Fran Muñoz wins the overall overall Spanish Cup and the U23 team finishes as the best team

The Barcelona cyclist Fran Muñoz achieved this Sunday in the II Copa de Vigo, last race of the Spanish Cup Elite U23 promoted by the RFEC, the first victory of a Fundación Contador rider in the overall of this tournament.

This 2022 edition of the competition concluded with a very tough race in Vigo, organized by the Club Ciclista Rias Baixas, in which he had to overcome more than 4,000 meters of accumulated unevenness in its 180 kilometres of route. Muñoz, who started the day as leader and with a significant advantage if everything went smoothly, saved the day and was able to wear the final red and yellow jersey.

A very special success for the Contador Foundation’s trophy cabinet, since the victory of the rider from Mataró is the first overall victory in the Cup for the structure since its creation. A participation in the Spanish Cup that will be unforgettable, with the victory in the overall individual final, two victories, four podiums and up to fourteen places in the top ten.

📰 More information on Muñoz’s victory in the Cup, on the U23 team’s website.

 

📰 More information on the great group performance in this edition of the Cup, on the U23 team website.

 

[📷 Álvaro García – El Pelotón / Club Ciclista Rias Baixas]

The Plaza Eboli Cycling Academy and AMP Pinto propose an inclusive bike ride for this June 2

The event will take place next Thursday 2nd June in the afternoon. The Plaza Eboli Cycling Academy and the association AMP Pinto are launching an inclusive bike ride that will take place during the Thursday session, with departure and arrival from the Plaza Eboli Shopping Centre in Pinto, from 17:30 to 19:30 hours.

The Plaza Eboli Cycling Academy started its activities in September 2013 with the firm purpose of promoting the use of bicycles, both from a recreational and a more sporting point of view, and since then hundreds of children have enjoyed its activities. Enrolment is open to girls and boys aged between 6 and 14. The activities take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 17.30 to 19.30 hours.

For more information (it´s a free activity), send an e-mail to responsabilidad.social@ampinto.org.

 

Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA delivers 40 bicycles to two of the VCF Foundation’s Escoles Cor Blanquinegre schools

The Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project of the Fundación Contador has travelled to Valencia for two beautiful days that have had their climax in the delivery of forty bicycles between two schools in the province.

The Colegio Madre Petra de El Vedat, in Torrent, and the CEIP Nuestra Señora del Amparo, in Real de Gandía, each received twenty bikes that have been tuned by the AMP boys.

These two deliveries are the first to materialise following the agreement reached by the VCF Foundation and the Fundación Alberto Contador with the collaboration of the Czech automobile firm ŠKODA”. The three entities will now work together to develop joint activities focused on promoting the use of bicycles and cycling in general.

The agreement was officially presented on Tuesday on the pitch of the Mestalla stadium, one of the temples of football in Europe, by two boys from the Escoles Cor Blanquinegre; by Teo Swee Wei, general director of the VCF Foundation and right-hand man of the club’s owner Peter Lim; and by Paco Romero, head of Bikes for Life by ŠKODA within the Foundation.

“We are very happy to collaborate with the Fundación Alberto Contador in the Bicis para la Vida project. With this donation of bikes to the pupils of Escoles Con Blanquinegre, we not only give the bikes a second life, but also improve the lives of the children. For me it is an example of how different NGOs can collaborate and work together for the benefit of society,” says Swee Wei.

“From the Fundación Contador and thanks to our relationship with ŠKODA, we are proud to be able to collaborate with the VCF Foundation, an entity with a high commitment to support the most disadvantaged groups. I am convinced that both foundations share the same values and professionalism, and that this will be a long-lasting relationship”, concludes Romero.

[📷 Valencia CF (2, 3)]

A walk through the past: Juan Pedro López’s career in the sports structures of the Fundación Contador

Juan Pedro López is one of the big names in cycling these days after taking the provisional lead of the Giro d’Italia 2022 in the fourth stage of this edition with a finish on Mount Etna. López, a native of Lebrija and current Trek-Segafredo rider, arrived at the WorldTour structure after a cycle through the junior, U23 and continental structures sponsored by the Contador Foundation. A cycle that began in the 2015 season, in his second year as a junior, after participating in the Selection Campus co-organised with La Mafia Restaurantes in Zaragoza. The Andalusian took part in two editions of this campus. Below is a brief review of all those years after his jump into WorldTour.


