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Dame Sarah Storey becomes Britain’s most successful female Paralympian (video)

Team GB claims three gold and one silver medal in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games velodrome on the opening day of cycling
– Photos by OnEdition

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This is the moment when Dame Sarah Storey became the most successful female ParalympicsGB athlete of all time, winning her historic 12th gold. Incredible.

Dame Sarah Storey2 became Great Britain s most successful female Paralympian on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, winning the C5 3km individual pursuit to claim her record-breaking 12th Paralympic Games3 gold medal. Storey broke her own world record in qualifying for the event, setting a time of 3-31.394. Her GB team-mate Crystal Lane who had got a very late call-up to the Games qualified second fastest to set up an all-GB ride-off for the gold and silver medals.

Dame Sarah Storey Becomes Britain’s Most Successful Female Paralympian (video)

Dame Sarah Storey on the way to winning the women s C5 individual pursuit. Photo: OnEdition

Storey caught Lane at the half-way mark in the final to take gold, with Lane settling for silver. The victory meant that Storey moved ahead of previous GB Paralympic medal record holder Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

>>> Rio 2016 Paralympic Games cycling: Latest news and info4

It s a bit surreal, said Storey to Channel 4 TV after the victory and setting a new record. The first person I was speaking to after the race was Tanni and it s so nice to see her here. She ll always be on a pedestal for me, a lady who has really supported me for all my career.

I didn t expect to break the world record this morning, this coming week is really really hard. I just keep improving and I can t really believe it.

Dame Sarah Storey Becomes Britain’s Most Successful Female Paralympian (video)

Megan Giglia wins C1-3 individual pursuit. Photo: onEdition

Earlier in the day, Megan Giglia had won GB s first gold medal of the Games, winning the C1-3 3km individual pursuit. Giglia caught Jamie Whitmore of the USA in the final to take the victory. It s Giglia s frist appearance at a Paralympic Games after she suffered a stroke three years ago.

Dame Sarah Storey Becomes Britain’s Most Successful Female Paralympian (video)

Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby wins gold in the men s B individual pursuit. Photo: OnEdition

Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby also made their first Paralympic Games appearance and took gold in the men s B 4km individual pursuit, overhauling the Dutch duo of Vincent ter Schure and Timo Fransen.

Despite the Netherlands team starting quicker, Bate and Duggleby paced themselves perfectly to better their rivals.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games cycling events continue on Friday5 with the men s individual pursuit disciplines, and the women s and men s 1km time trials.

References

  1. ^ Channel 4 Timeline | Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ Dame Sarah Storey (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Paralympic Games (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Rio 2016 Paralympic Games cycling: Latest news and info (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ continue on Friday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Five talking points from stage 17 of the Vuelta a España

Nairo Quintana tried to seal the Vuelta a Espa a title on stage 17 but a huge effort by Chris Froome meant the Sky man is still in contention

Chris Froome still has a slim chance

Five Talking Points From Stage 17 Of The Vuelta A España

Chris Froome on stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

Nairo Quintana1 almost delivered the knockout blow to Chris Froome2 on stage 17, but the Team Sky man s glass jaw ensured he stayed in (distant) contention for the Vuelta a Espa a3 title. We re seeing the complete opposite Quintana to the one we saw at the Tour de France in July4. Here he is relentlessly throwing down attacks on the key climbs to put his rivals under pressure. Froome, like Quintana at the Tour, couldn t contend with the Colombian s change of pace on Wednesday s stage5 aided by Alberto Contador and Esteban Chaves, who started the elite move.

But unlike Quintana in France, Froome managed to work his way back up to the small group and ensure he lost no more time on the Movistar6 man. Three-and-a-half minutes is a big deficit to have with so few stages left, but as we saw at the Giro d Italia in May7, anything can happen between now and Madrid on Sunday. Friday s time trial should see Froome gain some time back on Quintana, but not enough to overhaul him in the standings, meaning the battle will go down to Saturday s final summit finish.

This Vuelta doesn t get any easier

Five Talking Points From Stage 17 Of The Vuelta A España

Nairo Quintana on stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

The Vuelta a Espa a is tough every year, but this year the route seems even more unrelenting8 than usual. So much so that you wouldn t have been surprised if the organisers just cancelled the second rest day on Tuesday and forced the riders to climb a few mountains instead. For the most part, stage 17 wasn t so tough. The peloton let the breakaway go and the pace wasn t the highest we ve seen in the race. But when you saw what was coming at the end you d forgive the riders for taking it a little easy.

The final climb was only four kilometres in length9, but with gradients rarely dropping below 15 per cent it was enough to sort the contenders from the pretenders.

It was a typically Spanish climb incredibly steep, narrow and on a road of debatable quality. Robert Gesink, third on the stage, actually went out and climbed it on Tuesday s rest day, setting the Strava KOM up it in the process. His practise paid off, as he got in the breakaway and made the podium on the climb.

IAM Cycling s dream final season continues

Before this season, IAM Cycling10 were very much the hangers-on in the WorldTour. The ones who were at every race but were never really any threat to win anything big.

Such a reputation and lack of results inevitably meant their sponsors decided to pull their backing and the announcement that the team was going to fold was made midway through the Giro in May11. The very next day, Roger Kluge sprinted to a surprise victory12 to take IAM s very first Grand Tour stage win. That in itself would constitute a good season for one of the smaller teams in the WorldTour, but they weren t done there.

Jarlinson Pantano doubled that tally13 with a great win at the Tour de France and they ve now added two more at the Vuelta a Espa a14. Only four other teams have won stages at all three Grand Tours this year, with IAM joining Etixx-Quick Step (nine overall), Team Sky (four), Orica-GreenEdge (four) and Movistar (three) in the elite group. And we re not done yet can they win another stage between now and Sunday?

