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Gold and Bronze for Irish Para-cyclists at Road World Cup in Belgium
By Heather Boyle, CI Communications Officer
6 May 2018,
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Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal stormed to gold in the Women’s B Tandem Road Race today in the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium. The reigning World Champions completed the 80km race almost two minutes ahead of next placed riders Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall of GB, with the Polish tandem taking bronze.
In the Men’s C4 80km Road Race Ronan Grimes stamped his intent on the world stage with his first major podium finish – winning a bronze medal in the sprint for gold. The Galway man was within striking distance of gold, which was won by Russia’s Sergei Pudov ahead of silver medallist David Calmon from the Netherlands.
It was a strong weekend for the Irish riders when the two male tandems of Peter Ryan with pilot Séan Hahessy and Damien Vereker with Dermot Radford finished sixth and eighth respectively.
This weekend development rider Chris Burns was impressive in the MC2 Road Race, finishing in the second group on the road, and thirteenth over the line at the finish. Seamus Wall was 22nd in the MH4 Road Race, and bad fortune saw Declan Slevin forced to retire from his MH3 64km Road Race.
This was the first World Cup of 2018 with competition taking place from Thursday 3rd May - Sunday 6th May 2018.
WB Tandem 80km
GOLD: IRL - Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal – 2:02:44
SILVER: GB - Lora Fachie & Corrine Hall – +01:51
BRONZE: POL - Iwona Podkoscielna & Aleksandra Teclaw – +05:05
GOLD: RUS – Sergei Pudov – 1:58:04
SILVER: FRA – David Calmon – 00:00
BRONZE: IRL – Ronan Grimes – +00:02
MB Tandem 104km
GOLD: Netherlands – 02:23:29
SILVER: Poland - 00:00
BRONZE: Netherlands – 00:05
6th Ireland - Peter Ryan & Séan Hahessy – +07:29
8th Ireland – Damien Vereker & Dermot Radford – +10.25
13th Chris Burns – +2:48
22nd Seamus Wall – - 3 laps
DNF Declan Slevin
Cycling Ireland Website: www.cyclingireland.ie
Paralympics Website: www.paralympics.ie
About Classification in Paralympic Sport:
Classification is a unique and integral part of Paralympic sport. It provides the structure to separate athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups, or classes as they are commonly known, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another, and ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.
In para-cycling there are fourteen classifications based on functional disability type. B refers to the tandems, where the stoker is blind or visually impaired, and the pilot is sighted. H represents the handcycling events, and C refers to cyclists on regular, but adapted, solo bikes, who may have cerebral palsy, limb impairments and amputations. In these events the categories have numbers denoting the level of impairment, the lower numbers the more severe the impairments and the higher less so.
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