Fuglsang, 36, has 26 victories to his name, including Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2019, the Dauphiné in 2017 and 2019 and the Tour of Lombardy in 2020. He rode for Astana since 2013 and had started his WorldTour career with Saxo Bank (2009-2010). He was also still under contract with Leopard Trek (2011) and RadioShack-Nissan (2012).
“I think it’s time for me to try something different. I believe this experience at ISN can be mutually beneficial. I can offer my experience to the team and help them achieve their next goals. I am also convinced that I still have some nice victories in my legs. The next Grand Départ of the Tour de France in Denmark is of course a real goal for me,” said Fuglsang, who broke his collarbone on August 30 during the Tour of the Benelux.
“Fuglsang is one of the best riders for the general classifications. This signing will strengthen us significantly,” said Kjell Carlström, the sports manager of the Israel squad.
Hugo Houle has only two pro wins, both at the Canadian Time Trial Championships in 2015 and 2021. The 31-year-old Canadian is also leaving Astana-Premier Tech, where he has raced since 2018. He previously drove for AG2R La Mondiale (2013-2017). “This new challenge will motivate me even more. I am confident that the team will provide me with the best possible environment to continue evolving,” said Houle.
Fuglsang and Houle will work at ISN in 2022 with the Belgians Jenthe Biermans, Ben Hermans, Tom Van Asbroeck and Sep Vanmarcke.