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by Shane Stokes
August 18, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Gautier wins stage three of the Tour du Limousin; Former Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez fails anti-doping test; Sánchez: ‘I’m about to retire. Why would I do this?’; Quintana dismisses suggestions he could leave Movistar; Woods leads Cannondale-Drapac in Vuelta a España; Team Sky announces signings of Jonathan Castroviejo and David de la Cruz; Australian sprinter Perkins granted Russian citizenship by Putin; Winder, Mannion lead USA Cycling Pro Road Tour; Alberto Contador Foundation and Trek-Segafredo to set up Continental development team; Video: Cycling Motivation – Never Give Up; Video: Ferda Girls (Humble Parody)
Two days before Alberto Contador begins his final pro race, his Trek-Segafredo squad has announced that the Alberto Contador Foundation will manage a new continental team guaranteed for at least three years. Sponsored by US firm Polartec and Italian company Kometa, the squad will act as a development team for the WorldTour squad, and will see Contador work alongside former pro Ivan Basso, who will be the sport manager of the project. Contador’s brother Fran will be responsible for the administrative management of the squad.
“What has united Ivan and me in this project is the dream of giving back to cycling a little of everything that it has given us,” said Contador on Thursday. “We are convinced that by joining forces we can do much more to help young people to reach a professional level.
“Thanks to Polartec and Kometa, along with the fundamental support of Trek-Segafredo, where I feel like at home, the Alberto Contador Foundation, directed by my brother Fran, takes a very important step and adds a continental team to the existing school and the junior and U23 teams, which will continue to form the young riders in the values embodied in cycling: teamwork, solidarity, perseverance and sacrifice.”
The Alberto Contador Foundation has been in existence for five years and has featured junior and under 23 teams plus a school for younger riders. Trek-Segafredo said that it will use this base of knowledge in developing young riders aiming to turn professional. Those from other European and world projects of cycling will also be considered for the Continental squad. It will be based in Contador’s hometown of Pinto, near Madrid.
“This team is the realization of a professional dream that Alberto and me have matured for a long time, after sharing many experiences as cyclists and friends,” said Basso. “We wanted to create something together and I am happy and proud to have achieved this thanks to the support of Trek-Segafredo, who for a year has given me the responsibility to follow the young talent linked to its team.”