Javi Serrano returns to the Foundation and becomes the first reinforcement of the U23 squad for the 2022 season
Javi Serrano (17 April 2001) returns to the Contador Foundation. The rider from Madrid, who until now was part of the Italian Biesse Averdi, will compete in the U23 team of the Contador Foundation for the rest of the season and also next season. His debut with the new colours is scheduled for the last race of the Spanish Cup 2021, the Clásica de Pascua de Padrón, which will be held on August 7.
Serrano returns to the Foundation after having spent time with its junior team during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, an arrival that came about after being one of those chosen by the coaching staff at the Selection Camp held in Zaragoza in 2017. Serrano was part of one of the most iconic squads among all those that the Foundation has had, a team that also included riders such as Carlos Rodríguez, Raúl García Pierna or Fernando Tercero, among others.
In 2020 Serrano went to Italy to make the leap to the continental category with a new sports project that was going to act as a satellite structure of the Belgian Deceuninck, but that adventure never made it to the road and found a place in the Caja Rural U23. For 2021 Serrano returned to Italy to compete with Biesse Averdi, which gave him the opportunity to compete in several races, including the Giro U23.
“All this time has been a great personal experience for me, I have learned a lot about another type of cycling and I think it has helped me to make a leap in quality both as a cyclist and on a personal level. I am very motivated by the possibility of returning home and, in advance, I am very grateful to all this exciting project for the great welcome they have given me”, says Javi Serrano about his return.
“I have always had a very good relationship with both Rafa Díaz Justo and Carlos Barredo, we have kept in touch and a few months ago the possibility of such an opportunity began to arise. Looking at the project as a whole, it was a no-brainer. I’ve always been very happy here and I’m very excited to be able to come back”.
Fran Contador, general manager of the Foundation’s teams: “Javi is a guy who has been with us in the past, who knows the teams well and how we work. He is a very interesting signing, with a lot of quality, very brave and capable of going abroad. Personally, I’m especially excited that he’s coming back to us in his goal of becoming a professional rider after all the experience he has accumulated in continental structures”.
Serrano’s arrival reinforces a squad that in the last two months has had the departures of the Andalusian Mario Vilches and the Italian Alessio Acco, in both cases for personal reasons and in search of new sporting opportunities.