The Italian cyclist Alessandro Fancellu, who this Thursday won the bronze medal in the junior road race of the Innsbruck 2018 World Championship, will wear the colors of the Polartec-Kometa sub23 next season. Endorsed by the team manager Ivan Basso, the transalpine runner disembarks in the category in the squad led by Rafa Diaz Justo from Toledo. All a step forward for the second team of the Foundation, which begins to position itself as a reference in the amateur field.
Fancellu (Como, 24 April 2000) comes from the Club Ciclístico Canturino 1902, sports society of Cantú, and becomes the first reinforcement of the amateur formation of Madrid for the next campaign. In a demanding test, hardened by the very high pace, some severe crashes and a tremendous comeback, after being involved in a fall, the gold medal Remco Evenepoel, Fancellu set a brilliant performance and won a medal after a hard fight with the Swiss Alexandre Balmer. Fancellu and Balmer were just thirteen seconds away from fighting for the silver medal won by the German Marius Mayrhofer.
“Remco was the strongest. A very hard race. I’m bursting, but at the same time in a cloud. I didn’t expect to get a result like this”, explains Fancellu from Innsbruck. “When the Polartec-Kometa contacted me it was a really beautiful moment, I was very happy to receive this opportunity. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to be part of this beautiful squad. I am very happy. And looking forward to competing with Polartec-Kometa”.
“I am very proud to be able to add such a young rider like him to our cycling project”, says Ivan Basso. “From the first minute we contacted him Alessandro showed us his willingness to come. La Canturino is one of the most interesting cycling schools we have in Italy and I am very grateful for his work and collaboration. This third place in the world championship is the best entry photo in our squad and I am sure that with our experience we can help you in the growth of your sporting career”.
Rafa Diaz Justo, director of the U23 squad: “For the team is a news to have among us the third world category, is a reinforcement that has to give us a lot of motivation to continue working for the future. That he has been able to do third place in a world championship as hard as this one tells us a lot about him as a rider. This type of racing is not for any cyclist. Evenepoel is from another galaxy. But Fancellu has shown that he is among the best in the world. He is a pure climber, but he has a lot of tactical vision. He hasn’t stood out for winning much, but going deeper into his year he has many good positions in big races”.
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