Jesús Hernández has been the right-hand man and long term close friend of Alberto Contador since they met in their junior years. They both started as professionals in 2004 with Liberty Seguros and have been on the same team for most of their careers, from their amateur years through Astana, Saxobank/Tinkoff, and now Trek-Segafredo.
Jesús has never won a race as a pro, but it is the furthest thing from his mind: he has structured his whole career on supporting Alberto in the mountains, and the lightweight climber is happiest when helping his best friend to victory. The humble, hard-working domestique places loyalty before all else – money and material goods can be taken away, but no one can steal a true friendship.
Jesús and Alberto share a bond so strong they are like brothers; they hardly need to speak and know directly how the other is feeling. As much mental support as physical, Jesús is there for Alberto in every means. Like two excited boys, they often pore over the race book the night before a race to determine their tactics and those of the competition. When Alberto attacked on the Formigal stage in the Vuelta a España last year, only the two friends knew about the plan.
Although Jesús has ridden many a Tour de France, the Vuelta is his favorite: it's in his country, but even more, it's a race he can enjoy. The stress, pressure and circus-like atmosphere of the Tour de France require hyper-concentration, and he never can relax enough to appreciate the race.
Jesús loves the outdoors, especially quiet, desolate spots in the mountains. In the off-season, you are likely to find him on a mountain bike - his passion is riding, and he abhors the beach.