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British riders finish on top at EPC Paralympic Championships

By:
Les Clarke
Published:
August 23, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:07 BST
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Latest Cycling News for August 23, 2005

Great Britain's cyclists topped the final medal table at the Open European Paralympic Cycling...

Great Britain's cyclists topped the final medal table at the Open European Paralympic Cycling Championships with a remarkable haul of 17 medals, including 10 golds. The GB team rounded off the competition in The Netherlands with some strong performances on the road to follow-up their successes in the track events.

David Stone led the way, taking gold medals in both the CP2 24.6km road race and in the 8.2km time trial. It is the first time the 24-year-old Worcester cyclist, a student at Brighton University, has competed internationally in tricycle events.

Sarah Bailey ­ a four times Paralympic swimmer - followed up her impressive cycling debut on the track with a pair of medals on the road. She won gold in the women's LC1 41km road race and took bronze in the 16.4km time trial.

Ian Sharpe and his sighted pilot Paul Hunter took silver in the 24.6km blind and visually-impaired time trial, while there was also a silver for double Paralympic gold medallist Darren Kenny, who finished runner-up to his Spanish arch rival, Javier Ochoa, in the CP3 time trial.

In the final medal table, Great Britain finished ahead of Australia, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic.

"It's been an unprecedented success and shows what you can achieve with talented athletes, good coaching and support staff," said Dave Mellor, Performance Manager of Disability Cycling at British Cycling.

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