’40 Years of Cycling’: a tribute to a legendary team

30 October 2019
’40 Years of Cycling’: a tribute to a legendary team

To be aired on November 18th (10pm) at #Vamos in Spain

More than 400 people crowd Baluarte auditorium in Pamplona for ’40 Years: Reynolds to Movistar’ documentary premiere; top local authorities and some of the squad’s biggest names support the launch.

The celebrations for the first four decades of history of the Abarca Sports organisation came to a close on Wednesday evening with the premiere of the documentary ’40 Years: Reynolds to Movistar’, at Pamplona’s Baluarte auditorium and convention center. The feature will be aired on Wednesday, November 18th, at 10pm CET on #Vamos, the sports channel of Movistar+, in charge of the documentary’s production.

The President of the Navarra government, María Chivite, and members of the Pamplona local council were some of the top authorities attending an event headlined by some of the best riders to have been part of the teams managed by José Miguel Echávarri and Eusebio Unzué.

Pedro Delgado, Julián Gorospe, Ángel Arroyo, Ion Izagirre, Julio Jiménez, Iván Gutiérrez and some of the Movistar Team’s current members -Alejandro Valverde, Chente García Acosta, Pablo Lastras-, as well as their top additions for 2020, were present at a commemoration which was, above anything else, a reunion of old friends. Former sponsors, such as Fausto Pinarello; top staff members, like Francis Lafargue; or faces unknown to the public which have made possible for the real protagonists to shine on their bikes completed the list of invitees, the Baluarte auditorium completely full.

The event had a setting and production on par with the quality of the documentary. All invitees were received by the big trucks and buses the team takes to every Tour de France or Vuelta a España. Famous jerseys; classic or top-of-the-line modern bikes, such as the one from Alex Dowsett’s hour record in 2015 or the recent Canyon machines Valverde, Quintana or Carapaz took to success; and a huge panel in the auditorium, listing the names of the 243 men and women who haved raced as pros for what is currently known as the Movistar Team.

The screening of the film, more than an hour-and-a-half long, was followed by a short word by Unzué to thank all the invitees for their attendance to the Baluarte -responded by a standing ovation from those present- and a cocktail as end of the party. A gathering of all celebrities who made possible a big sporting success for the last 40 years.

All pictures (c): Photo Gomez Sport