Alberto Contador returns to the Vuelta pack with Cofidis

The champion of the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta gets on the bike of the “Pedalón Solidario” of Cofidis to travel, together with a group of fans, kilometres that are transformed into euros to promote cycling among people with disabilities. Shortly before, the exciclista from Pinto inaugurates in Alicante the third stage of the Vuelta Junior Cofidis and support, both at the start and at the finish line, the 150 participating children, who enjoy his company and advice.

Alberto Contador has participated in the afternoon of this Monday in Alicante in the “Pedalón solidario” of Cofidis installed in the Park Vuelta. The exciclist has encouraged Alicante to pedal in the static bicycles that transform the miles traveled in euros to allocate to social projects linked to cycling adapted from the Foundation created by the exciclist.

Contador has climbed on the bicycle of the “Pedalón solidario” together with a group of fans from Alicante, who have also been able to share a few minutes with him. All of them have pedaled together and have covered their most beneficial kilometres.

“It is a very gratifying experience to encourage and accompany so many people to give the maximum in each pedal and thus get the maximum number of kilometers that will become euros solidarity,” said Contador, who also said that “the harmony with Cofidis is total because we both understand that we must return to society part of what this gives us.

The “Pedalón solidario” is part of the project “Cofidis, Pedaleando Contigo”, a pioneering initiative that the financial institution promoted in 2018 by the hand of the Spanish Paralympic Committee and the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation. The project, with a clear social vocation, was defined with a double objective. Firstly, to promote the social integration of people with disabilities through cycling, for which the “Pedalón solidario” (Solidarity Pedal) was set in motion. And, secondly, to support the development of Spanish Paralympic cycling through the creation of the Paralympic Promises Cofidis Team.

A few hours earlier, children were the protagonists

Before pedalling for social inclusion projects, Alberto Contador has inaugurated the third of the ten stages of the Vuelta Junior Cofidis, the program promoted by the financial institution, which this year reaches its ninth edition and aims to promote road safety education, bicycle use and healthy habits among Spanish schoolchildren.

The exciclist has given the start of a stage in which 150 schoolchildren belonging to several schools in the city have participated. Everyone was able to share some time with him and listen to the advice of the champion of the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta. In addition to being present at the start, Contador also gave prizes to the children at the end, who covered the last kilometre of the stage just a few hours before the elders arrived and were able to compete in a healthy way and live the atmosphere of professional cycling from within.

“The children are the future and I am very excited to see them so excited before participating in the Vuelta Junior Cofidis”, said the Spaniard, who also wanted to highlight that “seeing their happy faces after running the last kilometre is priceless”.

In addition to Torrevieja, Calpe and Alicante, where the stages have already been held, the Vuelta Junior Cofidis comes this year to El Puig (morning, August 27), Igualada (Saturday, August 31), Bilbao (Thursday, September 5), Oviedo (Saturday, September 7), Guadalajara (Wednesday, September 11), Toledo (Friday, September 13) and Madrid (Sunday, September 15). These ten stages are the culmination of the Cycling Classrooms, theoretical and practical classes on road safety education and the use of the bicycle developed in dozens of schools in Spain during the months prior to the celebration of the Vuelta.

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Contador gets on the bike for Rigoberto Urán’s career: he will run ‘El Giro de Rigo’

The former Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, who won the three big laps, confirmed his participation in «El Giro de Rigo», organized by the Colombian Rigoberto Urán, of the Education First team, and whose route will cover an important coffee region of his country.

«Hello hello, today I have to announce something that makes me very excited, and that is that very soon I will visit Colombia, but this time by bicycle, first visit to Colombia to ride a bicycle with all of you who always transmit all your love to me », Says Contador in a video published by the organizers.

Mijos, this November 3, very special guest for #elgiroderigo my parcero @albertocontador who will shoot for the first time with all of us in Quindio, Colombia. In addition, on Saturday 2 of the same month he will present his conference “Wanting is Power”

The race, which on November 2 will cover ten towns in the department of Quindío, whose capital is Armenia, will have two paths: one of 95 kilometers and another of 145 kilometers, and both cyclists will be able to participate: «We are going to have a great time, so there are no excuses, there is still time to train well and see you soon, ”he said.

Contador won two editions of the Tour of Italy (2008 and 2015), two of the Tour de France (2007 and 2009) and three of the Tour of Spain (2008, 2012 and 2014). In the first edition of “El Giro de Rigo” held last year in the department of Antioquia, which is the capital of Medellin, participated the British Chris Froome, quadruple champion of the Tour de France.

