The Spanish BH Templo Cafés rider achieved a spectacular comeback from 35th position to take the 3rd spot on the final podium in the men’s race of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
David Valero and the other Galfer Bike riders put in an excellent performance in the men’s MTB race at the Tokyo Olympics. Valero and his BH Lynx fitted with GALFER brake discs and pads made a spectacular comeback, climbing up more than 30 positions.
He left the starting grid in 14th position but had a shaky start, getting caught up with several other riders, which sent him back to the 35th position. But he immediately recovered and mounted an incredible comeback during the 6 laps of the tricky and technical Izu course (Japan) until he was among the front group battling it out for the bronze medal. Valero continued to forge ahead and managed to leave behind Nino Schurter, Victor Koretzky and Anton Cooper to clinch the long-awaited and well-deserved bronze medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The other two male Galfer Bike riders of the KMC-Orbea Team also rode a great race: the Frenchman Victor Koretzky finished in 5th position and was fighting for a medal until the last lap, while the Dutchman Milan Vader finished 10th, after being among the front group for a good part of the race. Both rode an Orbea Oiz fitted with Disc Wave® DB102W brake discs and Advanced G1851 brake pads.
In the women’s category, Rocío del Alba didn’t have such a great race, suffering a technical problem, which prevented her from giving her best performance. Danish rider Malene Degn finished 12th in the women’s race.