edward santa He didn’t wake up from the dream he lived in canada world cupin which he eventually won the gold medal in the time trial, as well as the bronze in the road race, in the category of Disability C3, A gold that Tarazona did not expect. ,I’m really happy, I didn’t expect this win. I knew I could finish among the best, but I didn’t expect to be the first. All competitors have high standards and it is too complicated to be world champion”, recognizes the cyclist, who believed the British had better chances. Graham Y WatsonOr the Frenchman, the former champion of the time trial in the last edition in Portugal Florian Bouziani Which is called “I could very rarely beat them”.
Actually, the competition in which he won a bronze medal, road test, Aragonese had to dispute the sprint for a valuable third medal. “We ran the whole race trying to get ahead. Two runners left and we left behind a small group. The last sprint was very tough, but I took the medal.”color.
Furthermore, Santa insists that he had been training all year and in order to properly prepare for the World Cup, he went to the Sierra Nevada to train throughout the month of July. “I went to High Performance Center in the Sierra NevadaI was very comfortable, the temperature is low, but the altitude is high. This was the last place I trained before I traveled to Canada”, emphasizes the cyclist, who believes the preparation had a positive effect on his health, as Aragonese himself explains that “I have no health problems. And I have come in great form.”
However, the dream actually started with his passion for cycling when he was just a kid. While he continued to paddle and enjoy the discipline, Aragonese suffered a Hemiplegia after encephalitis due to a complaint of chicken pox at 4 years of age. The disease is characterized by paralysis of half of the body, especially the extremities, although it can also affect the hemispheres of the brain. ,My entire right side was paralyzed, which lasts forever because those are the neurological areas that must be dead”, Still, that didn’t stop his passion for cycling. On the contrary, it was the moment he began to fly. ,Nothing stopped me, since I was 8 years old, I have taken part in general cycling, as I have always had a long tradition of this sport and I started with adapted cycling when I was of legal age .He commented.
“I knew I could finish among the best, but I didn’t expect to be first”
On the other hand, track cycling One of the great passions of the saints. In this modality, the contestants pass through an oval velodrome whose length is 250 metropolis, Aragonese can’t choose between his love. “I like both equally, I like to combine both disciplines and luckily I have won medals in both road and track modes. So I have no preference”Turiasonense stands out with laughter.
Finally, Santa, who already knows what it’s like to compete internationally at age 35, as he competed in the World Championship of Adapted Cycling in Aguascalientes. Mexico in 2014, where he won the team speed test C1-5. He also traveled to Brazil Rio 2016 GamesThe first Paralympic event of his career in which won bronze In the same speed class that he won in Mexico. in his second Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2021, He earned two Olympic diplomas, but could not win a medal. Now living a second youth, the saint feels free. ,He had been trying to win for years. I was always close to Silver and Bronze and already thought I wouldn’t get it. Now I want to go to the Track World Championships in France in October and I want to qualify for the 2024 Paris Games.”ends.