Jetze Plat powers to double Para cycling gold

Second Road World Cup concludes in Ostend 20 May 2019
Dutch Para cyclist Jetze Plat celebrates with his hands up while crossing the finish line
Jetze Plat completes a hat-trick of rainbow jerseys
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Paralympic triathlon champion Jetze Plat has marked himself as one to watch in road cycling after storming to double gold at the second Para Cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium.

The 28-year-old Dutchman won both the time trial and road race H4 ahead of USA’s Thomas Davis and Austria’s Thomas Fruhwirth.

Plat, who took gold in triathlon at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, has been showing steady improvement in cycling and will be one to look out for when the Tokyo 2020 Games begin.

The Netherlands again topped the podium for the second consecutive World Cup after winning 10 golds.

Tim de Vries added two more golds in the men’s H5, same as Jennette Jansen in the women’s H4 and Carmen Koedood in the women’s H2.

Paralympic champions Vicent Ter Schure and pilot Timo Fransen (men’s tandem) and Daniel Abraham Gebru (men’s C5) also delivered by winning the time trial in their respective categories.

Paralympic champions celebrate

Two-time Paralympic champion Shawn Morelli (women’s C4) claimed two of the six golds won by the US team.

Australian legend Carol Cooke secured two titles in the women’s T2 as her country topped the podium six times.

German Andrea Eskau was also in great form as she took double gold in the women’s H2, while compatriot and five-time Paralympic champion Michael Teuber was the fastest in the men’s road race C1.

Spain celebrated through Paralympic swimming champion Ricardo Ten Argiles, who won the men’s time trial C1.

Full results are available on UCI’s website.

The final World Cup event will take place in Baie-Comeau, Canada, from 8-11 August.