2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup - Segovia, Spain
Event: 15-17 June 2013
Image: Eamonn Deane
Day 1 - Friday
Great Britain tandem pairing Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall took a comfortable win in the B/Vi time trial, trial with a 45 second margin over the Canadian world time trial champions.
The time trial was on an 11-kilometre out and back course in Cuellar, Spain.
Shaun McKeown (GB) won the C3 time trial, with Darren Kenny (Para-T) also making the podium with a bronze medal performance.
There were further podium performances for Mark Colbourne, who finished second behind Michael Teuber (Germany) by just seven seconds, and also David Stone who finished second behind German Hans Peter Durst.
Crystal Lane added a further bronze medal in the women’s C5 won by American Greta.
Day 2 - Saturday
Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall delivered an assured performance in the B/Vi women’s road race with a decisive attack on the final lap that saw them finish six seconds clear of Canadian pair Robbi Weldon and Emilie Roy.
The second British pairing of Henry and Duncan finished a competitive seventh.
Rachel Morris also made the podium in the women’s H3 road race, taking the bronze medal in a sprint finish.
The final day will see the Great Britain representation in the C3 men’s, C5 men’s and women’s and T2 men’s road race.
Day 3 - Sunday
First race of the final day was the C1-3 men's road race, which saw Great Britain Trade Team Para-T record their first ever road world cup win. Simon Price claimed victory in a tight uphill cobbled finish in the Spanish town of Cuellar.
The race, run over 5 laps of the 11km circuit, with a 1 km climb to the finish line saw the starting field of 47 athletes gradually wittled down as the climb and heat took its toll. Team mate Darren Kenny also made the podium with a 3rd place, edged out by Steffen Warias of Germany and Sergey Batukov of Russia. GB athlete Shaun Mckeown finished in 15th place at 45 secs.
Crystal Lane took another podium finish with a Silver medal in the C5 womens road race 21 seconds behind ex-German mountain biker Kerstin Brachendorf.
David Stone recorded his first road victory of the year in the men's trike race. David kept himself out of trouble on the opening laps, before hitting out on the tough last climb to finish. David finished with 9 second gap over Colombian Nestor Alya Alya with world road race champion Hans Peter Durst a further 11 seconds back in 3rd. Victory gave David the overall lead in the World Cup to defend into the next round in Matane, Canada.
Final race of the day saw Jon Allen Butterworth and Tel Bryne in the mens C4-5 road race. Run off in 36 degree heat, it was always going to be tough going for the British pair. Ex World Champion Andrea Tarlao claimed victory with Yehor Dementyev from the Ukraine 5 seconds back in 2nd place after the pair had broken clear with 3 laps remaining, from a initial break of 9. Jon Allan won the bunch sprint to claim 10th place, while Tel Byrne finished in 12th place in the C4 race.
Great Britain ended in 3rd place on the medal table behind Italy and Germany with 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 bronze.
Performance Manager Gareth Sheppard declared himself happy with the results "Last week we said to some of the riders that they needed to step up if they wanted to put themselves in the frame for the World Championships. Tom and I are really pleased with the way they have responded and they are certainly going to give us some selection headaches - which is a great place to be!"
The team for the World Championships is due to be announced on the 21st June.