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The partnership between ENVE and EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team is set to continue through the 2023 season. So much was achieved in the Italian-registered, Spanish-based team’s first professional season with major successes at the Giro d’Italia, the team’s first-ever Grand Tour. The roots of EOLO-KOMETA lie with the Contador Foundation, which has built the program into what it is today under the watchful eyes of Alberto and Fran Contador. ENVE will continue to be the wheel and component partner, while AURUM bicycles, which Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso co-founded, will continue as the team’s bicycle partner.
Alberto Contador, president of the Foundation, promoter of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team, and founder of AURUM Bikes: “Being united with such a prestigious brand as ENVE is essential. For a professional team, it is essential to be able to achieve the best possible performance. And such a consolidated brand, with such a high level, with so much engineering behind it, guarantees you to have machines capable of offering the best performance. For us, it is fundamental when facing the big challenges, the big objectives, and also really satisfying when your team is extremely happy with the material. And not only the team, but also through AURUM Bikes and the feedback from the people who choose an ENVE setup. So both at an aesthetic level and above all at a technical and performance level, which is what professional cycling requires, it is great news and a source of pride. And we hope to continue to work together for a long time”.
EOLO-KOMETA will race on ENVE’s US-made SES 3.4 and 5.6 wheels paired with the AURUM Magma frameset. For the rest of the build, the team chooses ENVE’s Compact Road Handlebar, Road Stem, and Seatpost. The result is a bike up to the task of winning any race on the World Tour schedule.
Neil Shirley, ENVE marketing manager: “It’s very clear to us that what the team has built is truly special, and we’re proud to be growing our partnership with a program that’s already achieving so much success at the highest level. We are excited to extend our partnership and utilize the team to develop the next generation of SES wheels. We are confident in saying that the AURUM team bikes with full ENVE builds are the highest-performance bikes in the peloton.”
For 2022, Eolo-Kometa will be looking to pick up where they left off. From Strade Bianchi in the spring to the Tour of Lombardy that closed out the season, the team animated every race they were in and netted a number of wins, including Stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia on the Zoncolan by Lorenzo Fortunato. With all the key riders returning, the recipe for success is already written.
Fran Contador, general manager of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team: “We are very happy to be able to count on the sponsorship of a leading brand like ENVE for the next two seasons, as we have been collaborating all this year in a very intense way. The harmony with the brand is very good, and I think this is because we share a similar work methodology, philosophy, and values. Working with ENVE’s people is really very simple, communication is very fluid, and the bond is very strong. This agreement means that we will have the highest level of components and wheels for our AURUM bicycles, and I am completely sure that these two seasons we will continue to grow together”.