David Stone was an agonising three seconds away from MT2 bronze as Great Britain just missed out on adding to their medal tally on the second day of competition at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, the Netherlands.
After some typically bold riding, Stone crossed the line in 35:03.71 after two laps of the 10.4km course, missing out on the podium by a matter of seconds, as the USA’s Ryan Boyle took bronze in 35:00.95. Great Britain’s Craig Collis-McCann was fifth in 35:18.34, while Germany’s Hans-Peter Durst – the 2017 champion - won with a time of 34:06.93.
Karen Darke replicated Collis-McCann’s finishing position as she came home in fifth place in the WH3 category. Darke overtook a number of her competitors to cross the line first, in a time of 36:19.93, but a series of fast-finishing riders behind her pushed her down the leaderboard.
The USA’s Alicia Dana recorded an impressive winning time of 34:41.53, while Renata Kaluza (Poland) took silver and Anna Oroszova (Slovakia) won bronze in a time of 35:39.23.
Hannah Dines recorded a sixth-place finish in the WT2 category, stopping the clock at 45:51.99 after crashing in the final stages of her effort. The winner – Australia’s Carol Cooke – completed the two-lap course in 38:11.66, while the silver and bronze medals went to Jill Walsh (USA) and Marie-Eve Croteau (Canada) respectively.
On yesterday’s opening day, Dame Sarah Storey (gold), Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby and Katie Toft (silver) and Ben Watson and Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall (bronze) all won medals in their respective time trials. The championships continue tomorrow, with the first day of road racing, during which Storey will attempt to record a seventh WC5 double of her career, and all those who competed on Thursday will return to the road.