Rio Paralympics: Germany at the top

Rio Paralympics: Germany at the top

Vico Merklein (GER) - Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Vico Merklein (GER) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Germany earned the most gold medals, with a total of eight from para-cycling road events at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Team Germany impressed in hand-cycling, tricycle, and C categories on the roads of Pontal, west of Rio.

Hans-Peter Durst led the charge in the time trial and the road race in the T1-T2 class. The six-time UCI World Champion improved his performance from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where he earned silver in the time Trial.

Two other Germans will leave Brazil with two medals from road events. Andrea Eskau (H5) won gold for the road race and silver in the time trial. Her Rio gold means that Eskau now has four gold medals earned in Paralympic Games since the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Andrea Eskau (GER) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Vico Merklein (H4) may not have been able to snap up the UCI World Champion’s rainbow jersey yet, but he is the road race Paralympic Champion, in addition to having won a bronze medal in the time trial.

Steffen Warias (C1-C2-C3) and Christiane Reppe (H1-H2-H3) also won gold at the road race. Michael Teuber (C1) andDorothee Vieth (H4-H5) earned gold at the time trial.

Italy: handcycling superpower

While Germany was a podium regular in almost all categories, Italy demonstrated its prowess in a focused manner – winning five gold medals in a single discipline, handcycling.

Team Italia – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Bolstered by their individual Paralympic titles in the time trial, Luca Mazzone (H2), Vittorio Podesta (H3) andAlessandro Zanardi (H5) combined to become a force to be reckoned with in the H2-H5 relay, where they once again earned gold medals in Rio.

Teammate Paolo Cecchetto (H3) took their example to heart, and also was the first to cross the line during the road race in the H3 class.

Team Great Britain, still a contender!

Team Great Britain was not as dominant on the road as it was in the velodrome a week earlier, but God Save the Queen still rang out four times – twice courtesy of wins by Sarah Storey.

Gold medallist Sarah Storey (GBR) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Storey once more made the record books with dominating performances in the C5 class in the time trial and road race. A week earlier at the velodrome, the 38 year-old athlete also earned the Paralympic title in the C5 individual pursuit. Storey now has an incredible 25 medals (cycling and swimming), including 14 gold medals.

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Storey also earned two gold from road events.

As they had done at the pursuit race a few days earlier, Steve Bate and pilot Adam Duggleby were the fastest in the time trial. Karen Darke (H1-H2-H3) was also a gold medallist at the time trial.

Two other nations – The Netherlands and the United States of America – also put in impressive performances in road and track events.

By winning the tandem road race on Saturday, The Netherlands duo Vincent Ter Shure and pilot Timo Fransencontinued their excellence, began at the velodrome. On track, Ter Shure and Fransen finished second in the pursuit; the duo also earned silver in the road time trial.

Gold medallists Vincent Ter Shure (NED) and Timo Fransen – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Teammate Alyda Norbruis (C1-C2-C3) will also return home to The Netherlands with three medals to her credit: gold in the road time trial; gold in the track 500m time trial; and bronze in the track pursuit.

Daniel Abraham Gebru (C4-C5, Road race) was yet another Dutch gold medal winner on Pontal’s roads.

In terms of Team U.S.A., Shawn Morelli (C4) added a gold medal from the time trial to her collection, which includes the medal she earned during the track pursuit. William Groulx pocketed the gold during the H2 road race, whileJamie Whitmore dominated the C1-C2 road race event.

Australian Carol Cooke finished first in the time trial and road race in the T1-T2 category.

Eoghan Clifford (C3 time trial) and tandem duo Katie George Dunlevy and Evelyn McCrystal (time trial) all won gold for Ireland, while Rafal Wilk (H4 time trial) and tandem duo Iwona Podkoscielna and Aleksandra Teclaw (road race) earned gold for Poland.

Ernst van Dyk (H5 South Africa), Tristen Chernove (C2; Canada; time trial), Jozef Metelka (C4 Slovakia; time trial) and Yehor Dementyev (C5; Ukraine, time trial) also earned Paralympic gold during road events.

