Published: 5 June 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
Image: Eamonn Deane
Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall’s stunning win at the Tour of Belgium is the perfect foundation for a bid at UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships glory, according to Great Britain coach Paul Dring.
Tandem stoker Turham and pilot Hall dominated last week’s race, winning all six stages including two time-trials on their way to the overall general classification and points jersey.
“Lora and Corrine were quite literally unbeatable and to win the overall, points jersey and all six stages was a pretty dominant display,” road coach Paul Dring said.
“It was particularly impressive to see them win on a variety of courses and disciplines in the race. It will have given them a lot of confidence for the remainder of the season as we build up to the final world cup event in Segovia in July and the world championships at the end of August.”
This year’s world championships take place in Greenville, South Carolina. Turnham and Hall are currently time-trial world champions.
Fellow Britons Rhiannon Henry and Lauryn Therin supported their teammates superbly whilst still managing to take fourth overall.
In the men’s race, Great Britain Para-cycling Development Programme athletes Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby finished third overall having entered the race on the back of victory at the Tour of Holland.
The pair won the points jersey as well as stages two and five. A dropped chain on stage one ended their chances of a win in the time-trial.
“After winning the Tour of Holland the week before, Steve and Adam knew they would be heavily marked in Belgium,” Dring said.
“Third overall was a great result as it was always going to be difficult for them to win overall with four strong Polish tandems in the event.
“They showed they are a force to be reckoned with when they got past the Polish world champion tandem in a sprint from the leading break to win the opening road stage.
“Poland used their strength in numbers to fine effect on stage three where Steve and Adam found themselves isolated, but they rode well throughout the event and got a highly deserved win on stage five where they moved up into third overall and claimed the green points jersey, which they defended well on the final stage.”
Great Britain will travel to Cantimpalos, Segovia in Spain for the final round of the UCI Para-cycling World Cup from 25-27 July.