Indian Army General Anil Puri completes 1,200-km France cycle race

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New Delhi: Indian Army General Anil Puri became the first serving Lieutenant General officer to complete France’s oldest cycling event—1,200-km Paris-Brest-Paris circuit.

Lt Gen Puri, 56, completed the circuit on Thursday by cycling non-stop for around 90 hours from Rambouillet on the outskirts of Paris to the Brest military port on France’s western tip and back. Of the 367 participants from India, only around 80 could successfully complete the arduous trek while the rest dropped out midway.

There were a total of 6,500 participants at the event from as many as 60 countries.

Lt Gen Puri was among six army personnel from India who had secured berths at the event for having completed at least one 1,000-km non-stop cycling event during their respective careers.

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