Tadej Pogačar announces cancer research foundation
At just 23 years old, cycling superstar Tadej Pogačar is not only winning the biggest races in the world, including the Tour de France, twice, he is also helping find a cure for cancer. Yesterday he announced the launch of the Tadej Pogačar Foundation for Cancer Research, where researchers will focus on cancer research regarding cancer metabolism, exercise and cancer treatment, alongside his physiologist and personal trainer, renowned researcher Dr. Iñigo San-Millán.
You may have heard the name San-Millán over the past year, not only in relation to Pogačar’s success, but also because of his now popular work on the importance of zone training. two (very low/easy stamina) for everyone from top pros like Pogačar to non-athletes just looking for a healthier life.
Pogačar began working with San-Millán in 2018, honing his cycling-specific physiology so much that in 2020, at age 21, Pogačar became the youngest cyclist to ever win the Tour de France.
But while San-Millán has focused on exercise research, his interests have also led him to study cancer metabolism, which he believes is key to fighting and eventually curing cancer. San-Millán believes the insights he gained from studying the metabolism of elite athletes will be one of the keys to better understanding how cancers progress and function, and eventually could lead to an understanding of how to fight them.
The Foundation will not only support the research carried out by San-Millán, but will also fund other research teams working in the field of cancer metabolism. The Foundation will also work to shed light on ‘exercise as medicine’, helping to share the importance of exercise in both preventing and curing cancer.
You can find out more about the Tadej Pogačar Foundation for Cancer Research at Pogacar.org
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