The biker from Granada signs a great race in the XCO World Championship and is only surpassed in the end by the Swiss Schurter
David Valero came very close to being crowned XCO MTB world champion for the first time. In a great race on the demanding circuit of Les Gets (France), he finally won the silver medal in a great race, in which he kept a close pulse with the legendary Swiss Nino Schurter, who managed to be the fastest and got his tenth world wound.
The performance of the Basque biker was memorable. He passed in first position with one lap to go, along with Schurter, but in the last kilometers he could no longer resist the attack of his main rival, but that does not detract from a second place for which many of his rivals would have dreamed of.
He showed from the beginning the great state of form with which he arrived at this World Championship after his great results in the World Cup. From the beginning he got into the leading group and at no time lost contact with the best. The test took place in good weather and there was no rain, which would have made the track even harder. He positioned himself well from the start and kept an eye on the main wheels that were going to compete for the podium.
He was a bit cut off at the beginning, but already in the first step over the finish line he was with the main group. Pidcok, one of the favorites, fell behind in the first lap. Schurter and Frenchman Carod were ahead. The bastetano got into the leading group at the start of the second lap. A select group of six cyclists was formed, who already showed that they were the strongest and those who were going to fight hard for the three medals. In the relegation zones, David Valero lost a few seconds, but later he was able to catch up with his rivals again. He managed to place himself in third place at the end of the second round. He already looked very strong and everything indicated that he was going to be able to be with the strongest in the race.
Pidckoc was able to hook back into the lead group and even shot, but that effort took its toll later. Valero did not lose sight of him and even took the lead at the start of the fourth lap. He escaped with Schurter and the Italian Braidot. The fifth lap was spent in first place.
From that moment Schurter attacked hard and David Valero resisted that great pace of the Swiss. The two left together and everything suggested that they were going to play for the gold medal between them. Gone are Braidot and Pidcok. The sixth lap showed that everyone was launched and ready to do their best.
David Valero did not reserve anything and passed in the first place in the absence of the last lap that was going to decide everything. He had a close duel with Schurter. Pidcok was no longer going to be a threat when he got caught on a log in an area of the course. Nor Braidot, who could not resist the rhythm of the two leaders.
Schurter opted for a change of pace and Baza's man held on again. He tried to overtake him in some sections, but it was not possible and the Swiss pushed again and this time he was able to gain a few more meters, which was enough. David Valero did not give up but that distance already seemed insurmountable and he was aware that he had to settle for a brilliant second position. He was only beaten by the legendary Nino Schurter by nine seconds.