Luís Costa finishes the Paracycling World Championship in 11th place after suffering a fall

The Portuguese Flávio Pacheco came in 16th, in a category different from that of Luís Costa

The “Algarvian” Luís Costa was yesterday in 11th place in the H5 class road distance race of the World Paracycling Championship, which takes place in Scotland, after having been the victim of a fall when he was well positioned to finish in the top six places.

The paracyclist, who was born in the Alentejo but has lived in the Algarve for a long time, completed the 62,4 kilometers (four laps of a 15,6 kilometer route) in 1h48m09s, 6m43s more than the record of the Dutchman Mitch Valize, who won the gold, ahead of compatriot Tim de Vries, second, and Frenchman Loic Vergnaud, third.

H5's race coincided with H4's, in which Flávio Pacheco finished in 16th position. The Portuguese paracyclist completed the race in 1h50m42s, 16m52s more than the best time. That record belonged to the Belgian Jonas van de Steene, who overcame the French Mathieu Bosredon and the Austrian Thomas Fruhwirth, ranked second and third, respectively.

«The balance is not as positive as intended because Luís was the victim of a fall when he was well classified and missed an opportunity to collect more points for Portugal. Flávio was fine and did a race within our expectations», explained José Marques, national paracycling coach.