Para-cycling sport classes:
H – Handbike
T – Tricycle
C – Conventional bike with some adaptations
B – Tandem (blind or visual impaired)

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Paralympics: History repeats for Sarah Storey during a sad final day of cycling in Rio

Paralympics: History repeats for Sarah Storey during a sad final day of cycling in Rio

Sarah Storey (GBR) - Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Sarah Storey (GBR) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The last day of para-cycling road events was marked by a third win for Sarah Storey at the Rio Games. After her triumphs in the track individual pursuit and road time trial in the C4-5 class, the native of England struck again, winning the road race.

Earlier during this final day of cycling in Rio, Iran’s Bahman Golbarnezhad (C4) crashed on the first section of the Grumari loop, a mountainous stretch of the course. He received treatment at the scene and was in the process of being taken to the athlete hospital when he suffered a cardiac arrest. The ambulance then diverted to the nearby Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra where he passed away soon after arrival.

Brian Cookson, UCI President said: “I am devastated to hear about the death of Iranian rider Bahman Golbarnezhad. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and the NPC of Iran to whom we offer our most sincere condolences.”

Bahman Golbarnezhad (IRI) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Sarah Storey broke away during the last lap of the 72-kilometer route, crossing the line in 2 hours 15 minutes 42 seconds. The 38 year-old athlete won with a convincing 3 minute 29 second lead on nearest – and perennial – rival, Anna Harkowska.

Poland’s Harkowska once again earned the silver medal, her second of this Games, after having won silver during Wednesday’s time trial. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Harkowska also took home silver from two road events that were won by Storey.

Team Great Britain’s Crystal Lane (+ 6 minutes 16 seconds) completed the podium. This is Lane’s second medal from Rio, who earned silver in the track individual pursuit race earlier in para-cycling events.

“The first five kilometres were a little boring. It was just a bit frustrating really. I just looked at the power, keeping it more than the pack could manage,” said Storey, who now has 14 Paralympic titles to her credit. “Hats off to everyone in the team and to everyone who has played a part in this. I’m really chuffed the way this whole championship has turned out.”

“She’s amazing, really strong, no matter what I try I wanted to beat her…but I think silver is very good for me. I will try and beat that in Tokyo,” commented Anna Harkowska about Storey.

Daniel Abraham Gebru (NED) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Abraham Gebru sneaks in for a surprise win

In Men’s racing, the 84-kilometer road race in the C4-5 class took an unexpected turn to say the least.

Yehor Dementyev, Paralympic Champion of the event, was in a good position to earn his third title in Rio. During the final sprint to the line, the Ukrainian and closest competitor, Australia’s Alistair Donohoe, collided and fell roughly 100 metres from the finish line.
Donohoe was able to get back on his bike and finish the race, earning fifth place, while Dementyev was disqualified.

The Netherlands’ Daniel Abraham Gebru was able to use the incident to his advantage, and won the event with a time of 2 hours 13 minutes 08 seconds.

Today’s win was a first for the 31 year-old athlete who is at his first Paralympic Games; until this medal, his best international result was a third place in the time trial at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. Gebru finished in fourth place in the time trial this week in Rio.

“My expectation was a bronze. I knew other riders were strong, so I said I don’t want to be in fourth place. I am so happy. I have been working hard,” commented Gebru.

A thrilling result for fans occurred when Brazil’s Lauro Cesar Chaman was also able to turn the collision into a positive. After having earned Brazil’s first ever Paralympic medal in para-cycling at Wednesday’s road time trial, the local favourite once more graced the podium. In the battle for the silver medal, Chaman bested Italy’s Andrea Tarlao; both athletes came in 38 seconds after the gold medallist.

Another surprise was that China’s Liu Xinyang and Slovakia’s Jozef Metelka were unable to complete the race.

Vincent Ter Shure (NED) and pilot Timo Fransen

A first win for Ter Shure

Already two-time silver medallists in Rio, The Netherlands’ Vincent Ter Shure and pilot Timo Fransen earned their first gold of the Paralympic Games with a win in the Men’s tandem. The Dutch duo crossed the line of the 114-kilometer race in a time of 2 hours 26 minutes 33 seconds.

In the final sprint, Team The Netherlands out-raced Team Spain’s duo of Ignacio Avila Rodriguez and Joan Font Bertoli, UCI World Champions of the event.

Team Great Britain’s Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby (+ 30 seconds), who dominated the road time trial and track pursuit, this time had to settle for the bronze medal.

