Paracycling Road Worlds: Sarah Storey wins second title in Denmark

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Sarah Storey wins paracycling sprint finish

Sarah Storey produced a dramatic sprint finish to ensure she successfully defended both of her paracycling road world titles in Denmark on Saturday.

Storey pipped Poland's Anna Harkowska to road race gold while Great Britain team-mate Crystal Lane took bronze.

"I was so chuffed to win and, when I turned around, to see Crystal coming up the home straight to get bronze was really cool," Storey told BBC Sport.

Karen Darke, Rachel Morris and Simon Price also won bronze medals.

"It bodes well for next year and the future, we keep going from strength to strength as a nation," added Storey, 33.

The Mancunian, born with a partly formed left hand, hopes to double up in both Olympic and Paralympic cycling events at London 2012.

However, that ambition has necessitated a frantic 2011 season competing across a range of events on both road and track.

"It's been a very tough season but that was always the plan - I need to bank up a lot of endurance this summer because next summer's going to be even busier if everything works out to plan," Storey added.

"It's good to just race on instinct and ultimately that's what wins the medals.

"Today, the last lap got quite tactical and I had to attack on the last roundabout, lead it out and use my strength.

"It was quite annoying but that's what you have to do when you know someone can outsprint you."

Lane, who turns 26 on Tuesday, secured bronze on her debut outing at world championship level.

"It was good for me to come here and find out where I am in comparison to the rest of the world," she said.

"Tactically I had to play the game very well, I could have easily done too much work and tired myself out - but I took my lead from Sarah.

"I came into the sport because my mum had seen Sarah on TV in Beijing, and noticed she had a very similar disability to me.

"I saw a campaign to find potential Paralympic athletes for 2012, I filled a form in online and I've been here ever since."

Morris, like Storey a defending world champion, took bronze in her road race category this year following a build-up hampered by a dislocated shoulder sustained during a training ride.

Darke improved last year's fourth-place finish by one position to reach the podium, while Price joined Lane as a medal-winning debutant at this level.

The Paracycling Road Worlds, being staged in the Danish town of Roskilde, conclude on Sunday with Britain's Jody Cundy, David Stone, Lora Turnham and Louise Haston in action.

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