UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup - Germany and U.S. set the tone
Friday was a day of glory for the German and American athletes at the Midmar Dam complex in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The two countries raked in five time-trial gold medals each, in the last UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup event of this season.
The South African team didn’t disappoint either, with a four-medal haul: two golds, two silvers.
Michael Teuber (C1), Steffen Warias (C3), Hans-Peter Durst (T2), Christiane Reppe (H4) and Dorothee Vieth (H5) led the charge on the German side.
Teuber, Time Trial World Champion, beat his closest rival, Spain’s Juan Jose Mendez, by 42 seconds.
Allison Jones (C2), Jamie Whitmore Cardenas (C3), Shawn Morelli (C4), Alicia Dana (H3) and William Groulx (H2) brought the medals to the United States. Besides this extensive medal haul, the country also earned four fourth places.
With this H2 Class win, Groulx has remained invincible in three solo World Cup races this season. The three-time UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships silver medallist was followed closely by Swiss Tobias Fankhauser and Israeli Yaakov Kobi Lion.
Another country with an impressive performance, Australia brought home three first places, thanks to Carol Cooke (T2), Kyle Bridgwood (C4) and Alistair Donohoe (C5).
South Africa Carves a Place for Itself
World Cup host, South Africa, once more proved itself an up-and-coming para-cycling force, with two first places, Justine Asher (H2) and Pieter du Preez (H1). It bears reminding that the two athletes earned World Champion jerseys in the Nottwil World Champs earlier this year.
On top of these two wins, two other South African athletes snatched bronze medals: Goldy Fuchs and Ernst Van Dyk (H5).
The Leaders Widen the Gap
Leading the current H3 rankings, Swiss Heinz Frei increased his lead this Friday by leaving behind Walter Ablinger (Austria) and Jean-François Deberg (Belgium).
Rafal Wilk (H4, Poland) and Tim de Vries (H5, Netherlands) took a page from Frei’s book and also got first places to maintain their lead.
Jonas Van de Steene (Belgium) and Joël Jeannot (France) came in second and third in the H4 class, while Oscar Sanchez (U.S.) and Ernst Van Dyk (South Africa) did the same in the H5 division.
Tandem: British Domination
In the tandem races, the Brits took it all, in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions.
Lorah Turnham and Corrine Hall (pilot) defeated Dutch World Champs bronze medallists Odette Van Deudekom and Kim Van Dijk (pilot) by a mere 0.9 second. Canada’s Robbi Weldon and Audrey Lemieux (pilot) were the other team on the podium for this 24km race.
On the Men’s side, competition was also tight. Stephen Bate and Adam Duggleby (pilot) beat American Aaron Scheidies and Benjamin Collins (pilot) by just ten seconds. The bronze went to Spain’s Carlos Gonzalez Garcia and Noel Martin Infante (pilot).
The UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup continues this Saturday, with the first round of road races.