Germany earned the most gold medals, with a total of eight from para-cycling road events at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Team Germany impressed in hand-cycling, tricycle, and C categories on the roads of Pontal, west of Rio.
The last day of para-cycling road events was marked by a third win for Sarah Storey at the Rio Games. After her triumphs in the track individual pursuit and road time trial in the C4-5 class, the native of England struck again, winning the road race.
The para-cycling event of the Rio Paralympic Games continued this Thursday, with the road races starting in Pontal. As the handcycling pros were hard at work, some athletes caused a surprising stir and snatched the victory away from the favourites.
Para-cyclists outdid themselves, Wednesday, in Pontal, where the first road racing events of the Paralympic Games began. On this, the first day of road events, no less than 18 Time Trial titles were at play. Numerous athletes were able to become acquainted with the podium yet again, after having won medals during track events.
Few road para-cyclists can boast the impressive athletic record that Quentin Aubague can. The 27 year-old Frenchman who competes in the T1 class has three French National Championships, and 11 gold medals earned at UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. In Rio, his goal is nothing less than to become the new Paralympic Champion in the time trial.
Now that track events have come to close at the Rio Paralympics, para-cyclists are on their way to Pontal to continue the Paralympic cycling excitement. Road racing events begin Wednesday, and with 197 athletes competing, events will be thrilling. Here is a preview of what is in store.
Para-cyclists Tristan Bangma (The Netherlands), and Lora Turnham (Great Britain) won the last individual events, Sunday, at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Team Great Britain used the fourth and last day of track cycling to grab their eighth title at the velodrome – a gold medal in the Mixed C1-5 Team Sprint.
Team China’s Zhangyu Li continued his domination, Saturday, at the Rio Velodrome where he earned his second Paralympic title of the Games. Elsewhere on the track, Team GB’s Kadeena Cox was the author of a stunning upset, dethroning Sarah Storey in the Time Trial.