2 August 2018

Perfect day for para-cycling team as Storey makes golden return

Dame Sarah Storey notched up her 11th UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship gold in an outstanding day of time trialling for British para-cycling, which saw seven medals, three of them gold in Maniago, Italy.

Great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian won the C5 in 18:53.62 just ahead of compatriot Crystal Lane-Wright, who took silver in a time of 19:32.53.

It was a successful return to the saddle for Storey, who gave birth to her second child last October and missed the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio earlier this year after a yellow fever scare in Brazil.

“Today was a special day,” she said afterwards on social media. “World champ for the 30th time just over 9 months after Charlie’s arrival.

“Something I couldn’t have achieved without the unwavering family support in helping me.”

Katie Toft won gold in the C1 race

Also among the golds was C1 rider Katie Toft, who won a second world title of the year after she won the individual pursuit in Rio on the track in March, coming home in 25:01.85 in the time trial.

“What just happened?” she said on social media. “I can’t quite believe I am UCI World Para C1 Time Trial Champion!

“Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible; family, friends, coaches, what would I do without you!”

In the B race Steve Bate and guide Adam Duggleby backed up the gold that they won at the Rio Paralympics with another victory, taking their first world championship title in a time of 31:31.76.


“I can’t quite believe I am UCI World Para C1 Time Trial Champion!"

Katie Toft

Elsewhere there were silvers for Craig Collis-McCann in the T2 event and Lora Fachie and guide Corrine Hall in the women’s B, whilst Ben Watson won bronze in the C3 for the second year running at the championships.

In the women’s C3 Megan Giglia narrowly missed out on a bronze medal, as did Hannah Dines in the T2, whilst George Peasgood finished fifth in the men’s C4 and Will Bjergfelt was sixth in the C5.

Simon Price came eighth in the C2, with Louis Rolfe 14th in the same race, and David Smith was 13th in the C1 time trial. Racing continues tomorrow with the first of the road race events, which conclude on Sunday along with the team relay.

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