The duo won the fifth French title in Japan, in the time trial. Cyclists are currently the biggest purveyors of French medals.
Alexandre Lloveras and Corentin Ermenault on Tuesday brought the France team its fifth gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, by winning the tandem road time trial.
Victory over the Dutch
Vice-world champions 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 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 came to cycling in 2018 only, 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.
Track cycling is the main provider of gold medals for the Blues, after Dorian Foulon and Alexandre Léauté in individual. And after Alexis Hanquinquant in triathlon on Saturday, it was table tennis player Fabien Lamirault who won gold on Monday.