The cycling team keeps the EVOO of the Navarrese company in its careful diet
Madrid, September 23, 2016
After a season of success, the Movistar Team is not willing to lower the bar. Nairo Quintana, winner of La Vuelta a España, has recently renewed his contract with the Spanish team, but this is not the only union they want to keep: one more year, INNOLIVA, the leading producer of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (AOVE), will be official provider.
Food is an essential part of elite sport, especially in cycling, where the efforts are very long. According to Mikel Zabala, the Responsible for Innovation of the Movistar Team, the runners follow “a healthy diet with a high energy content, since the expenditure during each stage is very high”. Carbohydrates and fats become the two essential pillars.
EVOO, with its already well-recognized health benefits, has been crowned as one of the key foods for athletes, since, in addition to providing them with the necessary energy, among its main virtues are the protection it carries out against oxidative stress produced after exercise and its valuable power as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Mikel Zabala has it clear:
“Not all oils are the same or have the same properties, so when it comes to planning the diets of runners we opt for a high quality oil such as extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), which has a high proportion of monosaturated fatty acids, as well as high levels of squalene, vitamin E and phenolic components, all related to the health properties of this type of oil “.
In addition, the amount of oil that athletes take is carefully planned by nutritionists, although according to Zabala “there is no doubt that the recommendation is to make a daily consumption of it, regardless of the competitive period in which the cyclist is” .
Movistar Team knows that the best option to accompany them on the trip is INNOLIVA, but the trust is mutual, since the company from Navarre has no doubt that it shares a table with an undisputed winner with whom it wants to continue to succeed.
The company, which has its head office in Pamplona (Spain), owns more than 5,000 hectares of irrigated olive groves, located in Spain and Portugal, where the Mediterranean climate gives the olive tree the ideal environment for the development and maturation of the fruit; and it favors the obtaining of Extra Virgin Olive Oils with excellent sensory qualities.
With its production system, they guarantee the integral traceability of the entire process: from the olive tree to the final customer.
They make their Extra Virgin Olive Oil cold in the shortest time possible from the entrance of the olive in the oil mill. And they take care of the oil already produced to maintain their excellent sensory and healthy qualities as long as possible.