Alberto Contador is Gobik’s new global ambassador 

Competitiveness, tenacity and attention to detail are the values that frame this agreement

The Spanish champion and Gobik work to launch in 2019 a textile collection commemorating his professional career.

Alberto Contador, one of the best Spanish cyclists in history, is Gobik’s new world ambassador.
“Since my retirement from professional cycling I have spent my time between the Alberto Contador Foundation and their different cycling teams, from school to continental squad, the Eurosport cycling broadcasts, to be ambassador of L´ Etape du Tour and in coaching conferences for companies”, comments Alberto Contador.
In his bikes routes with the friends, more relaxed, without the pressure of professionalism, he was struck by the Gobik clothes of some of his fellow riders. “The days go by and you see colleagues wearing clothes that you like, that attract attention. I asked about the brand and that’s how I got to know Gobik”, he says.

Designs and qualities of Gobik
“Modern, elegant and classy” thus defines the first impression Gobik’s designs made on Alberto Contador. To the design, Alberto Contador adds the quality of the garment: “Its performance is tremendous, it is light, it transpires a lot and one thing I value a lot: it fits perfectly. Its aerodynamism is remarkable”.

The “Alberto Contador line”
Among the projects launched is a collection commemorating Alberto Contador’s cycling career, a truly special and exclusive line of clothing for the thousands of fans that the Madrid-born rider has all over the world.
“We’re working on this line, and we’re taking some time to find the formula. It would be the kind of clothes I’d like to wear. Meanwhile, I continue to test their collections and pass on my knowledge and advice”, continues Contador.
From the brand, José Ramon Ortin, member of Gobik, affirms: “In addition to cementing our communication in his figure and counting on his presence in national and international events, Alberto Contador will sign with us a very exclusive textile line as well as other limited and commemorative editions of his professional career”.

Gobik’s global bet 

José Ramón admits that “this brand step towards the world of road racing must serve as a complement to what Gobik already started in 2018 in the MTB World Cup with Primaflor Mondraker and that we will continue in 2019 with the new team of Carlos Coloma -BH Temples Café UCC-, Compass Bike, Absolute Absalon, among others”.

Alberto Contador therefore means, Ortin speaks, “the global strengthening of our brand, giving it competitive meanings, non-conformism … which in the end take us to new markets and new customers”.

About Gobik

Gobik, is a young and restless cycling apparel company born eight years ago and based in Yecla (Murcia, Spain).

Neat lines and vibrant colors to inspire very special and strong clothing that breathe the cyclist personality. This is the definition of Gobik.

100% of the production is made in Spain, although its international progress is constant taking part in international and outstanding events such as Mallorca312, Garmin Titan Desert, Gran Fondo Alberto Contador, Powerade Non Stop Madrid-Tajo Internacional-Lisboa, Transpyr, Mediterranean Epic, Gran Fondo Lisboa, Rally di Romagna…. and World Tour events like Volta a Catalunya.

Recently Gobik announced his partnership with pro road team Caja Rural-RGA Seguros and Alberto Contador Foundation teams.

Skoda joins Bicis para la Vida project

The Fundación Alberto Contador and the Hotel Sercotel Princesa Éboli de Pinto celebrate a solidarity dinner to raise funds next October 26 where the agreement will be presented.

Skoda, the Czech automobile company that is part of the Volkswagen group, intensifies its collaboration with the Fundación Alberto Contador. The brand, which already sponsors the different sports formations of the entity -junior, sub23 and continental categories- expands its presence in the world of the bicycle hand in hand with the Madrid institution with its presence in a more supportive side.

Skoda, one of the companies with the greatest presence in the world of universal cycling, will now sponsor the Bicis para la Vida project, the initiative co-sponsored by the Fundación Alberto Contador and the Seur Foundation; a commitment to give a second life to unused bicycles for less favoured groups, or those at risk of exclusion, and isolated communities in Third World or developing countries.

This important agreement, which brings new energy to Bicis para la Vida, will live its official launch during the solidarity dinner organised on 26 October by the Hotel Sercotel Princesa de Éboli and the Fundación Alberto Contador. A gala, with its scheduled start at 20.30 pm, which will raise funds to address a new shipment of material to the Moroccan High Atlas.

