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BMX Freestyle: Anthony Jeanjean and Laurie Perez, French champions at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome

“Meeting on the Place de la Concorde.” Anthony Jeanjean didn’t beat around the bush. Comfortable both in the air and behind the microphone, Bitterroy celebrated his French title as he should this Sunday, in front of a dazzled crowd at the National Velodrome. The freestyle park BMX star succeeded in his final test of the season, retaining his national crown in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Yvelines).

Those aiming to reach the podium in 230 days at the Place de la Concorde, the Olympic BMX venue, ended this magnificent weekend in the center of the race track with a bang. “I’m very proud to score my two tries. This is very good preparation for international competitions. This only bodes well for next year. I’m going to take a few days off with my family for Christmas, but I’m fully prepared. The road is still a long way towards Paris. »

If Jeanjean remains a step above the rest, the competition will fall behind and a second ticket to the Olympics is possible among the men. It is logical that this should happen in the spring between Kevin Fabreg (2nd place), Benjamin Daldy (3rd place) and Istvan Kaye (4th place).

Among the women, the title remains with 20-year-old Laurie Perez. Bitterroise (also) had two quality runs, beating newly naturalized Russian Valeria Lyubimova. Enough to score points with an eye toward Olympic qualification. “It was very important to me to keep this jersey and get the job done,” the person said.

“Valeria can do more, as can Laurie, but I’m very pleased with their performance today. It’s an interesting rivalry, they exchange more and more, it’s good,” says freestyle BMX head coach Florian Ferrass.

20-year-old Laurie Perez has a good chance of representing France at the Games in Paris.

Mathias Dandois expands his “Pokémon collection” with “flat” ones

On the flat side, which will be a demonstration sport in Paris, favorite Mathias Dandois delighted the crowd and corrected a minor anomaly. The nine-time world champion has never competed in an elite French championship before. “This adds to my Pokémon collection, I’m done again,” laughed the man who intends to make these Paris Games a springboard for park and flat BMX and urban sports in general.

In the coming months, he plans to invite Jeanjean and Perez to his academy in Champagne to optimize their preparation and “bring the cup home.” On the girls side, young Jeanne Seigneur (COC Fougerais) took the win at the start of the day.

According to the organization, the French championship will attract a total of about 3,000 spectators, including 2,000 on Sunday. “An obvious success,” according to French Cycling Federation events director Nicolas Andre. The challenge was significant for the FFC, which organized this indoor competition, a rarity in this sport with an underground spirit and which will return to the outdoors during the Games. This Monday, the French delegation plans to go to the Place de la Concorde to get acquainted with the place and, hopefully, get in a good mood.

Source: Le Parisien

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