In Women’s tandem racing, Poland’s Iwona Podkoscielna and pilot Aleksandra Teclaw retained their UCI Road World Championship title, winning the 84-kilometer event in a time of 1 hour 58 minutes 02 seconds.

Iwona Podkoscielna (POL) and pilot Aleksandra Teclaw – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Ireland’s Katie George Dunlevy and Evelyn McCrystal, newly crowned Paralympic Champions in the road time trial, finished second at +59 seconds behind the Polish duo.

New Zealand’s Emma Foy and Laura Thompson (+ 1 minute 31 seconds), previous silver medallists from the track pursuit event, took the bronze medal.

Team Germany is at the top of the medal rankings after road events, with a total of 14 medals – including eight gold.

Para-cycling sport classes:
H – Handbike
T – Tricycle
C – Conventional bike with some adaptations
B – Tandem (blind or visual impaired)

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Rio Paralympics: Cooke and Durst confirm their T1-2 supremacy

Rio Paralympics: Cooke and Durst confirm their T1-2 supremacy

Hans-Peter Durst (GER) - Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Hans-Peter Durst (GER) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Australia’s Carol Cooke and Germany’s Hans-Peter Durst used the third day of competitions in Pontal, Brazil, to each earn their second titles of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. After their victories in the T1-2 time trial, the two para-cyclists once again showed their wining ways during the road race.

In Men’s racing, Hans-Peter Durst was the fastest across the 30 kilometre road race route in 50 minutes 57 seconds. Team Great Britain’s David Stone and Columbia’s Nestor Ayala Ayala finished a mere three seconds behind the German athlete; Stone took the silver medal while Ayala Ayala took bronze.

“In this race it was important 800m before the finish line.I knew if I was there first, it was the win and that’s what happened. It is great to win gold,” commented Durst.

Two-time reigning UCI World Champion of the event, the 58 year-old had been unable to finish the road race at the London Paralympics; David Stone won the gold that year. Even though Stone had to give up his title to Durst, Stone nevertheless will go home with two medals from Rio after having earned the bronze in the time trial.

In Women’s racing, Carol Cooke also earned her second victory of the Games in the T1-2 class. The 55 year-old Australian dominated competitors during the 30 kilometer road race, crossing the line in 1 hour 07 minutes, 51 seconds. This is the third Paralympic title of Cooke’s career, and she’s been nearly unbeatable in road events for the past three years.

“It was a real relief, I think we as athletes put so much pressure on ourselves with our ranking and what we’ve done in the past. On a stage like this, the Paralympics, anything can happen. With 5.5 kilometres to go, just before I took off, I thought ‘geez, this is anybody’s race. I was really emotional on time Trial day, I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing. Today it’s just more of a ‘wow, yay, I’ve done it feeling,’ ” mused Cooke post-race.

American Jill Walsh stopped the clock 17 seconds after Cooke, securing the silver medal. Germany’s Jana Majunke rolled in 28 seconds after the winner, and completed the podium.

Steffen Warrias (GER) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Warias and Whitmore earn first Paralympic titles

In C1-2-3, new Paralympic Champions were crowned in both Men’s and Women’s road racing events.

Steffen Warias (C3) won the Men’s 71 kilometer event in 1 hour 49 minutes 11 seconds. In a sprint final, the 31 year-old German bested Belgium’s Kris Bosmans (C3) and Italy’s Fabio Anobile (C3), who finished second and third respectively.

Fifth in Wednesday’s road time trial, Warias finished second in the road race at the London Games, and 2015 UCI World Championships in Nottwil. With their wins today, Bosmans and Anobile have both earned their first Paralympic podium finishes.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I was already two-times World Champion, I won silver in London and now the Paralympic gold… This medal will not go in the sock draw like the others. This Paralympic gold will go in a special place,” commented Warias.

Jamie Whitmore (USA) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

At her first-ever Paralympic Games, Jamie Whitmore finished the Women’s C1-2-3 road race (47.4 kilometers) in a sprint that saw her cross the line first in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes 14 seconds.

China’s Zeng Sini (C2) and Team Germany’s Denise Schindler (C3), who had won the gold and silver medals respectively, at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, finished just behind Whitmore. Zeng earned silver and Schindler, bronze; the two aforementioned athletes were also on Wednesday’s road Time Trial podium.