“That a leading company in its sector such as Skoda is involved in the activities of the foundation is something that generates a deep gratitude. They support our sports structures with their vehicles and since they knew about the existence and motivation of Bicis para la Vida they have expressed their interest in supporting and sustaining it. We are very grateful and we are sure that their support will help us to popularize and strengthen this project,” says Fran Contador, General Manager of the teams.

This solidarity dinner, with a price of 35 euros per person whose amount will go entirely to the program, would be impossible without the collaboration of Kometa, Caixabank, the restaurants La Mafia se sienta a la mesa, Ultracongelados Delfín and Dana Marketing Solidario. For all those who can not attend and want to collaborate with the project, they can do so through Mesa 0 (ES88 2038 2453 5560 0018 9919).

** Solidarity Dinner, Friday 26 October (20.30 h) at the Sercotel Princesa Éboli de Pinto (Calle Pablo Picasso, 10).

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Great success of participation in the II School Race of the Fundación Alberto Contador

Magnificent day of cycling in the morning of this Sunday with the celebration, in Pinto (Madrid), of the second edition of the Race Schools of the Fundación Alberto Contador. A second edition with a great power of call for both the training tests as well as popular races with non-federated participants promoted in the prolegomena to bring the competition by bicycle. As a whole, the 300 participants have been comfortably surpassed between both sides, federated and not federated, with 231 riders divided between the categories alevín, infantile, promotion and beginner and more than a hundred in the three popular races held according to the distribution by ages.

In the circuit of the avenue of Juan Pablo II, in the heart of the district of Tenería of the population of Madrid, have come together riders from many parts of the Spanish geography. Cyclists from Galicia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Comunidad Valenciana, Murcia and Andalucía, as well as different schools from the Community of Madrid. But there has also been an international presence. Up to thirteen Italian runners have taken part in the different events with the full representation of the Unione Ciclistica Costamasnaga.

The Coslada Cycling Union has been the great dominator of this last event in the schools calendar of the Madrid Federation. Among other results, Filippo Colella (U. C. Costamasnaga) and Carla Pablos (U. C. Coslada) were the winners in Principantes; in Alevín, the first place corresponded to Rubén Sánchez (U. C. Coslada) and Irene Moreno (U. C. Coslada); in the Infantil category Jorge García (U. C. Fuenlabrada) and Celia Ramírez (U. C. Fuenlabrada) won.

“It has been a really good experience. They are different races for us because of the way we run, the developments used,… But for the kids it has been something wonderful. It pays us absolutely to do 1,600 kilometers to be here. It’s our icing on the cake, a prize for the kids. We have just won the Italian championship for schools for the third year running. We are very grateful to the Foundation for all its facilities and help,” explains Antonio Usuelli, director of the Unione Ciclistica Costamasnaga.

“It’s very exciting to see so many children from all over Spain, and also from abroad, on a day like this. Many come from far away and I remember when I started. Many families have made an important economic effort, because there is accommodation, travel… Yes, I want to tell all those parents that every kilometre, every effort they make, is an investment in the education of their children. I don’t think there is any other sport like cycling to educate your children in the values of companionship, teamwork, discipline, sacrifice… As a father, a recent father, I would sign that my son would be raised until he was eighteen years old in this wonderful world,” explained Alberto Contador during the award ceremony.

“But I do want to tell the kids that the important thing is to enjoy, no matter what you do,” Contador continues. “I started late, relatively late, in cadets. I didn’t win anything. Also, I would take off the hook if two wrong curves came… And then in the long run it was something better. Right now it’s all about having fun, having fun. You can go out on a bike if you like.

Förr har online casinon kunnat kunna erbjuda sina service till kunder i Sverige de har 1 licens direkt i Europa. Mestadels har online casinon sina licens i Malta, Gibraltar & Storbritannien. Här i sverige har de tidigare ej funnits nån möjlighet till privatägda online casinon att anhålla om att ta del av en tillstånd. Officiellt innehar den nordiska staten ägt monopol via lotterier å oddsspel via Svenska Casino spel och ATG men med tanke på att monopol är ganska förbjudet vid Europa erbjuder utländska online casinon ändå kunnat arbeta i den nordiska marknaden, också fast dem tidigare icke kunnat äga sin huvudbas i Sverige.

And if not, no casinos svensk licens. The time will come for a major discipline, if it has to come.

