Winner of his series with a new world record, then disqualified, Ewoud Vromant went through all the thrills of the 3km individual pursuit series in the track cycling events at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Thursday.
Disqualified for a bad position in the saddle, Ewoud Vromant regretted that “the jury did not go back on its decision.“
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“I’m not angry, but the disappointment is huge“, said the Flandrian, 37, whose management even used the images of Sporza, the Flemish television channel, to try to convince the jury.
“It is difficult to manage. I did not use my saddle properly (it was positioned too far forward) according to the UCI. This rule is made for the safety of the rider. I obviously do not agree with the decision. We have done everything to show that it is not fair, but the jury did not reverse its decision. It went on for a while. It was really hard when I had my wife and kids online. They hoped so much too“.
Ewoud Vromant could legitimately come home with a gold medal. “Everything had gone well so far. I had seen that the French driver was driving very hard in training. But my preparation was perfect and I was really focused on my own race. I did everything I had to. I have nothing to reproach myself. I just have to accept the decision and focus on road cycling. This is my second goal in these Games. I really have to go get a medal to get my revenge.“
Ewoud Vromant will indeed switch to road cycling where he will compete in the road race on September 2 over 79 km after having run in the time trial on August 31 in class C2 over 24 km.
Ewoud Vromant won the bronze medal at the Para-cycling World Championships in Portugal last June, his second after 2019. He was also vice-world champion in the time trial in 2019.