Lane-Wright wins C5 bronze on final day of World Para-Cycling Road Championships
Crystal Lane-Wright was the big winner for Great Britain on the final day of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in South Africa, claiming bronze in the women’s C5 classification.
The Chelmsford-born racer produced a terrific ride in Pietermaritzburg as she secured third place on the podium, pipping Poland’s Anna Harkowska to the final medal spot.
It matched Lane-Wright’s bronze in the same event in her last World Championships appearance six years ago.
Germany’s Kersten Brachtendorf took victory by a fraction – finishing 0.033s ahead of nearest challenger Marcela Analia Delgado of Argentina.
Elsewhere for Great Britain, Ben Watson battled back bravely as he recovered from an early crash in the men’s C3 race to eventually finish tenth.
It was a terrific effort from Watson in his first World Championships, having already bagged silver in the C3 time trial on Friday.
The tandem pairing of Steve Bate and Adam Duggelby finished seventh in the Men’s B race as they failed to add to the silver they won in Friday’s time trial.
At one stage, Bate and Duggelby were 30 seconds ahead of the field, but after two laps out in front, they were caught and victory eventually went to the Colombian duo Nelson Javier Serna Moreno and Marlon Perez Arango.
The British result was mirrored in the women’s competition as Lora Fachie and Corinne Hall, also time trial silver medallists, finished seventh in the women’s B in an exciting sprint finish. Irish duo Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal claimed gold.
Another World Championships debutant, William Bjergfelt, produced a strong ride to claim eighth in the C5, while in the men’s C2, Simon Price suffered a puncture on lap six and was forced to withdraw mid-race.
On Saturday, Craig Collis-McCann pulled out of the men’s T2 after a collision with another rider in the peloton left his trike with significant damage.
Despite striving to continue, Collis-McCann, who has claimed gold and silver medals in World Cup rounds this season, was forced to pull out of the race, which was eventually won by Germany’s Hans-Peter Durst.