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Time trial silver for Van Dyk in Canada

Multiple Paralympian ace Ernst van Dyk has taken a super silver in the men’s time trial event at the UCI Para-Cycling Road Championships in Baie-Comeau, Canada, writes Mark Etheridge.

Already the defending road race champion, Van Dyk raced to one of his best time trial races ever in the H4 category. Not a natural time-trialist, he had taken hope from some encouraging racing at the last World Cup event held in Matane last week.

On that occasion he had beaten the super-quick Alex Zanardi and his custom-made bike in a photo-finish to the road race. In the time trial at World Champs he gave Zanardi much to think about.

“I was only 14 seconds behind Zanardi and more than a minute ahead of bronze,” he told Road to Rio. “This is a huge improvement from the London Paralympics where I was fifth and 1min 40sec behind him.

“He looked a bit shaken ÔÇô I was only nine seconds behind him after the first lap but he started after me so his teem was feeding him my splits so he could control the damage. Watch me next year!”

Also in action for the SA team were tricyclists Yusthin Lintnaar and George Rex. This is the first season of international competition for both and young Lintnaar ended sixth in a quality field and Rex ended third to take bronze after lying second at one stage.

In the men’s H2 event, Stuart McCreadie took fourth place in the time trial to equal his World Cup return of last week where he took fourth in the road race.

Riding the C4 time trial, track cyclist Roxy Burns ended seventh in a quality women’s field.


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