The role of the continental structure of the Alberto Contador Foundation as the development team of the WorldTour Trek-Segafredo is reinforced in this second collaborative campaign with the confirmation that two of its riders will run in 2020 and 2021 in the American formation. The Spaniard Juan Pedro López and the Luxembourger Michel Ries make the jump from the Kometa Cycling Team, following the steps initiated by the Italian Matteo Moschetti this campaign. Both riders have signed the two victories of the Madrid team this season.
The Sevillian López has had the opportunity to wear the colours of the Trek-Segafredo in the last edition of the Tour of Utah, a race for which he was recruited as a stagiaire and finished in seventeenth place, the third best youngster of the American race. Ries, for his part, raced this same race last season also as an apprentice; the Grand Ducal rider has just completed an outstanding Tour del Porvenir where he came close to stage victory on two occasions and finished seventh overall in the final.
“When you start competing on a bicycle you always have the thought that someday you would like to reach the professional squad and run all those races you see on television when you are a child, like a Tour de France, a Vuelta a España… Those dreams are a little closer to this great dream that comes true. It’s a huge opportunity, I’m very excited. And also very grateful to the Alberto Contador Foundation, where I was given the opportunity and where I have been growing season by season,” says from Lebrija Juan Pedro López.
“For a sports structure with a strong training vocation like the one we are developing in an integral way in the Alberto Contador Foundation, every runner who lands well in the WorldTour or in the professional continental category is an immense joy”, emphasizes Francisco Javier Contador, general manager of the Kometa Cycling Team. “First, a great happiness for the rider himself, for his career, for seeing how he progresses sportily. And then for the project itself, because it is working very well and other structures know how to see it and put it in value beyond the fact that in this case we have worked as a development structure during these two years. For a continental team, these signings are also like a victory in a race.
“In the specific case of Juan Pedro, moreover, there is the circumstance that he is a runner who has passed through all the sports categories of the Foundation, junior, U23 and continental, and who had previously participated in the Campus Selection. He is the first runner selected on the Campus to arrive at the WorldTour. That a runner trained in our lower categories takes this leap is something that makes all the members of this project feel very proud and happy”, he concludes.
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