Another season, and during 2021 the eighth, the structure of the Contador Foundation under 23 will return to the roads. A fundamental team in the development of our project, as much as the Plaza Eboli Cycling Academy or the youth team, which from the first day has been doing a sensational job in the growth of new riders and their promotion towards professionalism. The Riojan Arturo Grávalos, who jumps into our EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team, is the latest rider to join an ever-longer list.
The 2021 season has become, even several months before his arrival, one of the most eagerly awaited in history. The main reason is the COVID-19. The influence of the pandemic on the sporting calendar and its normal development has been enormous. And at all levels.
Beyond the numerous suspensions and postponements, the riders of our U23 team and all the members of the staff have demonstrated their great physical and mental value. From the first one, harvesting great results. Of the second, by adapting to a contrariness of the magnitude of a confinement and the management of its uncertainties.
Such an atypical campaign also invites atypical decisions. For 2021 we are slightly increasing the composition of the workforce. The objective is twofold.
On the one hand, to have several riders who go on to the elite category and who, in a year as tremendously hard as this 2020, have not been able to complete their day-to-day work with the normality that they should in their dream of reaching the professional squad. This will be the first time since the U23 team was set up that this has happened. On the other hand, to face a wider and more international calendar.
At the Contador Foundation we work every day with the double objective of promoting cycling and raising awareness about stroke. Cycling as a communication channel has proven its effectiveness and validity. But cycling is much more than competition. That is why we are also very satisfied with projects such as Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA, which is about solidarity, or En Bici, which is about education and training. Since the end of 2020, we have launched Idemticos, an initiative that brings cycling closer to people who suffer from functional diversity.
Greetings and health,
Francisco Javier Contador