Lauro Chaman beats Olympians and is Brazilian road cycling champion



Luis Caudio Antunes/CBC

Silver and bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Lauro Chaman not only proved this Thursday that he can compete on equal terms with the Olympians, but also win them. The cyclist from Araraquara put on a show in the time trial at Brazilian Road Championship, which is being played in Palmasand won the title with a 52 second advantage over the second place, which was Cristian Egídio.

“I would like to thank you for everything that CBC does for us and also my team. The championship is beautiful, the tests are taking place on a very demanding course, with a lot of wind, and that makes a lot of difference when choosing the best strategy. Today I ran carrying a gift that my son gave me and it ended up giving me luck. This victory is for him and my whole family”, cheered Lauro Chaman, who competes among the Paralympics for having atrophied calf muscles.

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Lauro Chaman covered the 29.7 km of the time trial, which is the event in which cyclists run alone on the track, one at a time, in 38:48.314. Cristian Egídio was second with 39min40s355. Vinícius Rangel, who was third overall with 40min01s373, was the champion in the under-23 category. The athlete competes on the professional circuit for the Movistar team, from Spain.

“Being able to be in Brazil competing with the Brazilian and returning to Europe with the gold medal is a great satisfaction. The championship is bringing together the best of our country, all very well prepared, so it is an important victory in the career of any athlete. On Sunday I’ll still be competing in the endurance race and I’ll do my best to get another podium”, declared Vinicius Rangel.

The time trial champions: Ana Paula Polegatch and Lauro Chaman (Luis Caudio Antunes/CBC)

In the female category, Ana Paula Polegatch won the time trial title of the Brazilian Road Cycling Championship for the fourth time in her career. The cyclist from Guarapuava completed the 19.8 km of the race in 28min53s023, 37s254 ahead of Tamires Fanny Radatz, who took the runner-up. Taise Maiara Benato completed the podium with 29min50s507. In the under-23, Ana Vitória Magalhães was the champion with a time of 29:51.089.

“This is my fourth national time trial title and it had an even more special taste. I didn’t have the opportunity to do any tests for this Brazilian, I got dengue, I had a recent fall, so now I’m resuming training and I was very happy with my performance”, highlighted Ana Paula Polegach.

The Brazilian Road Cycling Championship continues this Friday in Palmas with the resistance tests of the basic categories. On Sunday, elite and U-23 athletes return to the track to also compete in endurance events.

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