Great Britain has won a further two medals at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina today. David Stone, who won bronze in Saturday’s time trial, took silver in the men’s T2 road race this evening with Karen Darke securing a bronze in the H3 classification.
Stone crossed the line behind his German rival Hans-Peter Durst, who claimed his second world title of the championships. The bronze medal went to the Italian rider Giorgio Farroni.
British Cycling Road Coach Paul Dring sopke shortly after the race:
"David rode very well throughout the race today in sweltering conditions on the undulating course." Dring confirmed
"We knew it was going to be tough to beat the big German Hans-Peter Durst in a sprint finish so David tried to put him under pressure on the climbs, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to shake him.
"Hans-Peter led the sprint out and David tried to get round him in the last 100 metres but Hans-Peter was on this occasion just too strong. David comfortably took second place ahead of the other member of a three man break."
Karen Darke completed the race on the Millennium Course in a time of 1:45.16, just 7.23 seconds behind the eventual winner of the event, Renata Kaluza of Poland. Kaluza beat Alicia Brelsford-Dana of the USA into second place after a dash for the line at the conclusion of the three lap race.
"Karen got off to a bad start and was unable to go with a decisive split that went early on the first lap." Dring explanined
"Lying in fifth place as she started lap two of five, she was left to chase alone for the remainder of the race on a tough course."
"Karen has fantastic endurance and kept plugging away throughout the race and managed to reel in all but the leading two ladies and eventually took the bronze medal very comfortably.
"Unfortunately her chance of gold or silver slipped away early in the race so it was a great performance to pick up a bronze medal."
The 33-year-old from Hebden Bridge will now add the bronze medal to the silver she won in the time trial on Saturday.
At the close of competition, Great Britain has won no less than eight medals out of all eight events and will leave the United States with three world titles in the process.