Fourteen cyclist will make up the squad of the Polartec-Kometa sub23 for 2019, a squad that will present six new riders with respect to the current course, although one of them, the Italian Alessandro Fancellu, recent bronze medal in the world championships of his category held in Innsbruck, had been confirmed recently.
The Riojan Arturo Grávalos (Caja Rural), the Asturian Eduardo Pérez-Landaluce (Cafés Baqué) and Yago Segovia (Kuota-Paulino), the Italian Alessio Acco (G. C. Romagnano) and the Catalan Álex Martín (Polartec-Kometa júnior) complete, together with Fancellu (24 April 2000), the reinforcement section of the Fundación Alberto Contador team. “We are going to have a quite compensated team, with many and very good climbers. Something that, possibly, will make us one of the teams to beat in the mountains,” says director Rafa Díaz Justo.
With respect to 2018 there are still eight cyclists: Jorge Pastor from Alicante, Sergio Hernández from Ávila, Joan Martí Bennassar from the Balearic Islands, Alejandro Regueiro from Galicia, Carlos García from Madrid, Sergio García and Alejandro Ropero from Andalusia and Jhon Stiven Ramírez from Colombia, who in turn joined at the end of May in the testing period, providing very interesting performances.
Álex Martín (25 January 2000), after a great 2018 with triumphs in the Cabedo Trophy, the Vuelta al Besaya, the Tour of l´Ain or the Vuelta a Talavera, jumps from the junior structure of the foundation and faces his landing and adaptation to a new category. Alessio Acco (April 4, 2000) was the Italian junior champion last year; “an all-terrain vehicle, with good speed but which also has a good time in the mountains”, explains the sports manager Félix García Casas.
Arturo Grávalos (March 2, 1998) is one of the best climbers in the amateur category. “In him we see an all-terrain long-distance runner”, contextualizes Díaz Justo. “He is probably the rider with the most vision for escapes and offensives, he has an impressive talent. With a little bit of speed you can get a lot of results”.
Eduardo Pérez-Landaluce (May 1, 1998) returns to a sports structure of the Fundación Alberto Contador after having been part of the junior team in 2015. “In the Euskadi Foundation he took a giant step; this year perhaps he has lived a more transitional season, but he is a cyclist who can give us a lot, for example with distant offensives”. Yago Segovia (27 November 1999) is also a very complete rider. “With an all-terrain profile”, condenses García Casas. “This season has shown us that he is a tireless cyclist, a great worker”, concludes Díaz Justo.
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