Israel Start-Up Nation sign first super-domestique to support Chris Froome

The Norwegian rider only started road cycling aged 23 but has developed into a strong stage racer

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Israel Start-Up Nation have moved to strengthen their squad for Chris Froome’s arrival with the signing of a super-domestique.

Norwegian climber Carl Fredrik Hagen will join the team in the off-season from Lotto-Soudal and will be expected to form part of Froome’s close-knit Grand Tour team.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.