Dines wins second medal at UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup

Dines wins second medal at UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup

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Great Britain Cycling Team’s Hannah Dines won her second medal of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup with a superb ride for bronze in the T2 road race on Saturday.

The 22-year-old, who collected silver on her trike in the time trial on Friday, finished 25 seconds behind Canada’s Marie-Eve Croteau who triumphed after 21.3km of racing in Maniago, Italy.

“I never thought I was going to come here and medal," Dines said.

"It was completely beyond my expectations, so to come home with two is amazing. Winning silver in the time-trial really boosted my confidence going into today’s road race.

"I’d like to thank my coach Tom Hodgkinson who got me in a great state of mind and kept me calm and focused before both races."

London Paralympic silver medallist Karen Darke took Britain’s second medal of the day with bronze in the H3 road race.

Darke narrowly missed out on a medal in Friday’s time trial - the first time she has ever been absent from the podium when competing in the event - but put the disappointment behind her with a strong performance over 49.7km, riding much of the distance on her own.

The 43-year-old completed the race in 1:39.09, five minutes and 32 seconds behind Italian winner Francesca Porcellato.

Brian Alldis was unfortunate in the H3 road race as a mechanical saw him drop back throgh the field and he was eventually pulled out of the race.

The Great Britain Cycling Team have now won five medals in two days - one silver and four bronze.

“Today was a good day for us," said Great Britain Cycling Team para-cycling road coach Paul Dring.

"We had riders competing in three races today so to come away with two medals was a great effort.

"Hannah did brilliantly again while Karen brushed off yesterday’s disappointment and rode a great race. Brian also suffered incredible misfortune in his race.

"It was a shame as we thought he had a good race in him, but that’s bike racing sometimes. He hasn’t had a crash in five years so one was bound to happen eventually. Apart from feeling a bit sore he is OK and he’ll be cheering on his teammates tomorrow.”

The opening world cup of the season, which offers qualification points towards the Rio Paralympic Games, concludes on Sunday with the remaining road races.