Cycling in mourning. According to information from Le Parisien on Saturday, May 22, Robert Marchand died at the age of 109.

He was the oldest athlete and cyclist. Three years after retiring, he was so tireless in love with cycling, Robert Marchand is dead on the night of this Friday 21 to this Saturday 22 May at the age of 109, as reported by the daily The Parisian. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in the nursing home where he lived in Mitry-Mory in Seine-et-Marne. ” Robert, he was a great champion “, Launched the mayor of the municipality Charlotte Blandiot-Faride,” someone who made you dream and who kept her head on her shoulders. He was also a friend, someone very committed to unions and politically on the left! It was the image of our city. »

She remembered a particularly committed athlete. « He was still present in the demonstrations as during the municipal elections of 2020 in the meeting points before the confinement », She continued about Robert Marchand. To express his love for the city, he had also bequeathed many objects such as a bicycle, jerseys or even press clippings.

Robert Marchand’s state of health had worried

Ardéchoise mascot cyclist, Robert Marchand celebrated his last birthday on November 26 at his nursing home in the Paris region. He had joined this establishment after leaving his apartment due to his state of health. « He is in very good health, but he is very weak. He lost ten kilos just during the first confinement », explained Gérard Mistler, the president of the Ardéchoise, to France Bleu Drôme Ardèche. « Because of the Covid, he could no longer go shopping at the corner store and he no longer had an appetite for the meals that were delivered to him “, he had specified. And to add:” He made several falls at home and therefore his relatives decided to place him in nursing home. » The deceased, however, had lost none of his sense of humor.

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