Naama Barak
May 5, Updated May 6

Israel’s national pro cycling team, Israel – Premier Tech, is continuing to grow, with British cyclist Joe Blackmore signing a two-year contract for the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

Blackmore, 21, has already ridden with IPT’s young continental development team this year, winning three stage races.

He specializes in cyclocross and mountain biking and has recently made the transition to road racing. Recent wins include securing General Classification titles at Tour du Rwanda, Tour de Taiwan, and Circuit des Ardennes.

“I’ve really enjoyed my first few months with the team, more than I ever anticipated. Winning early was unexpected. I did not expect to win all these races but once you start winning, you are on a roll,” Blackmore noted.

“Joe has been a very quick learner since making the switch to road racing. As he has shown, he is a smart, fearless competitor and a real winner,” IPT owner Sylvan Adams said. 

“His remarkable results and his new contract are additional validations of our recruitment strategy, with seven riders promoted over the last three seasons.”

Adams continued, “Signing Joe was the easiest decision we made this year. I am excited to see his development next season when he will be up against the best. He has a great future ahead.”

In February, IPT claimed a win at the Tour du Rwanda, when Itamar Einhorn surged in the last stages of the race to emerge victorious in Stage 2 of the event. It was the first time Israeli cyclists won a race in the tournament.

A month earlier, the Israel – Premier Tech team joined with the Hostages and Missing Families Forum and the Israeli Cycling Federation in organizing a mass solidarity ride.

The ride marked 100 days since the October 7 Hamas attacks and saw thousands of cyclists around the world – in Tel Aviv, Toronto, Barcelona, Paris and elsewhere – ride simultaneously to advocate for the return for the hostages held captive in Gaza.

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