Turnham and Hall want double gold at UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

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Great Britain’s Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall are setting out to become double world champions at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA.

Turnham and pilot Hall will defend their time trial title and aim to go one better than the road race silver they won in 2013 when the championships take place from 28 August - 1 September.

“It's definitely the plan to go out there and become double world champions,” said Turnham, who has a hereditary sight-loss condition.  

“There's no hiding from it - that’s what we want, that's what we expect.

“We've set our targets pretty high but that's what we do, we always aim big.”

The pair dominated this season’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup with a flawless record.

Victories in the time trial and road race in Italy were repeated at the second round in Spain as the duo comfortably took the overall title in the women’s tandem B category.

“Last year we got the gold and silver. I was really happy with the silver in the road race as I was really new to tandem racing,” said Hall, who only started riding on the road with Turnham in March last year.

“Now I have had a year in the racing I know how the tandem racing works now so I know the tactics needed to win a tandem race and what we are capable of doing to win it.

“With all the success we have had this year we would obviously love to come back as double world champions so that's what we are aiming for.”

The 24.9-kilometre tandem time trial takes place on Friday 29 August before an 88-kilometre road race follows on the Sunday.

Turnham and Hall will start as favourites for the rainbow jerseys in both disciplines in South Carolina.

“I think there’s a level of expectation for us to win the title this year because of the success we have had,” Turnham, 25, said. 

“It's a different pressure to what we have had previously so it's how we deal with that and at the moment we are dealing with that pretty well.

“We're going into it as favourites as we are undefeated this season so it's a bit new. I have never had such a successful season and obviously I want to finish it off in style.

“I don't really want to give up my title so whoever goes out there is going to have to fight really hard to get it off me.”

Hall, who left the Great Britain Cycling Team to pursue her education at university before returning in 2013, added: “We are both really nervous for this as we want it more than last year but we have had a good season.

“We know what we are capable of, it's now just finishing it off.”

Having seen the course, Hall believes it will suit the twosome in their quest to complete a clean sweep of UCI para-cycling titles on the road.

“We've been training hard, we've seen the course and it is quite a good course,” the 23-year-old said.

“We've done everything we can and it is now doing the performance we know we are capable of, it's just about getting stuck in there and giving the best we can now.”

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