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Cycling silver in Spain for Team South Africa’s Rex

Team South Africa ended day one of the UCI World Cup para-cycling event in Segovia, Spain with a silver medal on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Day one saw the time trials being contested and George Rex raced to second spot in the T1 discipline.

His 23min 59.30sec saw the 51-year-old just under 40sec behind French winner Quentin Aubague, a man more than half his age!

Then, in the H4 time trial, Paralympic veteran Ernst van Dyk took fourth in the H4 hand-cycle event

Van Dyk was seven seconds outside the podium positions, his 17:31.65 good for fourth. “Alex Zanardi smashed us by almost three minutes! Road race next,” said Van Dyk of ex Formula one race Zanardi’s 16:16.68 victory.

Next best finisher for Team South Africa was Yusthin Lintnaar in the T2 category won by Germany’s Hans-Peter Durst.

In the same race London Paralympian Gerhard Viljoen crashed out just 500m from the finish while Goldy Fuchs took seventh.

In women’s racing, another Paralympian, Roxy Burns lost concentration in the C4 time trial and failed to medal.

“My magnet was scraping on the sensor on my front wheel, driving me nuts, lost concentration and there went my TT… I wasn’t expecting to win, but was hoping not to lose by so much,’ she said afterwards.


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