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Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: David Valero, his work in the field, Luis Aragon’s inspiration and his three-year-old son’s confidence

Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: David Valero, his work in the field, Luis Aragon's inspiration and his three-year-old son's confidence

“I sent him a video with images from a documentary by Luis Aragon or a message from his son Marco,” explains friend, predecessor and boss Carlos Coloma.

Valero after winning the bronze medal at Mount Izu.Reuters

“We had been working on his confidence for several days, insisting that he could win a medal. These days he has seen a lot of inspiring documentaries in Tokyo, the last of which is one. Louis Aragons which excited him. So just before the race I sent him a video with images from that documentary, like the movies Brave And all together with your child’s message framewho is three years old. It was the boy who pushed her the most. There were people in Spain who didn’t believe in his possibilities, who tried to persuade him to get a diploma, and I told him: ‘Look at yourself with Marco’s eyes, he believes in you, his mind’ Not corrupted,’ he says on the other side of the phone a Carlos Coloma After the bronze at the Tokyo Games of his friend, his old rival, his signer, his successor, broke down happily amid the silence forced by crying, David Valero (Baja, 1988).

Everything Coloma did to take the podium at the 2016 Games was repeated by Valero this Monday: the bumpy start, the comeback, the final attack… he only had the gesture to grab his crotch, which was a scream. He turned to anger by taking up arms. “Nobody knows what David fought for, everything he worked for … We’ve recorded everything since March and I think we’ll make a documentary of those whom he likes”, Coloma discovers and demands Valero’s early departure, that is to say, in the countryside, to a town of 20,000 inhabitants east of Granada.

“His family has always been in the country, they have a lot of land. They grow everything, tomatoes, peppers and even raise animals. Everything is in the company of his father and his uncle . [Agro-Ganadera Hermanos Valero] I worked when I was younger until he came to my store, Siclos Montoya. He stayed with me for four years until I was 23. He was a mechanic and salesman, a very nice guy. Now I see him stronger than before. room with my son imnolo, who went to school with him, a lifelong friend, and told me: ‘He’s very, very strong,'” he says. Jose Ramon Montoya, who hired him before making the leap to the pros. Valero’s dream began at the age of 10 with a legendary BH california given to him by his parents, francisco You marie carmenHe continued through the outskirts of the city and then through the Sierra de Baja, known as the corridor to his home.

no scholarship or aid

With his 1.89 meters as an obstacle, a rare height for a cyclist, it cost him a place in the world to find. Mountain bike And, therefore, it took so long to make the leap. “He’s always had the illusion of being a professional, but he didn’t have scholarships or aides. He didn’t get that in the lower categories, but he put in a lot of effort until he was signed by Vikma, then Olympia, and before leaving Coloma, MMR. Juegos de Roo was already very strong, but he also got hooked at the start and finished ninth. I’m very happy for him,” concluded Montoya, who hasn’t seen much of his former employee in recent months. .

And this is normal. Before the Olympic Games, Valero concentrated for six weeks training at altitude in the Sierra Nevada and then, before traveling to Tokyo, he took refuge in a rented chalet in Altea, where he got used to the humidity and They lived in a bubble. -Coronavirus With Coloma and his team.

“At BH Temple we have made many efforts so that both David and Stop [Del Alba Garca, compite hoy en la prueba femenina] Arrive Tokyo in the best possible way. For me this is the culmination of a project I started three years ago, when I decided it was time to have a truly professional team in Spain. Mountain bike“, explains Coloma and talks about how his professional union with Valero arose, his rival in national competitions for many years.

During Monday’s race in Valero, Monte Izu.Reuters

“Last October, at the World Cup in Austria, he told me he was not motivated, that he needed a change in his life, to be in a structure that really supported him, along with a physiotherapist, nutrition. With the specialist and I proceeded to sign him. BH tried to offer him a contract at his level and when we called it off he already confirmed that I had to wait for him and until the games. The focus should be on going along. By then my idea was to be in Tokyo and try to get another medal, but I already saw that my role should be different,” he admits, who was third at RO 2016. Was. Coloma and Valero together plan the last detail and even the surviving scenario: that a hook will delay her in the first moments and she will have to return.

“There are many more opponents in the World Cup, but in some games there are very few. So I told him not to worry, do your job and if the race is stalled, as it happened, he can catch everyone. The world in panties . Nino Schurter, current Olympic champion!”, ends Coloma and demands that now, Valero’s work be recognized, that it be supported, that it be pushed.

The kid who dreamed of BH California, who roamed the fields farmed by his family, who drenched himself selling bicycles and repairing bicycles, and who was late for a pro is now an Olympic medal is the winner. “Everything is desired,” Luis Aragon told his players in the documentary ahead of the 2008 Euro Cup final. And Valero, of course, wanted to.