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Tandem collect second World Cup gold for Australia
Queensland's Bryce Lindores and pilot Sean Finning from Victoria sprinted home to win the men's tandem road race at the Spanish round of the Para-cycling World Cup in Segovia.
The pair completed the 88 kilometre race in a time of 1:56:22 finishing well clear of Italians Maurizio Romeo and pilot Bruno Sanetti. French pair Olivier Donval and pilot John Saccamandi were ten seconds back in third place.
Blind cyclist Lindores, 23, claimed a bronze medal in the pursuit on the track at the Paralympic Games in Beijing but for the past 12 months has been paired with 2006 Commonwealth Games points race gold medalist Finning.
"They've had limited opportunities to compete together but Sean has moved from Victoria to the Gold Coast so they train on a regular basis and since they arrived in Europe at the beginning of May the pair have steadily improved against the world's best," said Cycling Australia's National Para-cycling Coordinator, Tom Skulander.
It was a chilly seven degrees and wet for most of the day but fortunately the rain cleared in time for the start of the Australian's race.
"There were 27 tandems in the race and the attacks came thick and fast from the start and by the end of lap one several had been dropped as the strong Dutch, Italian and French teams controlling the peloton," said Skulander.
"Around the halfway mark, after a short cobbled section through one of the small villages that dotted the circuit, Lindores and Finning launched their attack.
"They were quickly joined by the Italian pair which turned out to be the best case scenario because by the end of the third lap the two bikes had a small lead and the chasing group couldn't catch them."
The Italian tandem led out the sprint with 250 metres to go but the Australians had their measure and hit the lead 150 metres from the line to clinch the win.
"The team was elated at the finish as were Bryce's parents who had travelled to Europe from Australia to watch the event," said Skulander.
Yesterday Sue Powell won the C4 road race and Claire McLean finished third in the C5 event.
Tomorrow will feature the time trial events with the Australians hoping to collect more medals before they head home.
By Cycling Australia