Konig is putting himself in the shop window

Ignore Sunday s horrorshow15 and Leopold Konig has had a very impressive Vuelta a Espa a.

Until that fateful stage the Czech rider sat fifth overall, slipping to 31st by finishing second to last on Sunday. After the rest day, though, Konig was allowed to get out in the breakaway and didn t disappoint his Sky team, finishing second on the climb. Konig appears to still be without a contract for the 2017 season, with Team Sky16 seemingly willing to let the climber go after injuries restricted him to less than 30 days of racing before the Vuelta.

Performances like this will do his stock no harm, especially if a team is searching for a reliable GC contender in the three-week races, although places on WorldTour teams are few and far between this late in the season.

Contador wants that podium place

Five Talking Points From Stage 17 Of The Vuelta A España

Alberto Contador attacks on stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

Of the things we ll miss when Alberto Contador retires, the Spaniard s relentless desire to attack will be very high on the list. His chances of winning the Vuelta are pretty much gone, but Contador is still lighting up the races trying to move himself into a podium place. In this day and age of GC contenders waiting until the final kilometres of the final climb to eek out a handful of seconds in a three-week war of attrition, it s refreshing to see Contador holding on to the old-school attacking mentality.

He s shown already in this race that he s willing to attack from anywhere to shake up the peloton, going from right at the start of stage 15 to really blow the race apart. And it was Contador to make the first move again on the final climb of stage 17. Movistar swamped the front of the peloton to try and block any potential attackers on the narrow road, but the elusive Contador found his way through and up the road.

While he didn t make it alone, his move set up the four-way battle between himself, Quintana, Chaves and Froome that brought the end of the stage to life.

References

  1. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ the one we saw at the Tour de France in July (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ change of pace on Wednesday s stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Movistar (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ we saw at the Giro d Italia in May (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ but this year the route seems even more unrelenting (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ The final climb was only four kilometres in length (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ IAM Cycling (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ midway through the Giro in May (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Roger Kluge sprinted to a surprise victory (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Jarlinson Pantano doubled that tally (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ now added two more at the Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  15. ^ Ignore Sunday s horrorshow (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  16. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Riders suffer on ‘brutal’ stage two of the Tour of Britain

Stage two of the Tour of Britain took riders through Cumbria, including across the “brutal” climb The Struggle

Riders Suffer On ‘brutal’ Stage Two Of The Tour Of Britain

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Cumbria s The Struggle climb lived up to its name at the Tour of Britain1, as riders hailed a tough day on stage two2 of the race.

>>> Tour of Britain 2016 route: stage by stage3

While there were three categorised climbs inside its 188 kilometres, the stage was up and down from the start in Carlisle as the riders made their way to Kendal, with many of the short, sharp ascents uncategorised on the day s profile. The Struggle category one climb, which came with 30km to go, is 4.5km long, averaging eight per cent gradient but maxing at 20 per cent. Before the stage, British national champion Adam Blythe, riding for the Great Britain team, declared he thought the day was going to be awful I ll be struggling up it for sure, he said with a smile of the day s final climb.

While Dan Martin4 (Etixx-Quick Step), who finished third on the stage behind the winner and his team-mate Julien Vermote5 and Steve Cummings6 (Dimension Data), described the climb as brutal .



It was very hard it was steeper than anything we ride, he said while warming down on the rollers at his team bus after the finish.

The last two days just feels like the race is 10 hours long. It s the race most like Amstel Gold7 in the calendar the roads are left right, left right. Mentally it s really hard.

To the people who gave me a push on the struggle I thank you. To those who didn’t, shame on you

Owain Doull (@owaindoull) September 5, 20168

BMC s Rohan Dennis was one of the few riders to use The Struggle to his advantage, as he attacked and managed to bridge across to the five leaders what was remaining of the day s 15-man breakaway.

It was a hard pace all day, and that last categorised climb was where we all battled it out, Dennis said. It s The Struggle just as stressful as the long climbs and whatnot, the roads are really skinny and everyone was fighting from word go. It s more mentally taxing than anything I think.

That was a hard day out in @TourofBritain9 I have different names in my head for that a Struggle climb though.

Ben Swift (@swiftybswift) September 5, 201610

Stage winner and new race leader Vermote11 admitted he had asked his Etixx team to come to the Tour of Britain, as the race was not initially on their programme. As he did in 2014 when he won from a breakaway in Brighton on stage seven of the race, the Belgian spent almost the whole day in front of the race in the break.

Riders Suffer On ‘brutal’ Stage Two Of The Tour Of Britain

Dan Martin at the second stage of the 2016 Tour of Britain (SweetSpot)

The 26-year-old was the only rider to follow the attack from Cummings in the closing stages, but outsmarted him with 150 metres to go on the uphill finish in Kendal.

It s a really tough race, small roads all day and up and down, he said after the stage. I m happy I took my chance.

It was a hard one The Struggle climb, at the beginning it was really steep and a lot of riders were dropped there, he continued. In Flanders we have steep ones like this but not so long.

After the Tour de France I stayed on a good weight and for me I was OK.

References

  1. ^ Tour of Britain (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ tough day on stage two (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Tour of Britain 2016 route: stage by stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Dan Martin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ the winner and his team-mate Julien Vermote (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Steve Cummings (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Amstel Gold (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ September 5, 2016 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ @TourofBritain (twitter.com)
  10. ^ September 5, 2016 (twitter.com)
  11. ^ new race leader Vermote (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)