The Kometa-Xstra 2020 riders, with the exception of Juan Camacho from La Mancha, went to the Premium Madrid facilities in the town of Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, on Thursday morning to take part in the formal pre-season medical tests. As well as undergoing an ultrasound scan of their heart, the riders also underwent an incremental test to assess their physical condition and heart health in detail.
The check-up was supervised by Dr José Werenitzky, an expert in sports cardiology within Premium Madrid, while Carlos Barredo, the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team’s trainer, was in charge of supporting the riders during the check-up. The physical condition of the cyclists is optimal and now they will all face a few days in their respective homes before returning to Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort in mid-January to face the second concentration of the preseason. “It has been a great experience and it is very good to have this opportunity to work with them,” said Hungarian cyclist Márton Dina.
Premium Madrid Global Health Care and the teams of the Alberto Contador Foundation have been collaborating intensely since last year and this relationship will continue in 2020. The youth structure has also been incorporated into the project this year and was precisely the first to go to the protocol medical review. The U23 team, on the other hand, went to Pozuelo de Alarcón before leaving for the concentration at Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort.
Fran Contador, general manager of the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team: “This first year of collaboration with Premium Madrid has been wonderful. We also had no doubts that it would be like this. We have been exceptionally well attended and the riders and staff are very satisfied. Having Premium Madrid is a guarantee. During the season they have been able to accompany us during some tests. In the Baby Giro, for example, a physiotherapist from Premium Madrid accompanied us throughout the race and his work was fantastic on both a professional and human level. We are in the best hands”.
“We are very proud and happy with this collaboration”, says Héctor García, director of the sports and sports collaborations unit at Premium Madrid. “This is a project with a lot of future and it has the path that we have started to walk together. Looking ahead to 2020 we are going to take another step forward within the teams, maintaining comprehensive medical advice but also collaborating more with the sports structure by attending the most important competitions of the continental team”.
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