"We took days working on their confidence, insisting that I could win a medal. These days in Tokyo has seen many motivational documentaries, the last one, one of Luis Aragonés who excited him. That's why just before the race I sent a video with images From that documentary, movies like Braveheart and everything along with a message from his Son Marco, who is three years old. The child has been the one who has pushed him. In Spain there were people who did not believe in their possibilities, who was trying to convince him for that would be to ensure the diploma, and I was saying: 'Look with the eyes of Marco, he believes in you, he does not have the contaminated mind, "says a broken Coloma of happiness, between silences forced by the I cry, after the bronze in his friend's Tokyo games, his former rival, his signing, his successor, by David Valero (Baza, 1988).
Everything that made Coloma to get on the podium in the 2016 Rio Games repeated Valero this Monday: the starting start, the comeback, the final attack ... only the gesture was grabbing the crotch, which changed for a scream Furious with his arms up. "Nobody knows everything that David has fought, everything he has worked ... since March we have recorded everything and I think we will do a documentary of those who like him," discovers Coloma and demands to go to the beginnings of Valero, That is, to the countryside, a town of 20,000 inhabitants east of Granada.
"Long life, his family is countryside, they have enough ground. They cultivate everything, tomatoes, peppers and even breed animals. There in the company of his father and his uncle [Agro-livestock Valero brothers] worked as a young That came to my store, cycles Montoya. With me four years, until age 23. It was mechanical and seller, a very good boy. Now I saw it stronger than ever. I came out with my son imanol, who went to school with him, Friends of all life, and I was saying: 'It's very strong, very strong' ", says José Ramón Montoya, who hired him before he took the leap to professionals. Valero's dream began at 10 years with a mythical BH California who gave him his parents, Francisco and Mari Carmen, continued on the outskirts of the town, and then, through the Sierra de Baza, who is known as the corridors of his house .
With its 1.89 meters as an obstacle, a rare height for a cyclist, cost him a world to get a hole at the Mountain Bike and, therefore, it took so long to take the jump. "He always had the illusion of being a professional, but he had no scholarships or aid. In lower categories they did not get him out, but he put a lot of effort until he pointed out the victma, then the Olympia and, before leaving with Coloma, the MMR. In the Rio games was already very strong, but it also hooked at the beginning and finished ninth. I am very happy for him, "finishes Montoya, that in recent months he has not seen his ex employee a lot.
"In the BH temple we have made many efforts so that both David as Rocío [Delba García, compete today in the feminine test] came to Tokyo in the best possible way. For me it is the culmination of a project that I started three years ago, When I decided that it was time that in Spain there was a truly professional team of Mountain Bike, "Exhibits Coloma and talks about how his professional union was born with Valero, for many years his rival in national competitions.
"Last October, at the Austrian World Cup, he told me he was unmotivated, who needed a change in his life, being in a structure that really supported him, with physiotherapists, with nutritionists and started moving to sign it. Bh made an effort To offer you a contract at your level and when we closed it I already confirmed that I should focus on accompanying him and dew to the games. Until then my idea was to be in Tokyo and try to get another medal, but I saw that my role should be another " , he recognizes who was third in Rio 2016. Together, Coloma and Valero planned until the last detail and even the lived scenario: that a hook delayed him in the first moments and had to go back.
"In the World Cup there are many more rivals, but in a few games there are very few. That's why I told him not to worry, that he would do his and that if the race stopped, as he has passed, he had happened, he could catch all the World in panties. It is that he has released Nino Schurter, the current Olympic Champion! "Finishes Coloma and claims that now, the work of Valero is recognized, which is supported, to be thrown.
The kid who dreamed of a BH California, who traveled the fields cultivated by his family, who was soaked with cycling selling and fixing bicycles and that came late to professionalism is now an Olympic medalist. "Everything is wanting," said Luis Aragonés to the players of him before the final of the Euro 2008 in the documentary. And Valero, of course, wanted.Updated Date: 26 July 2021, 10:52