[📷 Con fotos de Patricio García, Atila Madrona y PhotoGomezSport]

Fundació VCF, Alberto Contador Foundation and ŠKODA pedal together for health

The agreement between the parties involves the donation of bikes for Escoles Cor Blanquinegre.

The Fundació VCF and the Fundación Alberto Contador, in cooperation with ŠKODA, have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of joint activities focused on promoting the use of bicycles and cycling in general.

Specifically, the Alberto Contador Foundation’s project Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA will enable the donation of bicycles for the students of the VCF Foundation’s activity “Escoles Cor Blanquinegre”, which works with schools in a complicated social context.

ŠKODA’s involvement is an important part of the success of this social initiative, as a Premium Plus Partner of Valencia CF, a sponsor of the Fundación Alberto Contador since 2017, and because of its own historical links with cycling,

In fact, the history of ŠKODA begins with a bicycle, when in 1895 the brand’s founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded a bicycle factory in the Bohemian town of Mladá Boleslav.

 

Stage victory and podium place in the final overall for Cantabrian U19 rider David Puente in the Challenge Montaña Central de Asturias

David Puente finishes third in a Challenge Montaña Central with Álex García, Nil Aguilera, Joel Díaz and Lucas Guillermo in the top 10.

David Puente finished on the podium of the 2022 edition of the U19 Challenge Montaña Central of Asturias that ended this Sunday in Pola de Lena with a stage in which victory went to the Belgian Liam van Bylen (Acrog). The Cantabrian, winner this Saturday of the second sector, also fought for a victory and signed the third final position of this last fraction.

More information on the web of the U19 team.

[📷 Roberto Menéndez / Ciclismo en Asturias]

Davide Piganzoli wins the overall of the prestigious Bidasoa Itzulia U23

The EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team in the category achieves the second victory in the final overall for the Contador Foundation project after the one achieved by Juan Pedro López in 2018.

EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team U23 rider Davide Piganzoli became this Saturday the third Italian rider to win the final overall of the Bidasoa Itzulia after finishing second in a frenetic last stage in which the Asturian Sinue Fernández (Lizarte) won. Piganzoli takes over from Salvatore Mancuso (2007) and Umberto Orsini (2016) in a race that returned to the calendar after two editions without being held as a result of the pandemic situation.

Fernando Tercero, fourth at the finish, climbed onto the podium as third in the overall finla. The EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team’s booty was rounded off with a victory in the team general classification and with Davide Piganzoli’s leadership in the general classification of the mountains. Second in the Memorial Valenciaga and in the Santikutz Klasika, ‘Piga’ finally got his txapela.

More information, on the web of the U23 structure.

[📷 Jean Pierre Hourdebaigt]

Bayer Spain donates 4,000 euros to the Pedalea contra el Ictus initiative of the Fundación Contador and Fundación Freno al Ictus

The Spanish division of the multinational pharmaceutical company Bayer has joined the Pedalea contra el Ictus initiative by Fundación Contador and Fundación Freno al Ictus with a donation of 4,000 euros through a Dorsal Solidario 0. A very generous contribution that will go towards inclusion and rehabilitation projects for people who have suffered from this disease.

“Stroke has undoubtedly been the disease that has marked my life, it has made me see what is really important and what is not. Fortunately in my case I was able to overcome it. But now, from the Contador Foundation, we are trying to collaborate to prevent this disease,” explains Alberto Contador.

“Ninety per cent of cases are preventable, they are not congenital, and lifestyle habits are very important. Healthy lifestyle habits are the first barrier. That is why we at the Foundation try to raise awareness in society and we do this through different initiatives, such as Freno al Ictus. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bayer Laboratories for their collaboration,” he concludes.