Whitmore has been dominating road events for the past three years in the C3 class; this is her second medal at the Rio Games, as she won silver on the track in the individual pursuit event. Whitmore finished seventh in the road time trial.

“I’m feeling fantastic now that I won gold. This has been a life-long dream since I was about six years old and wanting to be an Olympian. I had a very wild pro career as a triathlete and mountain biker. I thought my dream had ended and then there’s this great thing called the Paralympics so I got a second chance,” explained the 40 year-old American.

Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Another Gold for Team Italy

The day came to a close with Team Italy’s relay victory in the H2-5 class. The mixed relay team composed of Vittorio Podesta, Luca Mazzone, and Alessandro Zanardi completed the 22.5 kilometer course in a time of 32 minutes 34 seconds.

Only 47 seconds behind was Team U.S.A.’s William Lachenauer, William Groulx, and Oscar Sanchez who earned the silver medal. Switzerland’s Lukas Weber, Tobias Fankhauser, and Heinz Frei crossed the line at +1 minute 28 seconds of the winners, and took home bronze.

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games Tem U.S.A. won the gold, with Italy taking second and Switzerland in third place.

Para-cycling sport classes:
H – Handbike
T – Tricycle
C – Conventional bike with some adaptations
B – Tandem (blind or visual impaired)

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Rio Paralympics: A few surprises in handcycling

Rio Paralympics: A few surprises in handcycling

Road Cycling event at the Paralympic Games
Road Cycling event at the Paralympic Games

The para-cycling event of the Rio Paralympic Games continued this Thursday, with the road races starting in Pontal. As the handcycling pros were hard at work, some athletes caused a surprising stir and snatched the victory away from the favourites.

South African Ernst Van Dyk snatched the H5 gold, to the surprise of many, after covering the 60 km in 1 hour 37 minutes 49 seconds. Towards the end of the race, he sprinted ahead of Italian Alessandro Zanardi and Dutch Jetze Plat, who finished second and third, respectively.

Alex Zanardi and Ernst van Dyk

Merklein and Cecchetto also surprise

In the H4, German Vico Merklein stole the victory away from Polish Rafal Wilk after winning the 60-km road race in 1h 28 min 48 s. This is a second medal for Merklein in Rio, on top of his time trial bronze.

Double-medallist in London, 2012, and holder of the event’s world title, Wilk came three seconds behind Merklein, and came away with the silver medal, to add to his gold from Wednesday’s time trial.

The third place on the podium went to France’s Joël Jeannot (+ 6 seconds).

It was certainly a disappointing day for Vittorio Podesta, time trial gold and a dominant force in the H3 class over the past three years. Today, he had to resign himself to the sixth place, after leading for most of the race.

His fellow countryman, Paolo Cecchetto, was the first to cover the 60 km to cross the finish line, after 1h 33 min 17 s. Germany’s Maximilian Weber and Canada’s Charles Moreau were also in the final sprint, and finished in second and third, respectively.

Paolo Cecchetto

Eskau and Reppe dominate, to no-one’s surprise

Things played out quite differently on the women’s side, with the favourites keeping up with the expectations.

In the H5, Andrea Eskau made podium yet again, claiming the road race gold. The 45-year-old German, H4-5 time trial double-medallist in London and silver in Rio, covered the 45 km road race in 1h 37 min 07 s. She has dominated the event in the past three editions of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

Andrea Eskau

After getting the time trial bronze, Laura de Vaan, from the Netherlands, came two seconds after Eskau and just before her fellow countrywoman Jennette Jansen.

Another German, Christiane Reppe, won the H1-2-3 45-km road race. Two-time UCI World Champion in the H4 event, she stopped the clock at 1h 15 min 56 s.

Christiane Reppe

“It’s a feeling I’ve never had before,” said Reppe, who took up cycling after the London Games. “I’ve never had a gold medal in the Paralympics. When I was a swimmer I was always third and behind.”

“I’ve been working a lot and very hard, especially in the last year. Trying everything to get the gold medal, and it really happened.”
In a heated dispute for second place, Korean Doyeon Lee (H4) got the better of Italian Francesca Porcellato (H3). Both of them finished two seconds after the champion.

