Former two-time Champcar World Series champion Alex Zanardi claimed his second Paralympic gold medal just two days after he claimed his first. The Italian won the Men’s individual H4 road race today.
“To win this race in this way, in such a dramatic way and sprinting makes me really proud. It shows that I am a complete cyclist, even if I have no legs,” said Zanardi to BBC.
“The race did not go as I expected. I thought that I could take off soon and that I would only need to stay calm, but at the fourth lap I tested my opponents and understood my tactic would not work, so I changed it completely and only tried to save, save and save. I managed my energies well. It’s been a tough race, I could have very well lost it.”
The 45-year-old won ahead of Ernst van Dyk, South Africa, and Wim Decleir, Belgium.