In view of the launch of this space, a year ago, we highlighted in these lines that each new year has a much more special meaning for the junior squad of the Alberto Contador Foundation. It is something that remains unchanged, because it is part of our DNA. We work to promote cycling as a sport, but at the same time, aware of the extreme difficulty of achieving professionalism, we stimulate the personal development of all the boys, emphasizing the capital importance of their studies.
The 2020 campaign has been the most difficult of all since the Fundación Contador started its sports projects, with the junior squad in first place. It is not something exceptional either to this structure or to this project. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit hard the normal development of our day to day, it has conditioned it and in that same trip it has also caused us a lot of suffering and pain taking away many of our most loved ones. May every pedal of each of the teams that are part of this dream, from the Plaza Eboli Cycling Academy to the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team, serve as a reminder.
The Alberto Contador Foundation was set up with two main objectives, the fight against stroke and the promotion of cycling as a sport. The two objectives overlap, since sport is also the best way to prevent the disease. On this path, several riders have reached professionalism after passing through our structure and carrying our message. Álvaro Cuadro, Fernando Barceló, Diego Pablo Sevilla, Enric Mas, Juan Pedro López, Carlos Rodríguez, Sergio García, Alejandro Ropero… A list that keeps growing and that would have been impossible thanks to the work and commitment of all the people who in one way or another have worked with us until now. To all of them, always our gratitude and our consideration.
For the Alberto Contador Foundation, a fundamental objective is the integral formation of young people through the practice of cycling, transmitting them the necessary sporting knowledge, providing them with the material means to carry out their training in the best conditions and, perhaps most importantly, instilling in them values such as honesty, comradeship, respect and sacrifice, which are the backbone of our project. We cannot forget either the solidarity, which is materialized in the project Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA, the integration, concretized in our new project Idemticos, or the education, with the project En Bici as the great standard-bearer.
Greetings and health
Francisco Javier Contador