Paralympic Games: the Lloveras-Ermenault tandem, 5th French gold medal

And five for the gold medals for the French team at the Tokyo Paralympic Games! Vice-world champion of the specialty, the French pair associating the cyclists Alexandre Lloveras, visually impaired from birth, to the former professional Corentin Ermenault, won in front of the Dutch pair of reigning Paralympic champions for a little less than seven seconds on a course of 32 km.

The French duo, created only in November, left frustrated with their fourth place on the track in the individual pursuit. They were aiming for gold at the Izu velodrome, with the help of Corentin Ermenault, bronze medalist in pursuit at the last World Championships for able-bodied people.

This is the first Paralympic Games for 20-year-old Alexander Lloveras, who only came to cycling in 2018 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, 25, former professional peloton within the Vital Concept team who had confided to having “had a burn- out of the bike ”before returning to the track with Alexandre.

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