'Allez, allez!' Shouts of enthusiasm, encouragement as Israelis tackle Tour de France


Cyclists with Team Israel Start-Up Nation posing on the Champs-Élysées, July 2021.

(JNS) - When Belgian professional road and cyclo-cross racer Wout van Aert took the 21st and final stage of the Tour de France and Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar won the overall 2021 Tour de France on Sunday, there weren't many Israeli riders in sight. Even without Israeli riders winning the race, this year's Tour de France was an unprecedented victory for the Jewish state.

The famed race, which each year covers 3,413 kilometers (2,121 miles) over 21 stages in 23 days, featured eight riders wearing the Israel Start-Up Nationjersey. The Israel team, which included two Canadians, five Eu...

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