Para-cycling sport classes:

H – Handbike
T – Tricycle
C – Conventional bike with some adaptations
B – Tandem (blind or visual impaired)

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Rio Paralympics: 18 Para-cyclists Crowned in Time Trial Events

Rio Paralympics: 18 Para-cyclists Crowned in Time Trial Events

Sarah Storey
Sarah Storey

Para-cyclists outdid themselves, Wednesday, in Pontal, where the first road racing events of the Paralympic Games began. On this, the first day of road events, no less than 18 Time Trial titles were at play. Numerous athletes were able to become acquainted with the podium yet again, after having won medals during track events.

One such athlete was Great Britain’s Sarah Storey (C5), who earned the 13th Paralympic title of her illustrious career. The 38 year-old athlete had earlier won the gold medal in the track Pursuit event, and completed today’s road Time Trial in 27 minutes 22.42 seconds. Poland’s Anna Harkowska (+ 1 minutes 30.37 seconds), a silver medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, once again took the silver. American Samantha Bosco (+ 1 minute 42.24 seconds) won the bronze.

In C4, American Shawn Morelli (29 minutes 45.40 seconds) posted a second victory in Rio. Teammate Megan Fisher (+ 30.32 seconds), reigning Paralympic Champion, had to settle for the silver medal. Australia’s Susan Powell (+ 33.89 seconds) finished in third place.

The Netherlands’ Alyda Norbruis also earned her second title and third medal of the Rio Games, with a win in the C1-2-3 in 30 minutes 50.54 seconds. As was the case in 2012, Germany’s Denise Schindler (+ 32.48 seconds) took the silver medal. China’s Sini Zeng(+ 54.91 s) finished third.

Team Great Britain’s Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall, Track Tandem Pursuit Champions, snagged the bronze medal, finishing +34.59 seconds behind Irish duo Katie George Dunlevy and Evelyn McCrystal, who won the event in a time of 38 minutes 59.22 seconds. Japan’s Yurie Kanuma and Mai Tanaka (+ 33.70 seconds) earned silver.

Dementyev, Metelka, and Bate Strike Again!

Yehor Dementyev

Yehor Dementyev defended his Paralympic title successfully in the C5 category. Already a gold medallist courtesy a great performance in the track Pursuit event, the Ukrainian crossed the finish line in 36 minutes 53.23 seconds. Australia’s Alistair Donohoe (+ 40.13 seconds) won the silver medal and Brazil’s Lauro Cesar Chaman (+ 44.20 seconds), won the bronze.

Jozef Metelka (C4) also revisited the podium with his second victory and third medal of the Games. With a time of 37 minutes 52.84 seconds, the Slovakian para-cyclist got to the line faster than Australia’s Kyle Bridgwood (+ 30.37 seconds), as well as the latter’s teammate Patrick Kuril (+ 1 minute 14.71 seconds).

In Men’s Tandem racing, Team Great Britain’s Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby won their second title of the Games with a time of 34 minutes 35.33 seconds. The Netherlands’ Vincent Ter Schure and Timo Fransen (+ 8.83 seconds) as well as Australia’s Kieran Modra and David Edwards (+ 33.73 s) rounded out the podium.

Canada’s Tristen Chernove (C2) earned his third medal and first gold in Rio with a time of 27 minutes 43.16 seconds. Ireland’s Colin Lynch (+ 19.09 seconds) came in after the Canuck, but ahead of London 2012 Games silver medallist China’s Liang Guihua (+ 34.61 seconds).

In C3, Irish para-cyclist Eoghan Clifford grabbed his second medal in Rio with a win in 38 minutes 21.79 seconds. Japan’s Masaki Fujita (+1 minute 08.62 seconds), and Canada’s Michael Sametz (+ 1 minute 19.49 seconds) finished second and third, respectively.

Impressive Rookies

Alessandro Zanardi

Other athletes made an impressive first appearance at the Rio Games. That was certainly the case with Michael Teuber: current World and Paralympic Champion in the C1 class, the German had a fantastic win in a time of 27 minutes 53.98 seconds. Canada’s Ross Wilson (+53.36 seconds) and Italy’s Giancarlo Masini (+ 53.85 seconds) rounded out the podium.

