The French cyclist notched his third medal in Tokyo with bronze in the road time trial on Tuesday, which is added to the gold in the individual pursuit and the kilometer money.
Third medal in as many individual events for Alexandre LÃ © autÃ ©, the French cyclist took bronze on Tuesday at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the road time trial (Category C2 ). “I had bad luck with my front line which was derailed several times”, regrets despite all the world champion of the discipline in this category since June. First gold medalist of the French delegation after winning the individual pursuit on Thursday on the Izu velodrome track, the 20-year-old Breton was on the the next day on the second step of the kilometer (cat. C1-3). “I do not think that doing several tests on the track has benefited me, my competitors did only one but I am not looking for excuses, they were stronger today” », Judges the one who also took part in the team speed on Saturday, finished in fourth place.
He can still hope for a fourth podium for his first Games Thursday in the road race. “A fourth medal, it may be complicated but given what happened, I will be revenge”, projects the cyclist who only pedals one leg, having lost 95% of its muscle power on the right side due to a stroke at birth.
The day of the time trial at Fuji Speedway is a success for French cyclists since LoÃ¯c Vergnaud took the silver for his first Games at 41 with his hand bike (category H5 ). Right leg tibial amputee after an accident at work in 2004, he is aiming for a second podium in the road race on Wednesday, backed by his status as vice-world champion. With his handbike as well (category H2), Florian Jouanny also won his first Paralympic medal. He won the bronze as at the world championships in June. Traplicated from a skiing accident ten years ago, he can still use some of his arms and hopes for another podium finish on Wednesday as a world medalist. These three additional podiums bring the hexagonal total to 31 medals in Tokyo, which is now very close to the goal of 35 initially set.
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