 

The Fundación Freno al Ictus and the Fundación Alberto Contador donate €7,068.04 to inclusion and rehabilitation projects

The Fundación Freno al Ictus and the Fundación Alberto Contador have delivered this Tuesday a total of 7,068.04 euros, from the second edition of the solidarity action ‘Pedalea contra el ictus’ that both institutions promoted with the help of RPM-MKTG, in virtual format and that counted with the massive participation of the general public and great personalities of the Spanish sports world.

Both foundations in their constant fight against stroke promoted this initiative for the second consecutive year, whose main objective is to improve the situation of stroke in our country, giving visibility to the disease among society and being a vehicle for raising funds to be allocated to inclusion and rehabilitation projects for those affected.

In this second edition, two projects have been selected to benefit from these solidarity funds. 3,534.04 euros were allocated to the “Compete with DCA” project, led by the Fundación Segunda Parte, a project aimed at getting more people with DCA to take up competitive sport. And, on the other hand, 3,534.04 euros were awarded to the “Proyecto Kiero“, an innovative programme of self-leadership and creative empowerment for people affected by stroke and ACD with the collaboration of Ceadac (State Reference Centre for Brain Injury Care of the IMSERSO), which aims to help participants return to a daily rhythm of life in the best emotional and aptitudinal circumstances.

Alberto Contador, President of the Alberto Contador Foundation; Julio Agredano, President of the Freno al Ictus Foundation; Marta Pérez, Founder and Director of the Fundación Segunda Parte and Pedro Vaquero, co-creator of the Kiero Programme, as well as participants of the awarded projects who were able to share their experience with those present, attended the award ceremony which took place in Pinto, in the facilities of the Alberto Contador Foundation.

During the award ceremony, the Fundación Segunda Parte explained what the project consists of, which focuses on initiating people with ACD in competitive sport as a way to develop personally and in terms of sport, by taking on new challenges in an adapted and inclusive modality. “We are enormously grateful to the Pedalea contra el ictus project, thanks to this initiative we can give the opportunity to athletes who are interested in taking a step forward in their sporting development, accompanying and guiding them with the highest quality and affection”.

Pedro Vaquero spoke about the “Kiero Programme” stating that “after the success of the first edition of the programme that took place at the end of last year, the second edition started at the beginning of April with 15 people affected by stroke and DCA. We would like to thank both the Fundación Freno al Ictus and the Alberto Contador Foundation for their contribution, which will allow access to the programme to a greater number of people affected in future editions”.

In this sense, Alberto Contador said: “We are very happy to culminate the second edition of Pedalea contra el Ictus with the most important moment: the delivery of the money raised to the chosen project. This year, and this is something we are particularly pleased about, we have been able to grow and have a second project to which we can also allocate a sum of money. Both the Second Part Foundation and the Kiero Programme do a fantastic job with sport and physical activity as the backbone of their work. Knowing first-hand the experiences of some of the users of these initiatives reinforces the importance of continuing to strengthen these projects to combat and mitigate the after-effects and consequences of Acquired Brain Injury. That ‘so what now’, that recovery of the desire to do things, to want to live, which one of the users told us about”.

For his part, Julio Agredano, president of the Fundación Freno al Ictus, said that “Pedalea contra el ictus has two main objectives: to make the disease visible in society through a widely publicised event, and on the other hand, to raise funds to allocate them to finalist projects that help to improve and reduce the impact of stroke in our society. Both objectives were achieved in this second edition, and we are already working on the 2022 edition”.

According to data from the Spanish Society of Neurology, stroke is a cerebrovascular disease that affects 120,000 people every year in Spain, is the leading cause of death in women in our country, the world’s leading cause of acquired disability in adults and is the second leading cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, currently more than 50% of those affected by stroke do not recover satisfactorily. However, it is a highly preventable and treatable disease, with 90% of strokes being preventable by modifying our lifestyle habits linked to personal health promotion. Furthermore, it is a pathology in which reaction time is fundamental for the correct evolution and treatment of the sequelae it causes.