The island of Tenerife, due to its climatic conditions and orogafría, is the ideal place for the pre-season cycling of the best teams and professional cyclists. Nobody is aware that for many years, the best cyclists in the international peloton have their trip to the island marked in red during the year. But not only do they prepare for several weeks in Tenerife, they also hire the services of Tenerife professionals during their preparation stage. That is the case of Adrián Gutiérrez Pérez from Tenerife.
Bachelor of science in physical activity and sports, physiotherapist and physical readaptor, this young man from Santa Cruz has been fortunate to share the day-to-day preparation of one of the most important teams in the peloton for several weeks. The German team DSM chooses Tenerife as the place to prepare for the next Giro d’Italia that will be held from May 8 to 30. Adrián tells Radio Club Tenerife about the experience of treating the best professional cyclists: “They contacted me through their manager and the Tenerife cycling team, Triciclos. They came to do their preparation stage for the Giro and they needed a a masseur, a physio and someone who would treat them during the three weeks they were going to be here at the Parador. They get in touch with me, we talk and as we go we reach an agreement and start the collaboration “.
During this year of a pandemic, many have been the health protocols that govern the day-to-day life of cyclists and their coaches and trusted personnel. The same thing happened with Adrián: “They have some security protocols for COVID and a work protocol, they show me, we understand each other quickly and we started to go up to the Parador. Before going up every day I had to do an antigen test and send it to him To the team doctor, he gave me authorization so that I could go up and treat them. They have a protocol that, depending on the coach’s wishes, we planned two or three massage sessions – physiotherapy a week. I arrived at the Parador, they had their turn prepared of cyclists and every 40-45 minutes one came with his sheets, towels and others and explained what was wrong with him “.
Adrián will not forget this experience, since at a professional level it has been gratifying to feel like one more of the team for several weeks, but he also highlighted his interview on Radio Club Tenerife, the personal treatment of the cyclists: “Working with the DSM, a professional team in All its structures are a real marvel. Especially because they don’t leave anything to chance, everything is planned, they have protocols for everything and in the end it makes my job and that of cyclists much easier “, to which he added:” The treatment With Romain Bardet, Nicolas Roche, Chris Hamilton and James Hindley it has been exceptional. They are true professionals and titans on the bike. Personally, the treatment with them has been unbeatable, even many days before starting the sessions we had coffee and shared routes that they did not know. for them to do it. This experience has been the first with this team and I think it will not be the last because they were very happy, “he concluded.
Team DSM already announced several weeks ago the team with which it will face the first grand tour of the season, the Tour of Italy, to which they will attend with the highest expectations and two leaders for the general, the French Romain Bardet –who for the first time will contest the transalpine race after having been on the Tour podium twice, 2016 and 2017- and the Australian Jai Hindley, one of the great revelations of the last edition of the Giro, which finished second after Tao Geoghegan Hart.
They complete the “eight” of Team DSM for the Italian race Nikias Arndt (BUT), Nico Denz (GER), Chris Hamilton (OUT), Max Kanter (GER), Nicholas Roche (IRL) y Michael Storer (OUT)