to end up as a WorldTour team.

“The possibility of a merger with a WorldTour team is exciting. It’s on our radar screen, but we will focus on this year’s goals irrespective of any extraneous developments.

“This team is growing organically, but if there is an opportunity that comes along, we will consider it. Sometimes you make your own luck.”

And while he had no desire to “pick over” the remains of Team Sky, which is now looking for a sponsor, he said he would talk to any teams.

“But if it’s a hypothetical question,” he said of a possible takeover or merger with Team Sky.

“And if those riders from Sky or some other team are available, yes, we would certainly be knocking at the door.”

 

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