Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Paralympic Athlete Gets Back One of Two Stolen Bikes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Paralympic Athlete Gets Back One of Two Stolen Bikes

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Paralympic cyclist gets one stolen bike back

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QUEBEC - A Quebec paralympic cyclist whose two racing bicycles were stolen just weeks before the Rio Games has one of them back in her possession.

"It needs a bit of love but it (the damage) is superficial," Marie-Eve Croteau told a news conference. "I am really happy.

Croteau, 37, said on the weekend she thought her trip to Rio was in doubt after she discovered the theft Friday.

The bike that was found is for road racing, while the one still missing is for time trials.

Neither police nor Croteau gave any details about how the bike was tracked down.

Croteau admits the last few days have taken their toll in some ways.

"Now, it's time to concentrate," she said. "I'm a bit tired right now and it's not the right kind of fatigue. It's not the fatigue you want as an athlete."

Both bicycles have modified frames with two back wheels and were specially made for Croteau, who says she has a handicap that affects mostly her left side. …

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