2018 in Review: Para cycling

Sarah Storey’s return and Italy’s home sucess among best moments 12 Dec 2018
male Para cyclist Michele Pittacolo punches the air as he crosses the finish line

Michele Pittacolo took the final title of 2018 Road World Championships in front of his home crowd in Maniago


The 2018 cycling season was full of major competitions. Check out some of the best moments.

Chaman celebrates at home

Lauro Chaman was the hosts hero as he won Brazil’s first gold medal at the Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro on the last day of competition.

The Rio 2016 silver medallist won the men’s scratch C4-5 just ahead of Australia’s Alistair Donohoe, pushed by a huge crowd at the Olympic Park Velodrome.

“I am absolutely overwhelmed by the support of my family,” said Chaman.

The first Track Worlds held in South America had a total of 171 athletes (50 women and 121 men) from 30 countries.

Successful return for Storey

Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian Sarah Storey returned to the competition after giving birth to her son Charlie, taking both the women’s road race and time trial C5 events at the Road World Championships in Maniago, Italy.

Italian cyclists shone at home by winning nine golds, four silvers and four bronze.

The performances delivered by German cyclists were disappointing as they settled for a seventh place in the medals table. They had led the standings at both the Rio 2016 Paralympics and 2017 World Championships.

Malaysian cyclists shine in Indonesia

Malaysia enjoyed double success on the final day of the Asian Para Games as Nur Azlia Syafinaz Mohd Zais won the women’s B 1km time trial and Muhammad Afiq Afify Rizan took gold in the men’s B 1km time trial.

Teuber wins World Cup title

Germany finished top of the overall medal standings after the three Road World Cups in Belgium, Netherlands and Canada.

Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Michael Teuber was crowned the men’s overall C1 champion. Other German cyclists who stood out were Matthias Schindler (men’s C3), Bernd Jeffre (men’s H4) and two-time Rio 2016 champion Hans-Peter Durst (men’s T2).

USA followed them onto the overall podium, while Russia* completed the top-three.

World records broken in Gold Coast

England’s Rio 2016 gold medallist Sophie Thornhill, with pilot Helen Scott, set two world records in the women’s sprint B&VI and 1000m time trial B&VI on her way to double gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, in April. https://www.paralympic.org/news/gold-coast-2018-top-5-moments

*Editor's note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games.