Three medals for the Great Britain Cycling Team on day one in Emmen

Three medals for the Great Britain Cycling Team on day one in Emmen

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There was a silver medal for Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall on the opening day of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Emmen.

It was the first race together for the the pairing since Rio, and their time of 35.08.05 was enough to secure them a silver medal behind the impressive Irish pair of Eve McCrystal and Katie George Dunlevy.

Despite missing out on the top step of the podium Fachie and Hall were both delighted with their performance in their first competitive ride together in 2017.

Hall said: "It is good to be back on the podium. There's still work to do, which, again is quite exciting. It's our first race back from Rio, we've been apart for a while so it's nice to come back and get straight on the podium but we know we've still got work to do."

Fachie continued: "This is only the third time I've been out on the road on the tandem since Rio - I'm not really used to having the wind in my hair so it's all a bit of a shock to the system! It's a good place to be, we know where we could make massive improvements and the really simple things for us to fix."

There was also a bronze medal for Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby as the double Paralympic gold medallists continued their impressive form in 2017.

Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby in the Emmen time trial

The rain started coming down just as their effort began and Duggleby said the weather conditions had forced him to take a more cautious approach.

Duggleby said: "It was partly my fault - I was taking it a bit too steady on the corners; I didn't want to take any risks because I didn't want to end up on the floor - I'd rather lose a few seconds and finish than crash out."

Bate added: "I think maybe this course didn't suit us as well as Maniago did but that's racing and you've just got to move on. It's obviously not the step we wanted on the podium but Adam's put in a huge amount of work and is going really well and I've worked really hard to get back some form to come here. We're really happy with the ride we did."

Simon Price was the star of the morning for the Great Britain Cycling Team as he picked up a bronze medal in the men's C2 time trial.

Louis Rolfe in the Emmen world cup time trial

There was also an impressive ride from Louis Rolfe who finished in fifth place.

Price said:"It's always nice to have to attend the medal ceremony after the race! I'm really pleased, I got it all out there, I did the best ride I could do on the day."

There were also fifth place finishes for Liz Saul and Mel Nichols in the C4  and H4 classifications respectively. Megan Giglia finished in third place in the women's C3 competition but missed out on a bronze medal.

Mel Nichols will be the only rider in action for the Great Britain Cycling Team tomorrow when she goes in the H4 road race.

The rest of the squad return to action on Sunday.

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