Two-time gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Italian Alessandro Zanardi (28 minutes 36.81 seconds) grabbed a win in the H5 category ahead of Australia’s Stuart Tripp (+ 2.74 seconds) and American Oscar Sanchez (+ 14.91 seconds).

Favoured to win the H4 class, Poland’s Rafal Wilk did not disappoint, earning the third Paralympic title of his career thanks to a time of 27 minutes 39.31 seconds. Team Austria’s Thomas Fruhwirth (+ 10 seconds) and Germany’s Vico Merklein (+ 1 minute 03.03 seconds) came in second and third, respectively.

Team Italy’s Vittorio Podesta (28 minutes 19.45 seconds) dominated in the H3 class. Two-time Road World Champion in 2015 and twice a gold medallist in London, Podesta bested Austria’s Walter Ablinger (+ 1 minute 06.56 seconds) and Canada’s Charles Moreau (+ 1 minute 07.46 seconds).

Podesta’s teammate Luca Mazzone (32 minutes 07.09 seconds) – who won every race he started in the last UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships – once more demonstrated mastery over his adversaries. Americans William Groulx (+ 6 minutes 03 seconds), and Brian Sheridan (+ 1 min 32.65 seconds) accompanied the Italian to the podium.

In T1-2, Germany’s Hans-Peter Durst (22 minutes 57.34 seconds) earned his first Paralympic title. American Ryan Boyle (+ 1 min 24.01 seconds) finished second, while Team Great Britain’s David Stone (+ 1 min 44.91 seconds) came in for third.

A First Paralympic Victory for Vieth

Dorothée Vieth

In H4-5, Team Germany’s Dorothee Vieth won in a time of 31 minutes 35.46 seconds; this Paralympic title is a career-first for 55 year-old Vieth, who is a five-time Paralympic medallist. Germany’s Andrea Eskau (+ 39.96 seconds) and the Netherlands’ Laura De Vaan (+ 1 minute 27.46 seconds) took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

In H1-2-3, Germany’s Karen Darke snapped up victory thanks to a time of 33 minutes 44.93 seconds. Darke bettered American Alicia Dana (+ 12.55 seconds) and Italy’s Francesca Porcellato (+ 35.55 seconds).

Lastly, Australia’s Carol Cooke (26 minutes 11.40 seconds) retained her Paralympic title in the T1-2 class. American Jill Walsh (+ 38.27 seconds) and Canadian Shelley Gautier (+ 39.47 seconds) rounded out the podium.

 

Para-cycling sport classes:

H – Handbike
T – Tricycle
C – Conventional bike with some adaptations
B – Tandem (blind or visual impaired)

Rio Paralympic Games – Quentin Aubague, the limitless Frenchman

Rio Paralympic Games – Quentin Aubague, the limitless Frenchman

Quentin Aubague
Quentin Aubague

Few road para-cyclists can boast the impressive athletic record that Quentin Aubague can. The 27 year-old Frenchman who competes in the T1 class has three French National Championships, and 11 gold medals earned at UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. In Rio, his goal is nothing less than to become the new Paralympic Champion in the time trial.

His dream of participating in the Paralympic Games came true at the London Games in 2012, where he finished just off the podium in the time trial, and crossed the line in the road race in ninth place. In Brazil, Aubague will be sure to use experience to his advantage.

However, the World-ranked number three para-cyclist will still have to beware of Sweden’s Rickard Nilsson – ranked second in UCI ranking, and who took fourth place in road race and time trial at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

Quentin Aubague

Courage and Perseverance

A passion for cycling has run in Quentin Aubague’s veins since he was little. A brain hemorrhage at birth left him a quadriplegic, and his right side is partially paralyzed. At one point, doctors told his parents that their son would never walk.

Against all odds, Aubague proved that doctors aren’t always correct. He started with a tricycle, then progressed to a tandem bike that he rode with his father, Bernard Aubague. Over time, and equipped with his three wheeled bike, he poured all his concentration and energy into his favourite athletic pursuit.

In 2008, he became UCI World Champion of the road race and the time trial; titles he holds dear, and would go on to win again in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015. Race after race, the native of France continually proves his tenacity and demonstrates that he has the stuff of champions all while earning medals.

During his career, Aubague has also risen above injuries – including a left scapula fracture which excluded him from the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Canada.

Quentin Aubague