Sarah Storey of Great Britain has won the time trial at the UCI World Paracycling Road Championships in Canada.
The 32-year-old from Manchester covered the 22.8-kilometre course in a time of 33 minutes and 36 seconds to beat Poland’s Anna Harkowska by 1-01 in the new C5 class for athletes with minimum impairments.
It followed her win in the time trial last year. She said: “I’m really pleased to have won again. I wanted to pace my ride really well and finish strong. It was a really good course, with a good section of climbs with the downhill today slightly tougher with the headwind. The preparation I’ve had this year has been fantastic and I am looking forward to riding in the rainbow jersey for another year.”
Storey will now turn her attentions to the road race in her class, which will be held at Baie-Comeau at the weekend. After that she hopes to be considered for the time trial at the World Championships in Melbourne as she targets a place in the Great Britain team for the Olympic Games. At the moment Storey has her sights set on the team pursuit and road time trial at the London Olympics in 2012. If she were to be selected it would have no bearing on her eligibility for the Paralympics in 2012.
Storey won five Paralympic swimming gold medals – when she was Sarah Bailey, her maiden name – and won two more golds in cycling at the Beijing Games two years ago.
Meanwhile at the World Paralympic Championships, Britain has won two othe golds.
David Stone won the men’s T2 time trial by 43 seconds ahead of Italy’s Giorgio Farroni and Rachel Morris took the H3 time trial with a convincing two-minute win over Switzerland’s Sandra Graf.
Stone said: “I was quite nervous before the start which made me focus on the ride. It means a lot to win the time trial and now I’m looking forward to the road race.”
Of her ride in the handcycling category, Morris said: “That was certainly one of the hardest courses I have ever ridden and I was surprised by how big the time gap was at the finish.”
On her debut at the Paralympic Worlds, Karen Darke just missed out on a medal for Britain when she finished fourth in the H2 time trial.