November 9, 2009 (Montreal, QC) – Paracyclist Jean Quevillon announced his retirement last week after 11 years on the national paracycling team. The 46-year-old CP3 cyclist from Quebec had a distinguished career, finishing twice on the podium at the Paralympics Games. He won silver in individual TT at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 and took home bronze in individual pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
In his 20s, Quevillon was struck by a car while crossing a street and has since competed as a CP3 cyclist (a classification of cyclists suffering from Cerebral Palsy). His partner, Marie-Claude Molnar, recently picked up two bronze medals the recent world road championships in Bogogno (Italy) as a CP4 cyclist.
“I was on the national team for 11 years and had a fabulous sporting career where year after year, I improved,” said Quevillon. “But it’s certain that things will start to deteriorate at some point so I’ve decided to withdraw before that starts.” Quevillon competed in the CP3 category adding that the accumulation of the stress and fatigue connected with competing contributed to his decision.
Full release (in French) here