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Israel Cycling Academy, le texte de sa publication du 13-08-2019 17:56:20 :
Racing In the footsteps of our PAST

The Israeli flag was there to see. Hanging under the road sign of this small town with the name:

Castrillo Mota de Judíos.

“Jew hill camp “.

We were fast approaching the finish line of Vuelta Burgos . Our Israeli Roy Goldstein was in the breakaway from Km 1 and was hoping to arrive , or at least take the KOM Jersey.

He knew of this story. A few hours before, on the presentation podium besides the ICA team, stood the mayor of that small town with the curious name. His name is Lorenzo Rodriguez and he is the man that decided a few years ago that you can not just erase your history.

You see, more the a thousand years ago, a few Jewish families escaped to this empty place . They ran away from a deadly cruel Pogrom. They settled there and built there small haven until they were kicked out again during the 1492 deportations.

Years later , during another round of religious prosecution, the town name was changed to Castrillo Matajudios or “Jew killer camp” .

In 2014, the new mayor decided that’s its time to make peace and justice with the past, and started a campaign to bring back the original name of his town. His town residents agreed.

We were honored to share the stage with the mayor and much more then that: to share the belief that you have no future without recognizing your past. For good and for bad.

Back to racing:

Roy Goldstein did not make it. Life , after all is not perfect.

We might have wished to finish this story with a perfect ending. But the Israeli Rider who tried to
Win the KOM Jersey could only come second on the last climb. And minutes later his breakaway was caught.

“I executed the team Plan” said Roy.
“But I could not get that jersey. Still , I am happy with my shape. “

We hoped to win the sprint and formed a great leadout , but unfortunately, Dennis Van winden had to halt his sprint when somebody crashed in front of him.

Nothing to it. Tomorrow will present another opportunity.

And to mayor Rodriguez and his small town: It was an Honor!

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