På flera säsong har regeringen arbetat genom att skapa ett ramverk för att ha möjlighet att reglera internet casinon vars riktar sig till nordiska spelare. Det för att klara av överta kontrollen över internet från utländska aktörer som troligen kunnat jobba på den svenska marknaden förutan att va skattepliktiga i sverige. Möjlighet till att beskatta online casinon (18%), minskar nu oxå riskerna just för att råka iväg för oseriösa aktörer samt samtidigt tillämpar det öppning att ta fram större säkerhet för individer med missbruksproblematik.

And you have to apply yourself to studies. All children who want to join the Foundation’s teams need to know that in the campus selection process the academic curriculum is just as important as the sports curriculum”.

This second edition of the Fundación Alberto Contador School Race would have been impossible without the collaboration of the Pinto Town Hall, the Plaza Éboli Shopping Centre, the restaurants La Mafia se sienta a la mesa, the E.Leclerc supermarkets, the Hotel Princesa de Éboli, the restaurant La Capilla and Rotor Bike Components.

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Alberto Contador continues linked to Trek as international ambassador

Alberto Contador has reached an agreement with Trek to continue linked to the American bicycle brand as international ambassador, a project that is especially satisfying, given that he achieved his first Tour de France at the controls of a Trek bike, with which he also got his first Giro d’Italia and his first Vuelta a España, to retire after one last victory in the legendary Angliru, also pedaling on a Trek.

The first appearance as international ambassador of Trek took place in Portugal on the occasion of the Granfondo Douro, held on May 6, where he was accompanied, among others, by Óscar Pereiro, also in the work of ambassador of the American brand.

From this moment on, Alberto Contador will be the image of Trek in various events, still to be defined, while in the day to day he will exercise as a special tester of the new Trek products, to whom he will offer his feedback as an expert.

“Being linked to Trek makes me especially excited, because it has been an important part of my career. With these bikes I got my first big triumphs in Paris-Nice and in the Tour de France 2007 and with a Trek bike I took my farewell to my career in the last stage of the Vuelta España 2017 in Madrid and also with it I got my last victory in the Angliru”, explains Alberto Contador.

“Now that I am no longer an active cyclist, I enjoy my bike even more than before, because I can go out pedaling without the pressure of competition and feel really comfortable about the entire range of Trek bikes. And last but not least, we are also using Trek bikes in the Polartec-Kometa team, which perfectly complements our work and allows us to follow the evolution of all innovations in full competition”, concludes the winner of the Big Three.


Alberto Contador and 312 Bike & Tours join forces to create an International Cycling Gran Fondo

The organiser of Mallorca 312 will provide its expertise to the Fundación Alberto Contador on the 29th of September at Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

The company 312 Bike & Tours, organiser of the Mallorca 312, has reached an agreement with the Fundación Alberto Contador in order to boost their event. This alliance intends to result in a leap in quality for the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador, and to provide a more attractive and challenging event for the participant. From 2018 onwards, one of the organisation’s main goals will also be the event’s internationalisation.

These are precisely the strengths of 312 Bike & Tours, which in nine editions has managed to consolidate the Mallorca 312 as the most international gran fondo of the Spanish calendar and also as one of the most demanding ones. It will feature the participation of 8000 people from 53 different nationalities in its ninth edition. At a local level, the Mallorca 312 has significantly increased the number of licenses and cycling clubs since its creation, and has also played an important role in the deseasonalisation of tourism to the island as it is held in the month of April.

This will be the eighth edition for the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador, which in 2017 featured a thousand participants. In 2018, it will take place on the 29th of September at Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort, with Alberto Contador in the lead, and already as a former professional cyclist. Online registrations will open shortly and will be limited to 2000 participants.

Alberto Contador attended today to the ‘Sport Breakfasts of Europa Press’

“I want to return to cycling what cycling has given to me”

Alberto Contador, the only Spanish cyclist with the big three (Tour, Vuelta and Giro) in his record and recently retired after 15 years as a professional, today attended the ‘Europa Press Sports Breakfasts’, where he pointed out that he is “exciting and I’m proud of the fact that many fans cried on the day of my victory in the Angliru”.

After fifteen years in professional cycling and seven (official) big tours in his record, the Madrilenian, close to turn 35, faces “very busy” the months after his retirement, according to the EFE Agency. “These months are very intense, the schedule is very tight, but I am happy to have projects and goals that excite me, it have been intense and demanding for 15 years, I always gave everything for victory, sometimes I was deprived of podiums and victories, but cycling is spectacle and emotions”.

