Nico Naranjo's last sprint

“Each one reaps what he sows”, says an old saying that this Tuesday was reflected during the last goodbye to Nicolás Naranjo. At least five thousand people, including those who went to Sportivo Rivadavia de La Bebida and those who took to the streets, said goodbye and thanked the young cycling idol for his sports conquests, but above all for his humility in his 31 years of life.

From very early on, the stadium in the town of Rivadavia dressed in red and white and received a real crowd that came to say goodbye to Nico and also offer condolences to the family. There were moments of great sadness and pain, which multiplied until it was time for the funeral procession of one of the best sprinters of the last decade.

For just over five hours that the wake lasted, there were long lines of people who faced the oppressive day of heat with the sole purpose of accompanying the pedal rider who died last Sunday after suffering an accident while competing at the Ernesto Contreras velodrome of Mendoza.

Nico’s family and closest friends were always next to the coffin, at the foot of the canyon, while those close to him and cycling fans passed by, said goodbye to him with emotional words and then took up positions outside the tent, on the field. playing and even in the stands.

In every corner of the club lawn there were heartbreaking images, of friends, of colleagues. In all the groups, they only spoke about Nicolás Naranjo, his talent and also his humility. Everything between tears.

A separate, heartbreaking paragraph for the champion’s mother, the one who raised a much loved human being and saw the birth of the cyclist who then gave himself to his small homeland, La Bebida, and all the people of San Juan. Pearl has no consolation, she cried without finding an answer to such a tragedy. You will never see your child cross the finish line, stand on the podium and hug her.

But the sadness did not stop there, but moved to the San Miguel de Rawson cemetery. First, when leaving Rivadavia, Paulo Sotelo and his trumpet accompanied the coffin while the crying and emotion increased. And then, throughout the tour that included passing through his lifelong home, thousands more fans applauded on one side of the street, following the rhythm of the multicolored squad that “guarded” the idol.

The arrival at the cemetery was similar to the farewell that Wey Zapata had last April. With hundreds of cyclists (on that occasion they were motorcyclists) dressed in the jerseys of different teams and the red and yellow flags of the Virgin of Fátima Group, the Cabezón flew to his last resting place as he did in each package.

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