The Alberto Contador Foundation will manage the new Trek-Segafredo development team, a continental squad that will be sponsored by Polartec and Kometa.
Alberto Contador, as creator of the Foundation that bears his name, joins in this way his former teammate and friend Ivan Basso, who will be the sport manager for the project, while Fran Contador will take over the administrative management.
Trek-Segafredo has relied on the experience accumulated in the last five seasons by the Alberto Contador Foundation in the management of its junior and under-23 teams, as well as the school for the youngest, to take another step forward in training young cyclists during their first professional stage.
The new team aims to offer an opportunity for professional training for young people from both the Contador Foundation and other European and world schools, continuing the work already initiated by Trek-Segafredo and which has been main responsible Ivan Basso during this last season. The sponsors, the US firm Polartec and the Italian company Kometa, who are also of the Alberto Contador Foundation, have signed a three-year commitment, which guarantees the project’s stability.
The team will have the bikes and the technical support of Trek Factory Racing, will be the team where the future Trek-Segafredo cyclists mature and will have its operational base in Pinto (Madrid), in the same headquarters of the rest of the teams of the Foundation Alberto Contador, but also with a strong connection with the Italian Valtellina, especially with Bormio, where the team will organize successive training camps in different periods of the season.
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Ivan Basso: “This team is the realization of a professional dream that Alberto and me have matured for a long time, after sharing many experiences as cyclists and friends. We wanted to create something together and I am happy and proud to have achieved this thanks to the support of Trek-Segafredo, who for a year has given me the responsibility to follow the young talent linked to its team. Our main objective is to continue working with the young people, an ideal that has united us, Trek-Segafredo, Polartec and Kometa in this adventure”.
Alberto Contador: “What has united Ivan and me in this project is the illusion of giving back to cycling a little of everything that it has given us. We are convinced that by joining forces we can do much more to help young people reach professional level. Thanks to Polartec and Kometa, along with the fundamental support of Trek-Segafredo, where I feel like at home, Contador Foundation, directed by my brother Fran, takes a very important step and adds a Continental team to the School and teams Juniors and Under-23, which will continue to form the young riders in the values embodied in cycling: teamwork, solidarity, perseverance and sacrifice. “
Luca Guercilena: “To Trek-Segafredo to invest in the young is not only a necessity, but also an ethical commitment with the future of cycling. After a year of working with Alberto, we have a lot of confidence in his Foundation for the work they are doing with the young people and that is why we have offered them the management of this great project. As a professional team, our goal is to find and develop the best cycling talent and we believe that with the Alberto Contador Foundation we have found the best way to do it”.