Six new faces in a U23 team from Fundación Contador that confirms its 2021 roster
Nine cyclists continue and six join the Contador Foundation’s under-23 project for the 2021 season. A campaign in which the team directed by Rafa Díaz Justo increases its staff to fifteen riders and faces a calendar that, in addition to the great commitments of each season, will also be more international.
The Cantabrian Álvaro García and the Italians Andrea Montoli and Davide Piganzoli are the three riders who join the cyclists who promote from the junior team already confirmed days ago: the Andalusian José Luis Medina, the Catalan Arnau Gilabert and the Madrid Alejandro Luna del Cerro. The Balearic Joan Martí Bennassar, the Catalan Álex Martin, the Castilian-Leonese Vicente Hernaiz, the Castilian-La Mancha Fernando Tercero, the Asturian Edu Pérez-Landaluce and Yago Segovia, the Andalusian Mario Vilches and David Martin and the Italian Alessio Acco make up the base of the team.
García (1999), who is now in his fourth year in the category, competed last season in the amateur Caja Rural. The cyclist from Torrelavega has accumulated extensive experience in the Basque and Navarre calendars, competing with the Telco’m during his first two seasons as an under 23 rider. Montoli (2002) arrives after winning the Italian junior title two months ago in such an iconic setting for cycling as the Madonna del Ghisallo. The cyclist from Parabiagio, near Milan, comes from Canturino 1902. Pingazoli (2002), born in Morbegno di Sondrio, is a rider raised in the Trevigliese Cycling Club who in this 2020 has won the bronze medal in the Italian national time trial.
Rafa Díaz Justo, director of the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team U23: “We have a good team. The three elite cyclists that we are going to have in the team leave with the desire to make a special year to achieve the jump next season and other cyclists, as is the case of Fernando Tercero, is already more done to the category and will be able to demonstrate many things. With the youngsters who make the jump we want to go quietly, without so much pressure, we think another year of adaptation is always good for them. With Álvaro we think he can develop his full potential with us. In short, a very nice team, very solvent for the different competitions of the national calendar and that we also want it to be solvent in the different international commitments that we will face”.
Félix García Casas, sports director of the Contador Foundation: “We have put together a great team, very versatile and with a lot of quality, and we want to take a step forward also at an international level, because we think it is something very interesting, I would even say fundamental, for the training and progression of the boys. In 2021, with the jump of the continental team to the ProTeam category, we want to have presence in some tests of its calendar, as they could be Aosta or the Giro U23, and to return to others as it could be L’Isard”.
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