Contador Day 2018
After brilliantly closing the second round of the season, with the great performance of Michel Ries in the Giro Baby, that of Kevin Inkelaar in the Giro del Valle d’Aosta and the partial victories of Matteo Moschetti in both stages of the Tour of Burgos and the Tour of Hungary, the Continental Polartec-Kometa will face the final straight of the season with a new concentration in the Lombardy town of Bormio that will extend between the 7th and 14th of September. Bormio is a special place for the team, because this is where the meeting with Kometa and Polartec came about. The spark of his life.
During this new session period, a special date. On Sunday, September 9, the Contador Day is celebrated, a striking and interesting initiative promoted by the Valtellina, one of the sponsors of the team, and supported by other great supporters such as Polartec and Kometa. A special sunday. The whole staff will accompany Alberto Contador in this ride of peculiar and interesting raison d’être.
It is a non-competitive and free but compulsory marcha, in which all those who wish to do so will be able to climb one of the most mythical cycling ports, the Passo di Gavia (2,621 m). Ahead, 26 kilometres of route with an unevenness of 1,428 metres, 26 kilometres with an average percentage of 5.5% and maximum ramps of 12% and 13%.
“It’s quite an experience”, recalls Diego Pablo Sevilla, from Madrid, who was present in another similar adventure before. “Three years ago we were able to do it and the truth is that the day was very good. Even though Alberto blew us away. With Alberto it was impossible to get a bite before, it wasn’t worth it, it went up very quickly”, he jokes. “The truth is that we’re really looking forward to it, because we’re all back together and we’re preparing for the next games between now and the end of the season,” said Isaac Cantón, from La Mancha.
“I am very excited that the Contador Day will take place in a place as historic for cycling as Bormio, at the foot of the Stelvio and Gavia, near the Mortirolo. It’s a pleasure for us to be able to enjoy with all the fans,” says Alberto Contador. “Besides, the connection with Bormio is even closer because here we met the people of Polartec and Kometa has many interests here. For me it will certainly be a special day. I’m looking forward to sharing the route with the fans. Although it will be in a tough climb…. The Gavia is beautiful, the whole area of the lake is very beautiful, but just as beautiful is hard and demanding”.
(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)