September 07, 2012 (London, GBR) – Robert Labbé rode to the sixth place of the H1 category today in London as the 2012 Paralympic Games continued with the second day of road races.
Labbé, of Québec, QC completed the 48km race in 1:59.44, which was won by Mark Rohan of Ireland with a time of 1:53.09. Switzerland Tobias Fankhauser took second, while Wolfgang Schattaur of Austria crossed the line in third.
“I was in the pack for the first two rounds. I had a very good start. My arms responded well to the efforts. I had a small loss of energy midway, but I finished strong. Today it was windy, and it was a good 48km ride. I had to manage the efforts, the distance. I love the course here. My strength is not the turns, and there were lot of corners here today,” said Labbé. “What I like are the climbs. Anyone can win on a flat course, but on the climbs, you can see which ones are strong. I will never forget the end of the race today, with the large crowd applauding.”
In the H2 race, Mark Beggs completed the difficult course in tenth place after 1:52.12 of racing. “I have the impression I did all my homework as I should have done, and failed the exam. I gave everything I had, stayed with the pack for the first few laps and was dropped. I decided to fight until the very end, and have no regrets.”
Mark Ledo of Maple, Ontario, pulled out of the H3 race midway through the race, at the 16km mark, suffering from muscle spasm.
The road cycling events at the 2012 Paralympic Games end tomorrow with the remaining category, the fast and exciting tandems. For complete results of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, please click HERE.