Cycling: Livramento wants to inspire young people with its example of fair play


David Livramento (Tuna General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) hopes that the gesture that earned him the distinction with the World Fair-Play diploma, in the “Pierre de Coubertin-Act” category, will inspire young cyclists to prioritize values ​​over victories .

The first online stage of the special edition of the Volta a Portugal was taking place, on September 28, 2020, when the 38-year-old from the Algarve starred in the moment distinguished by the International Committee for Fair-Play (CIFP): in the face of a collective fall, 15 kilometers away from the finish line, he didn’t even hesitate and stopped to help Emanuel Duarte, who is now his teammate, but at the time was a ‘rival’.

“Upon arrival in Viana, Santa Luzia, we were reorganizing the team to approach the final part of the stage, which is always dangerous and with a lot of stress. I was at the back of the pack and there was a collective fall. I, luckily, managed to stop and when I saw a professional colleague, who is now my teammate, fall in front of me, I stopped safely and got ready to help him, confirmed that everything was fine with him and went on my way. ”, he recalled to the Lusa agency.

David Livramento didn’t think “much about that moment, nor about the time he could lose”.

“The situation happened and Emanuel was the athlete in front of me. I simply stopped, helped, put his bike on its feet, then got mine, because in the meantime the chain jumped with the brakes, and I continued on my way”, he said, noting that, in addition to not knowing that RTP “was filming the back of the platoon at that moment of the fall”, he did not think that “this type of attitudes or gestures were given much value”.

But the Panathlon Clube de Lisboa learned about the fair-play moment, made it known to Panathlon Internacional and this entity signed the candidacy of the cyclist born in Cabanas de Tavira for the prize, awarded in 2020, but received only in the last month of June, in Budapest, Hungary, as the pandemic of covid-19 successively postponed the gala.

“It was postponed, but in the meantime the ceremony has been managed. It’s a special gala, it has the most important people from Hungary and the International Committee for Fair-Play are represented there. When I received the trophy from the Hungarian Secretary of State for Sport, I was proud of his words. He said I was doing exemplary work in sport,” he said.

Not hiding that the distinction is a source of pride for you, for Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel and “even for Portugal”, since he was the first Portuguese athlete to receive the World Fair-Play diploma, in the category “ Pierre de Coubertin-Act”, the Algarvian who is known as ‘Ladomada’, because of his resemblance to the former Italian cyclist Michele Ladomada, guarantees that he has “willing to continue to do a good job”.

“After all, sport still has good things and we are going to try to get young people to take these examples, so that we can transmit these examples to them and that they can be good sportsmen and, basically, good people. Values ​​are more important than victories and the health and well-being of a colleague or any person is worth more than any sporting result”, she defended.

The repercussion of the award was such that Livramento, after having ‘star’ ‘honours’ in Hungary – he even appeared on the giant screens of the Duna Arena, where the Swimming World Cups took place -, had extra support in the ascent to the Tower, in the Sunday, in the third stage of the Volta a Portugal, being greatly encouraged by the fans who applauded him more than ever towards the highest point of mainland Portugal.

Distinguished by the Municipality of Tavira and by the team itself, which offered him a distinctive (red) bicycle, the runner now dreams of the Sporting Merit Medal, awarded by the Portuguese Government, which would be the corollary of a career dedicated to others.

“Cycling is a team sport and sometimes, no matter how good you may be, not everyone can win and not everyone can win. I’ve managed to win, but I admit that I’m not a winner and a leader like Alejandro [Marque] yeah, or Frederico [Figueiredo, líder da Volta a Portugal] at Glassdrive. Someone has to work, and I’m happy and happy when the leader wins and thanks you for the work you’ve done for him”, he summarized, before adding: “I enjoy riding my bike and being professional”.


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