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Tokyo 2021: a rain of medals for the French in cycling


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French duo Corentin Ermenault and Alexandre Lloveras won gold Tuesday at the Paralympic Games in the road time trial (class B), while Alexandre Léauté took bronze in the road time trial ( C2), his third Paralympic medal in as many individual events. Loïc Vergnaud also won silver in the time trial (H5), while Florian Jouanny won bronze in the road time trial (H2).

The French Paralympic team won, Tuesday, August 31, a fifth gold medal thanks to Alexandre Lloveras and his guide Corentin Ermenault on the road time trial (class B). They dominated the Dutchman Vincent Schure from start to finish, helped by his driver Timo Fransen. The Spaniards Christian Venge Balboa and Noel Martin Infante completed the podium.

Their compatriot Alexandre Léauté is unstoppable. The French cyclist won a third medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. He took bronze in the road time trial (C2).

“I was unlucky with my front range which has derailed several times”, however regretted the world champion of the discipline in this category since June.

The first gold medalist of the French delegation after winning the individual pursuit on the Izu velodrome on Thursday, the 20-year-old Breton climbed the next day on the second step of the kilometer (C1-3). “I think doing several track events did not benefit me, my competitors did only one but I am not looking for excuses, they were stronger today”, judges the one who has also competed Saturday in team speed, finished in fourth place.

Towards a fourth medal?

He can still hope for a fourth podium for his first Games on Thursday in the road race. “A fourth medal, it might be complicated but given what happened, I’ll be revenge”, projects the cyclist who pedals only one leg, having lost 95% of his muscle power side right because of a stroke at birth.

The time trial day at Fuji Speedway is a success for French cyclists as Loïc Vergnaud took the silver for his first Games at 41 with his hand bike (H5). Tibial amputee of his right leg after an accident at work in 2004, he is aiming for a second podium in the road race on Wednesday, with his status as vice-world champion.

Florian Jouanny also won his first Paralympic medal with his handbike (H2). He won bronze as at the world championships in June. Quadriplegic following a skiing accident ten years ago, he can still use some of his arms and is hoping for another podium on Wednesday as a world medalist.

Thanks to its new awards, the French delegation now has 32 medals, including five in gold. She has already surpassed Rio’s total (28) and is only three units away from the goal of 35 podiums set before the Games.

With AFP


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