Lane-Wright and Watson double up in Ostend

Lane-Wright and Watson double up in Ostend

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Crystal Lane-Wright and Ben Watson secured a successful finish to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup by winning their respective road races in Ostend, Belgium.

Lane-Wright, who had taken WC5 time trial silver earlier in the four-day competition, beat her conqueror in that event, the USA’s Samantha Bosco, in far from ideal, wet conditions in Sunday’s final day of competition.

Meanwhile, Watson added to his time trial bronze by winning the MC3 road race, with compatriot Jaco van Gass (riding as an independent rider at this competition) in second and Great Britain team-mate Fin Graham narrowly missing out on the medals in fourth.

Also, during Sunday’s road races, tandem duo Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall took silver in the WB race, upgrading on their time trial bronze from earlier in the week. On both occasions, the Irish duo of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal took gold.

Karen Darke (WH3) is also bringing two medals home from Belgium – both silver – in her case, while David Stone (MT2) claimed road race bronze.

Several other Britons, competing as independent riders, also enjoyed medal success across the event, with Katie Toft (WC1) victorious in her road race and time trial, George Peasgood (MC4) having claimed time trial gold and Hannah Dines (WT2) securing a bronze medal in her time trial.

Multiple successes

Of the event, Jon Pett, head of para-cycling for the Great Britain Cycling Team, said: “Performances here in Belgium continue to demonstrate the development of this team, and in particular on the road.

“It’s great to see the breadth of success across the team and there have been a number of standout performances this week.

“This was an important event for the team, both in terms of qualification for Tokyo, but also to witness the early-season form of many of our riders after the winter training and transition from the track season for some.

“The environment here in Belgium has been one of the major positives, with riders and staff all supporting each other well across the four days of competition.

“Overall, the team is in a strong position as we head towards the final World Cup round of the year in Canada, and the world championships in September.”

This was the second of three rounds of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series, in a season which will culminate at September’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, the Netherlands.

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