The vice-champions of Europe were the best French crew during the three days of freelancing organized in Libourne. “The confinement did not have too negative an impact on our teams”. The national technical director Patrick Ranvier was rather satisfied with the good performance of the main crews after three days of freelancing in the Libourne basin (Gironde). Full-scale tests against the Swiss fleet which will be used to establish the selection for the European Rowing Championships, scheduled for October 9 to 11 in Poznan. “Most of the boats already qualified for the Tokyo Games have justified their qualification and are at the forefront, with in particular the lightweight sculls from Laura Tarantola and Claire Bové”, continues the DTN. On the first day, driven by a favorable wind, the two French women, in 6’47”86, approached 17 hundredths the world record of the discipline. Besides the vice-champions of Europe, three boats had already qualified their hulls last year for the Tokyo Games: the coxless two of the Onfroy brothers, the couple of 2018 world champions Matthieu Androdias and Hugo Boucheron as well as the two of couples all categories of Hélène Lefebvre and Élodie Ravera-Scaramozzino. Although they could only compete in the first of three races due to a Hugo Beurey neck pain and if they still have to pick up their ticket to Tokyo, the Olympic champion Pierre Houin and his teammate for their part confirmed that they were the reference crew in sculling PL. In view of the European Championships, the only uncertainty still concerns the men’s coxless four. For Ranvier, the time differences recorded in recent days are not significant. He therefore relies on the advice of the coaches who will have to decide between the double Olympic medalist Dorian Mortelette, Thibaut Verhoeven, Benoit Brunet, Benoit Dumay, Édouard Jonville and Thibaud Turlan. The selection for Poznan is expected to be revealed earlier this week.