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A group of six riders of the U23 structure of the Contador Foundation is preparing with care the next objectives of the season, with the Giro d’Italia U23 at the forefront, in a new concentration that is being held since last Wednesday 24 in Segovia. The weather, with the presence of a DANA that has brought strong winds and heavy rains, even with snow on the peaks, has ended up providing the most varied atmospheric conditions for the work.


The locality of La Lastrilla, in the outskirts of Segovia, is hosting another year of this productive meeting in which Ramón Fernández, Arnau Gilabert, Sebastiano Minoia, Andrea Montoli, Fran Muñoz and Gabriele Raccagni are working. Some of the most iconic mountain passes of the Sistema Central, such as Navafría, Canencia, Morcuera, Cotos and Navacerrada, are the focus of the efforts of these days, which have in monumental Segovia, with its heritage aqueduct in front, the ideal setting for the always important moments of disconnection, together with rest and relaxation.


As in previous rallies, the Maltese U23 riders Luke Borg and Jacob Schembri were also present in these days as part of the structure’s support for the development of new riders in the Mediterranean archipelago. On the horizon for the blue team is the Giro d’Italia U23, which, under the organisation of RCS from this year’s edition, is called GiroNetxGen and will be held between 11 and 18 June.


“Personally I am very happy to be part of this stage with my teammates. We are working very well, with a lot of effort, but also enjoying the atmosphere and the scenery,” says Sebastiano Minoia. “Suffering but in a very pleasant and fun atmosphere, these are very profitable days,” adds Ramón Fernández.


Rafa Díaz Justo, director of the team: “The Giro U23 is a very special race because of the chain of efforts and the hardness that it always proposes and above all because of the level of the teams and the participants. It is very important to lay a solid foundation for such a demanding week, especially after such an intense and physically and mentally exhausting cycle, such as the one proposed by the format of the Spanish Cup. We’ve been repeating this training camp for several years, as a kind of turning point between classics and laps that allows us to build up momentum for a second peak of form. This year’s is also special because of the important absences we are carrying over due to different injuries”.

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