Bryan Coquard showed his immense talent and huge potential for the future by winning the silver medal in the men’s Omnium at the London Olympics.
The Frenchman is only 20 years old but raced with a maturity and class that indicates he is a future star of the sport. He is already a successful rider on the road with the Colnago-sponsored Vendee U team and will turn professional with Team Europcar in 2013. We can’t wait to see him taking on Mark Cavendish on the other sprinters in the professional races.
Coquard finished just two points behind Omnium gold medallist Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark, who recovered from a crash in the Scratch race to pull back a lap and then dominate the kilometre –the final event of the six-race competition. Great Britain’s Edward Clancy took the bronze medal.
“I’m super happy,” Coquard said after collecting his silver medal with a huge smile on his face. “I’ve been thinking about the Olympics for two years and working very hard. You could say that the Omnium was made for me. It was created when I was a junior and I went on to become double junior world champion. I achieved everything I wanted. I managed to qualify for the Olympics and also won the track world Cup standings. Even if I didn’t win gold in London, the Omnium is still my event!
Coquard is looking forward to racing as a professional and exciting professional cycling fans just as he did on the Olympic velodrome.
“I’ve still got a lot of childhood dreams. I realised I wanted to race when I first watched the Tour de France. I’m going to turn professional with Team Europcar in January. I love spectacular racing, that entertains the public. Thomas Voeckler and Pierre Rolland were inspirational again this year. I want to be part of that, I want to win races and excite people.”