UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Castiglione Della Pescaia | Guide to para-cycling classifications
Published: 12 May 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
Image: Eamonn Deane
Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall collected their second gold at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in a thrilling sprint finish in Italy on Sunday.
The tandem pair, who won time-trial gold on Friday, completed the 89.4-kilometre race in 2:18:23 in Castiglione Della Pescaia.
"We have gone and done the double, winning the bunch sprint," tweeted pilot Hall. "So chuffed right now."
Para-cycling road coach Paul Dring said: "As the first world cup on the year, the majority of the big nations were there which helped us to identify where the rest of the world are at in the different classes to enable us to target our efforts to get the best results for qualification towards Rio 2016.
"There were some excellent performances throughout the squad, in particular road race and time trial gold medals for Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall and time trial gold for Karen Darke."
In addition to picking up some valuable Paralympic qualification points, it gave us a chance to see some of our development riders competing at this level as well as learn some valuable lessons that will help in our build up to the final world cup in July and the world championships at the end of August.
Great Britain ended the three-day meeting with five medals - three gold and two bronze.
Rhiannon Henry and Lauryn Therin were ninth in the race as 11 of the 12 teams contested the sprint.
In the men’s C3 race, Shaun McKeown was 12th, two minutes and 26 seconds back from Italian winner Roberto Argna.
Simon Price was tenth in the C2 road race over 65.1km.
The event was the first chance for Great Britain’s para-cyclists to earn qualification points for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
The next world cup takes place from 25-27 July in Cantimpalos, Segovia in Spain.