Check out five talking points of the Para Cycling Road World Championships which came to an end in Maniago, Italy, on 5 August.
Home crowd celebrates
Italian cyclists had a glittering performance pushed by their home crowd, winning nine golds, four silvers and four bronze to finish atop the medals table. Fabrizio Cornegliani was one of the hosts’ standout athletes by sweeping both his men’s H1 events.
Storey enjoys golden return
Great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian returned to competition after giving birth to her son Charlie. And she did not disappoint. Storey won both the women’s road race and time trial C5 events to take her overall Worlds medal tally to 31.
Eskau’s successful switch
German Andrea Eskau shone on the road only five months after winning two biathlon golds at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. In Maniago, Eskau took gold in the women’s road race H5. She added a silver in the time trial.
USA win 15 medals
It was a highly successful competition for the US team as they claimed nine golds, four silvers and two bronze to finish second in the medals table. Shawn Morelli delivered one of the best performances by sweeping both her women’s C4 events.
They led the road cycling medals table at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and the 2017 World Championships. However, Germany had to settle for seventh place in Maniago after winning three golds, four silvers and three bronze overall.
Full results are available on UCI’s website.
*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.