GB riders win eight medals at Para-cycling World Cup

British Para-cyclist Shaun McKeown. Pic: Yuko Sato / UCI
McKeown was one of Britain's three gold medallists

Britain secured eight medals, including three golds, at the latest Para-cycling World Cup event in Spain.

Shaun McKeown won his first World Cup title in his time trial race.

Handcyclist Rachel Morris and David Stone in the trike event each won gold and silver.

Morris won the road race and was runner-up in the time trial while Stone claimed the time trial but lost to Italian rival Giorgio Farroni in the road race.

There were also two silvers for handcyclist Karen Darke and a bronze for Welsh newcomer Mark Colbourne.

McKeown, who won silver in the pursuit in March's Para-cycling Track World Championships, performed superbly to win gold with team-mates Rik Waddon and Darren Kenny sixth and 11th respectively.

Morris and Stone had both won golds at the first World Cup event in Sydney and continued that form.

Morris, who is a double leg amputee and powers her bike with her arms, finished second to American Monica Bascio in the time-trial but gained revenge in the road race with a 10-second win.

Also in the field was former wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc, the winner of 14 Paralympic gold medals on the track, who has made the switch to handcycling.

The event provides qualification points ahead of the 2012 London Paralympics with the next World Cup round taking place in Baie-Comeau, Canada from 8-10 July.

The only sour note for the British squad was a crash in the women's tandem event involving Lora Turnham and her pilot Fiona Duncan, with the latter suffering a broken collarbone.

There was another crash in the men's road race which resulted in Russ White finishing outside of qualification points.

"With all European nations fielding strong teams, it was always going to be a tough competition," said GB coach Chris Furber.

"But we managed to take respectable eight medals against a world-class field.

"Our most experienced road riders delivered and we are particularly pleased with performances from our new talent.

"We missed out on a few qualification points this weekend and we will be looking to claw them back at the final World Cup round."

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