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Copenhagen law student wins cycling championship in Greece

Greek professional cyclist is studying his Master's in law at the University of Copenhagen. He has just, for the eighth time, won his own country's national championships

A couple of weeks ago, Neofytos Mangouras, started a full degree programme in the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. Last weekend he went back to his home country Greece, and took home a national championship in the cycling 4000m team pursuit.

“It is my eighth national title,” he reminds the University Post, after previously winning the team pursuit, the scratch race, and the individual pursuit. He is a professional cyclist on the SP tableware team, a team that is racing on the continental level of professional races.

Neofytos Mangouras’ specialty is the lung-bursting race against the clock, both on the indoor track and on the road. “On the road, I am best at the time trial discipline,” he says.

Law workload may affect his form

Neofytos has already been to Denmark before, once to take part in the World Championships road race in the under-23 category.

Back in Copenhagen, Neofytos is now trying to determine how his law workload will affect his cycling. “Riding is addictive, and I have brought up one of my road bikes, and I am keeping up the training,” he says.

But “as they say in Greece, you can’t carry two water melons in one hand!”

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