Muslim rider quits Israel Cycling Academy after Donald Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Ahmet Orken asks to have his contract with Israeli team dissolved

Ahmet Orken on the podium at the Tour of Turkey

(Image credit: Gokhan Balci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The sole Muslim rider on the Israel Cycling Academy team has quit the squad following US president Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Ahmet Orken, the Turkish rider who was due to join the team for the 2018 season, has announced that he will now not be joining up with the team because of "the effect that the recent events in the Middle East had on me and my family".

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.