VIDEO. Paralympic Games – cycling: the Lloveras-Ermenault tandem wins the 5th French gold medal

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Alexandre Lloveras and Corentin Ermenault on Tuesday brought the French team its fifth gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games by winning the tandem road time trial.

Vice-world champion in the specialty, the French pair bringing together cyclists Alexandre Lloveras, visually impaired by birth, and Corentin Ermenault, ex-professional, won ahead of the Dutch pair of reigning Paralympic champions for just under seven seconds on a course of 32 kilometers.

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Full card for Alexandre Lloveras and Corentin Ermenault in the class B road time trial. The two Frenchmen set the best time narrowly.

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“This medal is the culmination of a very short project, savors Lloveras, 20 years, who lives his first Games in Tokyo. We started riding together in November against teams that had been trained for years. We were aiming for the Paralympic title, the Marseillaise, and today we did it, it’s magnificent. “

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In Gold in the class B time trial, Alexandre Lloveras and Corentin Ermenault are euphoric. Well done gentlemen!

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The French duo had come out of their fourth place on the track in the individual pursuit frustrated. They were aiming for gold at the Izu velodrome, backed by the contribution of Corentin Ermenault, bronze medalist in pursuit at the last Worlds among able-bodied.

“It’s even more beautiful than an individual title. We lived through very hard times, like this fourth place. We got up, we did it together,” said Alexandre Lloveras, who came to cycling in 2018 only, after practicing high-level athletics.

He explained last week to AFP that he had “stars in his eyes” when he learned of his association with Corentin Ermenault, 20 years old, former professional peloton within the Vital Concept team and victim of a “bike burnout”, in his words, before finding the way again with Alexandre.

“Winning this medal together, it’s extraordinary, appreciates the pilot. It’s something that we will not experience very much in our lives. We will have to savor.”

At least one last duo race awaits them on Friday with the road race.

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