The Cofidis team's colours were raised for a long time on the podiums of the French para-cycling championships this weekend. Held in Ploërmel, they confirmed the talent of the northern team and the great dynamics maintained by all the riders.
Among the women, during the road races on Saturday, Katell Alençon and Elise Marc won and were crowned French champions, respectively in WC4 and WC3. And the smiles and hugs were also there for the men.
In the men's category too, there were some great emotions
Gatien Rousseau was crowned French champion in the road race. In the same event, Mickael Carlier won the bronze medal. Earlier in the weekend, it was Valentin Sicot who won the title of French MC3 champion. Mathieu Bosredon won the silver medal in the same exercise.
On Sunday, during the time trial, they all shone again. Katell Alençon, Élise Marc, Mathieu Bosredon, Valentin Sicot and Gatien Le Rousseau were crowned in this speciality. On his side, Mickael Carlier obtained a bronze medal.
Their successes allow us to launch the summer campaign with enthusiasm. The summer will be marked by several events: a time trial during the Tour des Deux-Sèvres on July 6th, the Kreiz Breiz handisport on July 29th before the Road World Cup in Quebec (August 4th to 7th) and the Road World Championships, again in Canada (August 11th to 14th). And the team will do everything to ensure that the incredible momentum and medal haul continues.
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BRIEF
Katell Alençon: French time trial champion and road race champion
Élise Marc: French time trial champion and road race
Gatien Le Rousseau: French chrono champion and road race
Valentin Sicot: French time trial champion and road race
Mathieu Bosredon: French time trial champion, French runner-up in the road race
Mickael Carlier: 3rd in the road race, 3rd in the time trial
Valérie Alexandre, Cofidis handisport director: "It's obviously a magnificent balance sheet. It is one of the most beautiful balance sheets, if not the best, since the creation of the team. The whole team was up to the task despite the fatigue accumulated with the competitions of the last weeks. Everyone managed well and everything went according to plan. The plan was generally respected, it was a very good weekend and we can only be delighted. The big surprise of the weekend was Gatien Le Rousseau. Despite a recent change of category, which obliges him to compete against stronger opponents, he managed to obtain two French championship titles. For someone who has only been cycling for a year, this is exceptional. This success is also due to the help of his teammate Mickael Carlier, a great proof of cohesion for the team.