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105-year-old Frenchman cycles into history with hour-long ride


SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (Reuters) - Robert Marchand, a 105-year-old Frenchman, made cycling history on Wednesday by covering 22.528 km (14.08 miles) in one hour on a track near Paris.

Marchand has a huge following in France and was cheered on by hundreds of fans as he rode round the velodrome at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

However, he fell short of his own previous record of 26.927 km in the over-100s category, which he set in 2014 at the age of 102 years old.

See photos from the event and Marchand's previous record-setting rides:

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French cyclist Robert Marchand reacts as he arrives before attempting to break his own world cycling record at the age of 105, taking part in a one-hour cycling event in the Masters + 100 category held at the Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris, France, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
French cyclist Robert Marchand (L) prepares to start as he attempts to break his own world cycling record at the age of 105, taking part in a one-hour cycling event in the Masters + 100 category held at the Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris, France, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
French cyclist Robert Marchand (C) rides his bike as he attempts to break his own world cycling record at the age of 105, taking part in a one-hour cycling event in the Masters + 100 category held at the Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris, France, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
French cyclist Robert Marchand rides his bike as he attempts to break his own world cycling record at the age of 105, taking part in a one-hour cycling event in the Masters + 100 category held at the Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris, France, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
French cyclist Robert Marchand rides his bike as he attempts to break his own world cycling record at the age of 105, taking part in a one-hour cycling event in the Masters + 100 category held at the Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris, France, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
French cyclist Robert Marchand (2ndL) arrives before he attempts to break his own world cycling record at the age of 105, taking part in a one-hour cycling event in the Masters + 100 category held at the Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris, France, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
French cyclist Robert Marchand, 103 years-old, adjusts his helmet as he prepares to climb the Robert Marchand pass, a 10km ride in the Ardeche mountains, to celebrate his birthday, near Saint-Felicien November 26, 2014. French centenarian Robert Marchand, born November 26, 1911, set a record cycling 26.98 kms in one hour, in the Masters + 100 category established by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in January 2014, and continues his passion for cycling as his health permits. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT CYCLING)
French cyclist Robert Marchand (L), raises a glass of champagne to celebrate his 103rd birthday as he poses near a sign along the Robert Marchand pass, in the Ardeche mountains, near Saint-Felicien November 26, 2014. French centenarian Robert Marchand, born November 26, 1911, set a record cycling 26.98 kms in one hour, in the Masters + 100 category established by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in January 2014, and continues his passion for cycling as his health permits. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT CYCLING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Robert Marchand (C), 103 years-old, cycles in the rain with a small group of riders to celebrate his birthday as he makes his way along the Robert Marchand pass, a 10km ride in the Ardeche mountains, near Saint-Felicien November 26, 2014. French centenarian Robert Marchand, born November 26, 1911, set a record cycling 26.98 kms in one hour, in the Masters + 100 category established by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in January 2014, and continues his passion for cycling as his health permits. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT CYCLING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Robert Marchand (C), 103 years-old, blows a candle on a cake to celebrate his birthday after cycling the Robert Marchand pass, a 10km ride in the Ardeche mountains, near Saint-Felicien November 26, 2014. French centenarian Robert Marchand, born November 26, 1911, set a record cycling 26.98 kms in one hour, in the Masters + 100 category established by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in January 2014, and continues his passion for cycling as his health permits. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT CYCLING)
French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 102, gets suited up at the indoor Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris January 31, 2014. Marchand set a new record, cycling 26.98 kms in one hour, in the Masters + 100 category established by the International Cycling Union (UCI). REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT CYCLING SOCIETY)
French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 102, walks onto the track at the indoor Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris January 31, 2014. Marchand set a new record, cycling 26.98 kms in one hour, in the Masters + 100 category established by the International Cycling Union (UCI). REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT CYCLING SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
French centenarian Robert Marchand cycles in an attempt to establish a record for the fastest 100-year-old to cover 100km (62 miles) at the outdoor Tete-d'Or Velodrome track in Lyon September 28, 2012. Marchand, who turns 101 on November 26, has been training every day for months in hopes of crossing the finish line in less than five hours. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT CYCLING SOCIETY)
French centenarian Robert Marchand cycles in an attempt to establish a record for the fastest 100-year-old to cover 100km (62 miles) at the outdoor Tete-d'Or Velodrome track in Lyon September 28, 2012. Marchand, who turns 101 on November 26, has been training every day for months in hopes of crossing the finish line in less than five hours. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT CYCLING SOCIETY)
French centenarian Robert Marchand (C) speaks to the media after he set a record for the fastest 100-year-old to cover 100km (62 miles) at the outdoor Tete-d'Or Velodrome track in Lyon September 28, 2012. Marchand, who turns 101 on November 26, has been training every day for months in hopes of crossing the finish line in less than five hours. Marchand cycled 100km in 4 hours 17 minutes and 27 seconds with an average speed of 23.305 km per hour. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT CYCLING SOCIETY)
Cyclist Robert Marchand of France cycles during his attempt to set a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100- year old category, at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) velodrome in Aigle February 17, 2012. Marchand, born November 26, 1911, cycled 24.251 km (15 miles) around the 200 metre indoor track to set the record on Friday. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT CYCLING SOCIETY)
Cyclist Robert Marchand of France cycles during his attempt to set a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100- year old category, at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) velodrome in Aigle February 17, 2012. Marchand, born November 26, 1911, cycled 24.251 km (15 miles) around the 200 metre indoor track to set the record on Friday. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT CYCLING SOCIETY)
Cyclist Robert Marchand of France celebrates after setting a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100- year old category, at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) velodrome in Aigle February 17, 2012. Marchand, born November 26, 1911, cycled 125 laps, over a distance of 24.251 km (15 miles) around the 200 metre indoor track to set the record on Friday. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT CYCLING SOCIETY)
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