UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Italy 7th to 9th June '13

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UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Italy 7th to 9th June '13

Postby Andy D » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:26 am

Fiona and Lora took an excellent Silver Medal in the Time Trial on Friday. They were racing on what Fiona thought was a very difficult circuit with very narrow lanes (hardly even roads in fact) which is always going to be a challenge on a tandem.

They got a time check telling they were 22 seconds down on the World Champion Canadian Tandem as they came off the circuit to the final 1.5 km hill to the finish. By the time they crossed the line after climbing the 7% average gradient with 15% sections on it they had pegged the Canadians back to 8 seconds and narrowly missed overturning them for the Gold. A little more tandem time in preparation for Fiona and Lora might have got them in a place to win this round of the World Cup but still a very strong performance.

GOLD - Canada
SILVER - Great Britain (Duncan and Turnham)
BRONZE - Poland

With a strong showing in the TT and the feeling that Fiona and Lora were probably the strongest pairing on the road given their hill-climbing exploits, the Road Race looked like it could very well yield another medal for the pairing. Sadly it was not to be.

There was an all mighty downpour at the start of the race rendering the Road Race circuit treacherous, this excerpt from the British Cycling Report explains what happened:

The final race of the day for the Great Britain team was the Women’s Tandem race. Heavy rain and humid conditions made the conditions tricky from the off and the tight corners meant that there were a number of crashes. The Canadian pairing of Robbi Weldon and Emilie Roy were the first to crash heavily and had to withdraw from the race after only two laps. British pairing of Lora Turnham and Fiona Duncan made most of the racing, but were unfortunate to be brought down by one of the men’s tandems which were racing on the course at the same time. This crash also took down Dutch pairing of Larissa Klaassan and Kim van Dijk. In the confusion a group of four tandems got away. This was narrowed down to two on the final lap, with the Polish pairing of Iowna Podkoscielna and Alexandra Wnucnek taking the sprint from the Irish pairing of Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan.

The British pairing, however, recovered well by climbing back up the field and take 5th spot 3.10 down on the winners.

“We had a mixed bag of results but we are pleased with the medal haul, and some strong individual performances" British Cycling Paralympic Performance Manager Gareth Sheppard said "Some of the guys will be looking to really step up in Spain and put themselves in the mix for selection for the world championships in August in Canada.

The British Team finished with seven medals from the world cup, and now move onto the next round in Segovia, Spain on the 14-16 June, where Corrine Hall and Rhiannon Henry join the squad

Initial word from Fiona is that they have no significant injuries and are positive as they were dominant in the race before being taken out by bad luck. Onwards to Spain next week where Fiona will ride with Rhiannon Henry, who is new to the sport but very promising. Lora will ride with Corrine Hall.
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