Alex Zanardi storms back to the top

Italian wins at home Para Cycling World Cup 13 May 2019
Italian cyclist Alex Zanardi celebrates
Italian Para cyclist Alex Zanardi celebrates
ⒸJean-Baptiste Benavent/UCI

Four-time Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi celebrated a revenge victory in front of the Italian crowd at the UCI Para Cycling World Cup in Corridonia, 10 months after failing to reach the podium at his home World Championships in Maniago.

The veteran was the fastest in the men’s time trial H5, finishing ahead of Dutchman Mitch Valize and France’s Loic Vergnaud.

He then posted two photos on his Instagram @zanardiofficial and wrote: “After last year’s defeat, I could again win in my homeland! A wonderful audience made it even more special.”

Netherlands top standings

Dutch cyclists were in outstanding form as they finished as leaders of the World Cup overall standings with 10 golds, four silvers and one bronze. Italy claimed a total of 24 medals but less golds (seven). USA rounded off the podium.

Netherlands’ Paralympic champions Vincent Ter Schure and pilot Timo Fransen won the men’s time trial B, with their compatriots Tristan Bangma and pilot Patrick Bos taking the road race.

Rio 2016 triathlon gold medallist Jetze Plat was unstoppable in the men’s H4, securing double gold in the time trial and road race. Carmen Koedood (women’s H2) was another Dutch cyclist who enjoyed two wins on Italian soil.

The home crowd also celebrated victory through Paralympic silver medallist Giorgio Farroni both in the men’s time trial and road race T1.

US two-time Paralympic champion Shawn Morelli did not disappoint and won the women’s time trial and road race C4 races.

It was interesting to see two multiple Paralympic champions going head-to-head in the men’s C1, with German Michael Teuber winning the time trial and Spain’s Ricardo Ten Argiles the road race.

Full results are available on UCI’s website.

The World Cup circuit will continue in Ostend, Belgium, from 16-19 May, while the final events will take place in Baie-Comeau, Canada, from 8-11 August.