Some comments called for the harm of the riders, alluding to "a sniper on the Tour," referring to it "'bird shooting' as they do in Palestine."
Niv's background is mostly in mountain climbing, with only three years of experience in competitive cycling, making him an interesting pick.
As a World Tour competitor, Israel Start-Up Nation got an automatic bid to participate in the 2020 UAE Tour.
"I joined ICA to fulfil my biggest dream: Racing in the World Tour and Tour De France!" 23-year-old Chokri Elmehdi from Morocco said.
Monumental accomplishment for five-year-old squad to participate in world's most prestigious race.