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by Shane Stokes
September 19, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Bjerg beats McNulty to win under 23 world TT title; Pirrone wins junior world championship time trial; Wiasak and Cavanagh take Amy’s Otway Tour success; Giro d’Italia confirms 2018 start in Israel; Van Vleuten extends contract with Orica-Scott; Van Baarle joins Team Sky; Contador’s Polartec-Kometa Continental team names first eight riders; Elinor Barker Returns to Wiggle High 5; Obree to sell medals, Beastie bike and other memorabilia at auction this week; Rooderkerken grabs the Human Powered Speed Title and Dutch record in Battle Mountain, Slappendel places second; Video: Hotter’n Hell Hundred 2017 Mini-Doc; Video: Cycling around the world in 80 days – BBC News; Video: Worst Retirement Ever Short – Pepperdine Hill KOM, with data
The development team set up by Alberto Contador and managed by Ivan Basso has announced the first eight riders who will compete with the team when it begins in 2018. In August Contador confirmed that his foundation would manage a new continental team guaranteed for at least three years and sponsored by US firm Polartec and Italian company Kometa.
It will act as a development team for Contador’s Trek-Segafredo squad, and will build on the Foundation’s existing junior and under 23 teams and the school it has for younger riders.
Joining the new Continental squad are four of the best riders from the current under 23 setup, namely Diego Pablo Sevilla, Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, Juan Camacho and Spanish under 23 champion Isaac Cantón. Also coming on board are two Italian riders, namely under 23 champ Matteo Moschetti, who has already been a stagiare with Trek-Segafredo this year, and the European junior champion Michele Gazzoli. The eight are completed by the Austrian Patrick Gamper and the Luxembourgish Michel Ries. More riders and staff will be announced soon.
“I am very satisfied with this group of riders,” said Basso. “We have selected them with great attention and we believe they have a great future ahead. To complete the team we still have between two and four places available, two of which will occupy extra-European [from outside Europe] cyclists.”
The squad will work with the Mapei Sport Centre in the training of riders. Retiring pro Jesús Hernández will be the first directeur sportif, while former professional Félix García will also have a DS role.