Alex Cataford talks about the downside risk of Israel Tech: ‘The mentality does not change’

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SCALEA, Italy (VN) – Giacomo Nizzolo hit another top-5 Thursday in Stage 6 at the Giro d’Italia, and while it wasn’t a win, it’s important to get more points for Israel-Premier Tech.

The team has suffered illness and collapse just as the sometimes controversial UCI implementation of promotion and relegation rules for the next round of WorldTour licenses has begun.

Alexander Cataford, the only Canadian in the Giro this year, said the team is not changing the way it races despite it is currently ranked on the wrong side of the team’s standings approaching halfway through 2022.

Cataford said the team was still focused on winning despite the growing pressure to score points.

“If we were first or last, our process would be exactly the same,” Cataford said. VeloNews. “The mentality does not change in the end. When we appear, it is about scoring the best possible result of the day.”

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So far in 2022, Israel-Premier Tech has won four races. Three of them are from Patrick Bevin, with a theater in the Tour de Romande and a public stage on the Turkey Tour. Michael Woods won the Gran Camiño Championships in Spain.

In terms of points standings, the team ranks third among the WorldTour teams.

Points and rankings will be one criterion when it comes to the next round of WorldTour licenses awarded for 2023 and beyond.

Cataford said the team is not too concerned at the moment and is focused on trying to win at least one stage during this Giro with Nizzolo in the sprints.

“You have to focus on the process and keep trying to win races. If we are first in the standings, or last in the standings, at the end, it will always be the same goal, and that is the race to get the best result possible,” Cataford said.

“It has been a difficult three years, with calendar changes and health issues. We are focusing on the process, looking at the best way to win the race.”

Cataford is the only Canadian in the 2022 Giro

Cataford is the only Canadian in this year’s Giro. (Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old Cataford is off to a good start to his second football career. Take your win-win break today to Mount Etna in Stage 4 and promise more before the race is over.

“It was a good start, and I was on the road in the secession at Mount Etna. Traditionally, this was a stage the separatist won, and I was there, but unfortunately, I didn’t have the legs to win,” he said. “You should be there to try.”

Cataford is playing free here during this Giro, with a few stages marked with an “X” to try to break away. On enemy days, he steps in to control breaks and helps prepare the team train for Nizzolo.

“My role is to take control of the breakaway early in the stage or put it in a good position with 20 km to go. I’m not really in that role in the finalists,” he said. “There is a lot of work to be done before the final race, so there is a lot to do.”

With Nizzolo, the team brought four passengers for the Giro train, with Rick Zabel, Alex Dowsett, Mathias Brandle and Jenthe Biermans at the end.

“I think we have a train to compete with those others. We have a lot of horsepower here. We have five guys who have dedicated themselves for the last 3 kilometres,” he said. “We have the train to go up against these guys like Cavendish or Ewan. We have to be smart about how to do that, but we have the horsepower to do it.”

“It’s Nizzolo from sprints, Alessandro and I are for a breakup, and then after stage 14, these guys who work in sprints have their chances.”

For this year’s Giro, Cataford is the only Canadian to start the race. Three American riders also start, which means there is a small North American squad in the race.

“I’m the only Canadian, it’s fun to be here and I’m excited about this Giro,” he said. “There is a huge Canadian presence in this team, the new sponsor comes with Premier Tech, which is a big Canadian company, we have five Canadian passengers, a lot of Canadian employees in the background as well. There is this Canadian element in the team.”

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