A people cries without consolation to the idol of the eternal smile

Tuesday noon. The gate of the Sportivo Rivadavia court remains open, but not everyone can pass. Outside the atmosphere is stark silence. Lost looks, lowered heads, a lot of sadness to say goodbye to Nicolás Naranjo, who tragically lost his life due to the serious injuries suffered after a terrible fall suffered while competing in a race at the Mendoza Velodrome. Inside there is only room for family and friends.

The body has not yet arrived but the pain invades every corner of the place. The cyclist’s mother breaks, but resists. Go through the moment that no parent should go through. Cries, tries to find comfort in the arms of relatives and acquaintances. She does what she can, immersed in a desperate situation. The scenes are heartbreaking. The young pedal rider’s wife is also there, tears running down her cheeks in waves.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., Naranjo’s remains arrive in the Lanusse farm truck. Someone places an Argentine flag on the coffin that, being held by relatives, is transferred to the tent where their loved ones are waiting. Everything happens between applause and the shout of ‘Give him champion’. The anguish is immense and can be seen in every corner of the Red court, Nico’s love club. The fans, also present, filled the fences with flags.

The ceremony for the family is short, it does not last more than 20 minutes. At some point a small palante begins to sound with farewell songs. However, the music does not cover the screams that echo in every corner.

Among those present is Nicolás Tivani, devastated. Friend and colleague, could not contain the crying. An ambulance arrives to assist those in need. It is that sadness begins to penetrate the body, the pain is so deep that the physical begins to feel it. Around 13:00, Ricardo Dillon arrives at the club to say goodbye to Naranjo.

Finally, the doors open and the ceremony is no longer intimate and popular. The people who came to say goodbye to the young man with the big smile, begins to pass. Fans, neighbors, acquaintances. Everyone has the need to greet the champion one last time. And thank you for every joy.

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