UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Castiglione Della Pescaia | Guide to para-cycling classifications
Published: 11 May 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
Image: Eamonn Deane
David Stone won his second bronze medal at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in the men’s T2 road race on Saturday.
Stone, who took time-trial bronze on Friday, was third in a sprint finish after the 24.6-kilometre race in Castiglione Della Pescaia, Italy.
The 33-year-old Paralympic champion finished behind Colombian winner Nestor Ayala with Italian Giorgio Farroni second.
Karen Darke crashed out of the women’s H3 road race. Darke, who won gold in the time-trial, tipped over her hand cycle on a turn during the 57-kilometre race and was taken to hospital for further observation.
Brian Alldis was 10th in men’s H4 event. Alldis, 15th in the time-trial, ended three minutes and 42 seconds behind winner Rafal Wilk from Poland.
The opening world cup of 2014 is the first opportunity for athetes to earn qualifying points for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Para-cycling road coach Paul Dring said: “I was really pleased to see Brian mixing it in the front group in a very fast race.
“Tenth place is his best performance in a world cup event so far and an excellent improvement on his last international event in Rosenau a couple of weeks ago.
“The fast flat course and shorter race didn’t suit David as he wasn’t able to drop the quicker finishers, so he had to settle for his second bronze medal of the week in the sprint finish.
“Unfortunately Karen crashed out in spectacular style rolling her hand cycle on a tricky off camber turn. After comfortably winning the time trial yesterday, Karen was heavily fancied for the road race today so she is obviously really disappointed but the main thing is that she is OK.”
The remaining road races take place on Sunday.