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Two more golds for SA at Para-cycling Road World Championships
- Updated: August 3, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South African cyclists rode their way to two more gold medals on the final day of the UCI para-cycling Road World Championships in Switzerland on Sunday.
It was the last day of action and it was double delight for Justine Asher and Pieter du Preez who each added a second gold medal to their time trial triumphs earlier in the championships in the town of Nottwil.
Du Preez was in a class of his own in the H1 road race clocking 1hr 25min 57sec for a wining margin of almost 10min over Kiwi Timothy Williams.
Asher won the H2 road race with a time of 1:21:35 and will return to Cape Town with a big smile on her face.
‘I ended the World Championships on a high with a double World Championship win, so I’m ecstatic to say the least,’ she told Road to Rio 2016. My road race went off really well, I lapped my competitors on my third lap, with only a lap and half to go and just enjoyed the rest of the race with no pressure.
‘This has once again been a fantastic experience which I am extremely grateful for and I am really proud to be bringing a home two Rainbow Jerseys and two gold medals.’
Also in action on Sunday was Ernst van Dyk and after his bronze in the time-trial, the six-time Paralympian had expressed confidence of making an impact in the road race.
But unfortunately the big man lost his chain on the climb and had to come to a complete stop.
Said coach Ricky Kulsen: ‘He lost time but managed to get back to the group but spent a lot of energy. He then lost time on the downhills and just couldn’t get back to the leaders and finished seventh.’
Van Dyk clocked 1:42.06 as Alex Zanardi raced to his second gold medal in 1:29:21.
Next up for the country’s leading para-cyclists is the local leg of the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, KZN from 11-13 September.