Contador summarized his feelings recalling the stage of the Vuelta in which he arrived for the second time as a winner at the top of Angliru. “In the Vuelta 2017 I lost the options on the third day in Andorra but that fact allowed me to run my way, without calculator, and attack in unimportant ports, it had a higher value because people enjoyed the Vuelta. Telling me that they cried the day of the Angliru excites me and makes me proud”, he explained.

In his new life, Contador focuses on the development of the Alberto Contador Foundation, where he will work with youngs and with the aim of training kids through the sport of his life. “I am a very active person, I cannot stay at home, I have the Foundation with the objective of returning to cycling what cycling has given to me”.

Likewise, he will attend the fight against stroke, a disease that nearly cost him his life in 2004. “I suffered a stroke, I saved my life and I was able to return to the competition, I will take care of that branch and also that of cycling, to train kids through sports and cycling, that has important values”. Contador said that when he is a father he would like to train his son in the values ​​of sports and cycling, but he said he would not like to be a cyclist.

The “Pistolero” of Pinto considered “a pride” to be compared with the Italian Marco Pantani, since “he was a spectacle and made different attacks” and the fact of being recognized by the fans of cycling, even in other countries. Contador described his sanction for doping as an injustice, without a doubt the worst moment of his career. “That is the hardest thing that can happen to you at a sporting level, and personally for you and your family, I fought hard to show that it was not a case of doping, and people who followed the case would see that it was not a case doping, but sometimes there is no justice, I know clearly that it is not worth everything to achieve a goal, children see you as an example”, he said.

On the other hand, referring to mechanical doping based on the camouflage of an engine on a bicycle, Contador did not believe on that fraudulent system. “I do not believe in the use of the engine in top level racing, it does not cross my mind, if I had seen that I would have stayed at home”, he said. SE The Madrilenian defended the Swiss Fabian Cancellara, accused of using a motor in a race. “Cancellara did demonstrations throughout his career and did not need those practices”.

With Ivan Basso at the Polartec-Kometa

Alberto, who will attend the official presentation of the Giro d’Italia tomorrow in Milan, commented on the possibility of Chris Froome running the next edition of the Italian tour. “He has a great team and although the Giro is a different race and has a different climate, Froome is able to win it. It’s logical that he want to try”.

Alberto Contador was accompanied today by Ivan Basso, with whom he has launched the last project of his Foundation, the Polartec-Kometa Continental, also the development team of the Trek-Segafredo and embryo of what they dream a team of maximum category in the near future. The cyclist from Pinto said he shares with the Italian champion “the passion for cycling and for transmitting to young generations the values of sport”. Basso, for his part, stressed that the two share the idea of ​​”transmitting to the young the illusion for the little things, not only for winning big tours, but for never forgetting the child that we have inside and that is deluded with his first bicycle. The secret to make great champions is to take care of them from the base, to transmit the sport’s culture that cycling treasures”, he concluded.

Contador launches Continental team, eyes WorldTour.

TUCSON, Arizona (VN) — Alberto Contador may have stepped off the bike and retired in September after finishing the Vuelta a Espana, but his formidable presence in cycling will continue as he adds “Continental team owner” to his resume.

Polartec-Kometa is the newest addition to the Alberto Contador Foundation banner of teams and will serve as the development team for WorldTour squad Trek-Segafredo. Junior and under-23 teams round out the quorum.

The U23 team gathered in Tucson for a training camp earlier this month, with four riders from the Continental team joining them. Contador was coy in his opening remarks about the program’s ambitions.

“In this moment, we work to have good professional riders in the future in different teams,” Contador said about the program’s riders progressing to the next level. “Of course, we also look to the front. We want to continue to go step-by-step … I will not say one or the other whether at the WorldTour level with a WorldTour team.”

When VeloNews followed up with Contador on one of the team’s training rides about whether there will be an Alberto Contador Foundation team in the WorldTour in the future, he confirmed that is his plan.

The Continental team will be comprised of 11 riders, only four of whom are from Spain. The diversity is surprising, considering the majority of the riders on the junior and U23 teams are Spanish.

The four Continental riders present in Tucson were U23 Spanish national road race champion Isaac Cantón, Juan Camacho, Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, and Diego Pablo Sevilla. Both Ballesteros and Sevilla joined the Alberto Contador Foundation as juniors and have progressed through the ranks.

Ivan Basso with continental team riders (left to right) Juan Camacho, Isaac Cantón, Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, and Diego Pablo Sevilla. Photo: Polartec

Polartec, an international fabric company headquartered in the United States and known throughout the cycling world for boasting clients such as Rapha and Castelli, has worked with the foundation’s teams for the last three years, since the previous kit sponsor uses Polartec fabrics. The company has agreed to a new three-year sponsorship deal, as has co-title sponsor Kometa, an Italian company.

