Luca Spada, CEO of EOLO, and Giacomo Pedranzini, CEO of KOMETA, presented this Tuesday at Casa EOLO the main lines of the new EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team that in 2021 will face its first season in the ProTeam category. The current circumstances imposed by the global health situation and its influence on mobility have turned the event, originally conceived as a launch of the sponsorship with the presence of the whole team, into a more global and theoretical presentation of a project that in a few days will begin its second pre-season stage at Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort.
During the online press conference, held in Busto Arsizio following all the health and capacity protocols, the sports manager Ivan Basso reviewed the profile of the twenty riders who will make up this first adventure of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team. The team is made up of riders of five different nationalities (Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Hungary and Portugal) with an average age of 25.3 years.
Luca Spada, President and founder of EOLO: “We strongly believe in the project that officially starts today and we are excited to support an Italian team of young talents. At EOLO we share with cycling the desire to unite the whole country in a single network that crosses large and small municipalities, those in which we are committed every day to our mission of taking the internet where others cannot. This sport teaches the utmost importance of teamwork, commitment and effort to achieve the desired results, values that we share as EOLO and that never like today are fundamental to the whole country, which is struggling for post-coupling recovery”.
Giacomo Pedranzini, KOMETA’s CEO adds: “With determination KOMETA has maintained its commitment to support the cycling projects of the Contador Foundation for 3 years. Our goals and values have always been in perfect harmony with those of Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso: we are committed to promoting a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, without losing sight of the enormous advantage that a sport like cycling brings to the environment. Today, thanks to the important entry of the EOLO, the project takes on even more form, strength and substance within the perimeter of common values such as sustainability, responsibility and innovation”.
Ivan Basso, Sports Director of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team concluded: “We have been working on this project for three years and now the time has come when it takes another form, another dimension, another speed, another hope. We are very grateful to EOLO for believing in a long-term project and taking the initiative with great enthusiasm, and we thank KOMETA for supporting us and continuing their commitment. I am very proud to have one more team in Italy entering the great cycling, with most of the Italian riders and a home for the team”.
Alberto Contador, President of the Alberto Contador Foundation said: “Today is a very special day for us because thanks to the support of EOLO and KOMETA this project takes a very important step forward and enters a category of great demand as the ProTeam, with a much larger schedule and an even stronger competition. We have a young staff, with experienced veterans and promising talent, and we are convinced that they will give us a lot of joy with the peace of mind that comes from working on a long-term project. We were born as ProTeam but we want to keep growing and we will work very hard every day to achieve it. Many thanks to Luca Spada and Giacomo Pedranzini for their commitment and trust”.
The first races in which the team will compete are the Clàssica Comunitat Valenciana -1969 – Gran Premio Valencia (24th January) and the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana (3rd-7th February). The first event in Italy will be the Laigueglia Trophy on 3 March.
The new sports project is mainly sponsored by EOLO, an Italian company that is a leader in fixed wireless ultra-broadband for the business and residential segments, and KOMETA, an international food company with an Italian heart, is taking shape. The project has been developed together with the Alberto Contador Foundation.
2021 roster: John Archibald (14/11/1990), Mark Christian (20/10/1990), Diego Pablo Sevilla (04/03/1996), Marton Dina (11/04/1996), Alejandro Ropero (17/04/1998), Arturo Grávalos (02/03/1998), Daniel Viegas (05/01/1998), Sergio García (11/06/1999), Erik Fetter (05/04/2000), Francesco Gavazzi (01/08/1984), Luca Wackermann (13/03/1992), Luca Pacioni (13/08/1993), Edward Ravasi (05/06/1994), Mattia Frapporti (02/07/1994), Manuel Belletti (14/10/1995), Lorenzo Fortunato (09/05/1996), Vincenzo Albanese (12/11,1996), Davide Bais (02/04/1998), Samuele Rivi (11/05/1998), Alessandro Fancellu (24/04/2000).
[ Maurizio Borserini]