Published: 31 August 2014
Image: City of Greenville SC
Great Britain has won two further world titles on the third day of competition at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville South Carolina with Dame Sarah Storey winning the women’s C5 road race and Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall winning the B/VI tandem road race.
Storey stopped the clock one second ahead of her nearest rivals Anna Harkowska of Poland, Mariela Analia Delgado of Argentina and Samantha Heinrich of the USA.
Despite this, Storey battled all the way to the finish to take the win and the rainbow stripes for a second time this weekend.
Harkowska of Poland claimed the silver and Delagdo the bronze. Heinrich who won the bronze in Friday's time trial missed out on a podium place having to settle for fourth place overall.
Storey tweeted shortly afterwards:
"World road race champion! Yay!" She exclaimed.
"So chuffed,was a hard race to control being marked by everyone so had to lead the sprint out & it worked!"
Great Britain Paralympic endurance coach, Tom Stanton Spoke to British Cycling after the race:
"Despite putting in a number of good attacks, Sarah was unable to get away from the peloton in a fast race that included some very competitive C2 men." He confirmed.
"However her pursuiting pedigree shone through and she wound up the pace from 2km to go before impressively leading out the final sprint from 500 metres, holding it all the way to the line to collect her second gold medal at this year's championships."
Storey, who also won the rainbow jersey in the women’s C5 time trial on Friday, has now amassed 18 world titles during her cycling career to date.
For Great Britain’s tandem pairing of Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall, the race came down to a ferocious sprint all the way to the line in the women’s B/VI road race.
"Lora and Corrine went into the race feeling like they had something to prove after the time trial on Thursday." Stanton confirmed
"Whilst they have been unbeaten on the road this year they were acutely aware that other nations always raise their game at a world champs.
"The peloton jumped on the moves that Lora and Corrine made throughout the race and unable to get away, they moved to 'plan b' and executed a sprint - winning by the narrowest of margins." He said
The result came down to a photo finish but the Great Britain duo, who won silver in the road race last year in Baie-Comeau in Canada, had just managed to out-accelerate their rivals and make it two world titles for Great Britain on day three.
"There was a nervous wait whilst the judges checked the photo finish before celebrations could begin.
"This completes a road season for the girls that has been very successful and both are excited about the prospect of wearing the Rainbow Bands on the road next year."
The silver medal was eventually awarded to the Irish team with the bronze going to the team from Spain.
Tomorrow sees yesterday's H3 time trial silver medallist Karen Darke in the road race and 2012 Paralympic road race champion David Stone battle it out in the T2 category.