Polartec’s sponsorship also calls for it to provide the team’s apparel, which will serve as the company’s first foray into cycling apparel design. As a result, Polartec has decided it will not sell the team garments to the general public — at least for the first year.

Gary Smith, who took over as Polartec CEO in 2012, decided to partner with the foundation because of the people involved.

“Just speaking candidly, we weren’t looking to sponsor a cycling team,” Smith said. “There’s lots of places as a company you can spend money to have your logo displayed. I’m not a big believer in that. It’s superficial and not distinctive.

“Working with this team, we’ve talked about the people and the relationship aspect, which is super important. And there’s lots of places you can choose to work. There’s great people and a compelling mission behind what they are trying to do.”

The camp in Arizona was Smith’s doing.

“To get on a plane, cross multiple time zones, have to ride, that’s a life lesson, whether you become a professional cyclist or not,” Smith said. “As a businessperson, I have to deal with that constantly. Flying time zones, adjusting to different cultures, different foods, strange beds, all that sort of thing. I think it’s a really good thing as young men for them to experience that.”

Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso ‘passed the fire’ to his pupils of Polartec-Kometa

Invited by Polartec, Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso ‘passed the fire’ of cycling to their young pupils in a fantastic building camp developed in Tucson (Arizona, USA) last week. Gary Smith, CEO of Polartec, was the host of this first contact that was attended by all the staff of the Contador Foundation and a large representation of its riders, who next year will have a total of 38 cyclists among the Continental, Sub 23 and Junior teams, in addition to the 40 children enrolled in the Plaza Éboli School in Pinto.

‘Passing the fire’ has been the motto under which the week of training in Arizona has passed, a splendid prize that Gary Smith has wanted to offer to the Contador Foundation and that he had been planning for several years. Finally, the Contador Foundation was able to visit the United States, the country of origin of its main sponsor, Polartec, and pay its particular tribute, pedaling in the stunning scenery of the Arizona desert.

As a culmination to this stage, the Polartec-Kometa was able to test for the first time the competition kit that Polartec has designed for the 2018 season, garments of great technical performance and made entirely with Polartec fabrics. But also, to commemorate the visit to Arizona, a special and exclusive design of the entire collection of next season was used with the colors of the flag of this American state, worn by both riders and guests at this event.

“This is our first visit to the United States in these three years of collaboration with Polartec and it has been a great experience”, says Fran Contador, manager of the Foundation. “Here we have shown the result of our joint work and we have used the next year equipment for the first time, but with the colors of Arizona, which were the colors of this building camp. We are all very happy with both this work and the great atmosphere we have had during these days of conviviality. This visit is a great motivation to work hard in 2018. The Contador Foundation continues to grow with the incorporation of our first professional team and we are lucky to have people with us very motivated and committed, who will help us to make the difference with this project”.

Alberto Contador, for his part, highlighted the example he wants to give to his young riders. “For us, the most important thing is that our cyclists understand that if they want to get to the top they must give themselves 100% to the bike, as Ivan Basso and I have done, so when they finish their sporting career they know they gave everything and feel proud of what they have achieved”.

Ivan Basso stressed that in Arizona they had spent “a few days doing a more important job than a mere training, because we will see the result throughout the year. Here we had time to know each other and to know not only the physical, but also the human capabilities of our riders”, explained the double winner of the Giro d’Italia, very happy also with the hospitality of Polartec. “We are fortunate to have sponsors who feel this project as their own and with whom we form a group willing to work and remain together for a long time. Our dream is to make history and that within ten years, when we look back, we have something nice to tell everyone”.

A good example of Polartec-Kometa’s riders invited to Arizona is Juan Camacho, formed during his four years as under 23 in the Contador Foundation and that in 2018 will be part of the Continental team. “Be professional is a change I needed, because after 4 seasons in the Under-23 team I needed a new motivation”.

Juan feels “happy and proud to pass professional within the same project of the Contador Foundation. I’m lucky and I want to take the opportunity. Being in the same team I think it will be easier to adapt to the category, among other things because we have with us people with a great experience like Jesús Hernández, Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador. I want to make good use of this time”, says this rider, one of the most experienced. “We are a very young team, but all the teammates have given me a very good impression as persons and as athletes. We have a very good level and I think we’re going to give a lot to talk about next year”.