Italy lead Para-Cycling Road World Cup after first stop

Nine athletes won both the time trial and road race in Castiglione Della Pescaia, including Italian handcyclist Alex Zanardi. 12 May 2014
A man in a handcycle waves to spectators from a dirt track.

Italy's Paralympic champion and former race driver Alex Zanardi waves to spectators.

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The second round of the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup will be held in Segovia, Spain, from 25-27 July.

The curtain came down on the first round of the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup on Sunday (12 May) with the second day of road races through the streets of Castiglione Della Pescaia.

New to the World Cup calendar, the Tuscan town produced the goods both for the 318 athletes taking part and the numerous fans who lined the streets. The home crowd had plenty to celebrate, with Italy leading the standings after the three days of competition with a total of 17 medals, including six golds.

The USA and Germany both finished with 12 medals, but with six gold to Germany’s three, the Americans beat their European rivals in the rankings.

Of the 36 participating nations, 25 won at least one medal.

After the time trials on a fast city-centre circuit on Friday, the athletes lined up for the road races on Saturday and Sunday, which covered between 24km and 112km, depending on the sport class.

Nine athletes gained a maximum number of points, winning both the time trial and the road race in their respective sport classes: Canada’s Marie-Eve Croteau (women’s T2) and Shelley Gautier (women’s T1); USA’s Shawn Morelli (women’s C4); Poland’s Anna Harkowska (women’s C5); South Africa’s Justine Asher (women’s H2); Netherlands’ Laura De Vaan (women’s H5); Great Britain’s Lora Turnham (women’s B); France’s Quentin Aubague (men’s T1); and Italy’s Alex Zanardi (men’s H5).

Sixth in the medals table at the weekend, Spain will be hosting the next World Cup and looking to move up the rankings. Two of the country’s athletes will compete in the leader’s jersey won in Castiglione Della Pescaia – Maurice Tio Eckhard (men’s C2) and Raquel Acinas Poncelas (women’s C2).

The second round of the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup will be held in Segovia, Spain, from 25-27 July.