The Andalusian cyclist Carlos Rodríguez will disembark in the WorldTour category next season with the help of the British Team Ineos. The structure of Dave Brailsford, winner of six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France, has ensured the services of the young rider from Almuñecar for at least the next four seasons. A long term contract for the young Granadino, who reached the age of majority last February 2.
Rodríguez has competed in the last two campaigns in the youth team of the Alberto Contador Foundation, where he stopped after passing through the Selection Campus organised in Zaragoza by the restaurant chain La Mafia se sienta a la mesa. In these two courses, where the cyclist has maintained a brilliant academic record, has reaped many successes both with his team and with the Spanish team.
Winner of the 2018 Spanish Cup, during 2019 the Andalusian has won the Tour de Gironde (France) or the Vuelta al Besaya. Rodríguez has also validated his triumph in the final general of the Bizkaiko Itzulia and has won in events such as the Klasika Gipuzkoa or the first appointment of the Spanish Cup, in Vila-Real, the Memorial Juan Bautista Llorens. His sporting adventures have not gone unnoticed within the cycling universe. In September, competing with the Spanish selection of its category to prepare for the World Yorshire, finished second overall in the final Volta a la Provincia de Valencia elite category and sub23. Rodriguez also won in one stage.
“Carlos is a boy with some really outstanding physical qualities for cycling. During these two years in which he has been in our team has shown on not a few occasions both his strength and his ability to read the races. Especially admirable was his ability to sacrifice when, in transfers or in hotels, with all the hustle and bustle that implies, he organized himself to study and prepare his work or exams. He has a lot of future ahead of him and I wish him all the best,” says Guillermo Gutiérrez, director of the Kometa Cycling Team junior.
“It is a source of pride for us that one of the most powerful structures in cycling today is one of our runners, because it comes to reward the great work that is being done in the youth category and, in addition, the importance of an initiative such as the Campus Selection that we organize annually. At the Foundation we have set ourselves the objective of training good cyclists and we continue to work. Personally, I would have liked to have been able to count on Carlos for more time in the Foundation’s teams, and that he would have faced some season with our U23 structure, but these are not decisions that are in our hands. For our part, it only remains to wish him the best for his career,” says Francisco Javier Contador, general manager of the sports structures of the Alberto Contador Foundation.
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