Luís Costa was seconds away from the bronze medal in the European Paracycling

“Luis is to be congratulated, he gave everything he had”, said the national coach

Luís Costa, a native of Castro Verde who resides in Portimão, was close to winning the bronze medal in the H5 class time trial of the European Paracycling Championship, finishing in fourth place in the race held this Thursday, 26 May, in Gallspach. , Austria.

Luís Costa completed the individual exercise of 27,55 kilometers in 43'05''91, staying 7,85 seconds away from the bronze medal, won by Dutchman Tim de Vries.

Another runner from the Netherlands, Mitch Valize won the gold medal, showing enormous superiority, with 39'11''51. Frenchman Loic Vergnaud was second, with 40'11''63.

Flávio Pacheco was the other Portuguese in action today, competing in the H4 class, whose time trial was also contested over 27,55 kilometres. The National Team rider finished in seventh position, with 45'00''13.

Austrian Thomas Frühwirth won the H4 class race, with 40'10''48. French Mathieu Bosredom followed, at 31,34s, and Austrian Alexander Gritsch, at 36,19s.

The European program continues this Friday with more time trials. Lochen will receive the evidence. Bernardo Vieira, in C1, and Telmo Pinão, in C2, will complete 12,45 kilometers. Hélder Maximino, in C5, will have 22,39 kilometers ahead. The start is scheduled for 13:30 pm.

“Luis is to be congratulated, he gave everything he had. He was in the medals discussion, which is very good. Flávio Pacheco fulfilled expectations», summed up national coach José Marques.