Dame Sarah Storey has taken Great Britain’s first gold medal of the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville South Carolina with a win in the women’s C5 time trial.
Storey was almost 50 seconds ahead of Anna Harkowska of Poland who claimed silver with Samantha Heinrich of the USA taking the Bronze.
An ecstatic Storey tweeted just after receiving her rainbow jersey:
"Woop :-) so delighted to win the rainbow stripes again!"
Storey, who is Britain’s most decorated Paralympian, has now attained 17 world championship titles in cycling during her career.
Great Britain para-cycling coach Tom Stanton commented shortly after the race:
"In a tough first day in the South Carolina heat and whilst Anna (Harkowska) applied some early pressure, Sarah Showed her class on a grippy course to take the rainbow stripes again.
"This has made it 17 world titles for Sarah in cycling and her 23rd in swimming and cycling combined, demonstrating that she is still one of the best in the business."
Storey will be aiming to increase that further when she competes in the road race on Sunday.
Great Britain tandem pairing Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall eventually finished their time trial in third place with the win going to the Japanese pairing of Yurie Kanuma and Mai Tanaka . The silver medal went to the team from New Zealand after all 11 finishers had crossed the line.
Coach Tom Stanton summed up their day:
"Lora and Corrine had a tough day on the bike and were disappointed not to retain their world title but the Japanese and New Zealand tandems proved too strong on the day having made a significant improvements since their last meeting.
"I'm confident this will only prove to be a minor set-back and they will put in a solid performance in the road race on Sunday." Stanton said.
Tomorrow sees Great Britain’s David Stone and Karen Darke compete in their respective time trial events at the Millennium Course in Greenville South Carolina.