France occupies the 13e rank in the medal table of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, after the gold obtained by the pair Alexandre Lloveras and Corentin Ermenault. They both won, Tuesday, August 31, a fifth tricolor success after winning in the tandem road time trial.
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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 kilometers.
The first Games of Alexander Lloveras
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 to AFP last week that he had “Stars in the eyes” by learning of his association with Corentin Ermenault, 25, former professional peloton within the Vital Concept team, who had confided to have “Burns out the bike” before finding his way back with Alexandre.