Comité Paralímpico Argentino is reporting that cyclist Rodrigo Fernando López is recovering at home following an operation and plans to be back on the track in short time.
Thirty-five-year-old C1 cyclist López is currently ranked number one in the world on the track, and fifteenth on the road. He has not participated in any major road races since August, when he finished eighth in the C1 time trial at the IPC Road World Championships. His only other major road event last year was the UCI World Cup in Cantimpalos where he finished sixth in the time trial, and ninth in the road race. His track competition for major events was limited to the Track World Championships, where he finished first in the C1 1,000 meter time trial and first in the C1 3 kilometer pursuit.
López competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and earned Argentina’s first diploma of the Games. On the track, he finished seventh in the C1-3 men’s 1 kilometer time trial, and won a bronze in the C1 men’s individual pursuit. He also competed at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics, while winning a bronze medal in Athens.
López has cerebral palsy.