The curtain came down on the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Canada, on Sunday, after four days of spectacular racing witnessed by hundreds of spectators along the roadside.
Just one medal short of their objective, the United States finished the four days of competition with 19 medals in their pocket. Of the twelve World Champion titles that went to the Americans, three were won on Sunday: Allison Jones (C2) successfully defended her road race title while Megan Fisher (C4) and Jamie Withmore Cardenas (C3) become World Champions for the first time.
With 14 medals, the German contingent remained firmly in second place. Two of its athletes, Steffen Warias (MC3) and Kerstin Brachtendorf (WC5), took their first titles in the 57.2km road race.
The Italians are third in the medals table, winning the last title of the World Championships, in the handbike mixed relay. The trio of Vittorio Podesta (MH2), Luca Mazzone (MH1) and Alessandro Zanardi (MH4) added a seventh gold to the Italian collection which numbers 13 medals in total.
Meanwhile the Polish athletes dominated the tandem road races, winning both the men’s and women’s road races. In the WB road race, Iwona Podkoscielna and Aleksandra Wnucsek covered the 80km 1:33 in front of the British duo of Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall, victorious in the time trial two days earlier. The men’s tandems raced over 102.9km and finished in a four-way sprint that went to Marcin Polak and Michal Ladosz.
The remaining world titles of the day went to Venezuela’s Victor Hugo Garrido Marquez (C2), who won a five-way sprint to the finish line, and Dutch athlete Arnoud Nijhuis (C1).
Para-cycling sport classes
C – Cyclist: conventional bike with some minor adaptations
T – Tricycle: three-wheeled bike
B – Blind: tandem
H – Handbike
Each group is divided into different sport classes depending on the severity of the handicap
Photo: The Polish tandem pipped the Spanish at the post