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Foreword Dany: ” I can not express enough my admirations for these para-cyclists, the most coureages athletes in our cycling world, overcoming their disability in such a manner, is just amazing and demands such respect…so well done Team Ireland, but also all the other athletes involved, and the back ground staff to get them there!!!
Dunlevy and McCrystal soloed to victory to claim their 6th World Championship title. The double Paralympic gold medallists launched an attack on the climb, with one and a half laps to go, and were strong enough to hold their lead to the line to claim their 6th world title. The pair come away from a successful championship campaign with a silver in the time trial and gold in the road race.
Speaking after the event, McCrystal said: “It was a nice course; it was the same as the time trial we just had an extra hill in it. It was a challenging enough course, but it was nice and flowy. We got away mid-race with the British team; we’ve been beaten before in a sprint with them so we just couldn’t take them to the line. We discussed tactics and we went on the climb of the second last lap, and we rode to the rainbow jersey which was great!” I’m absolutely over the moon” It’s our sixth World Championship medal and it’s as special as the first and you know we lost the titles last year so it’s great to get that back to bring to Ireland.” Dunlevy added.
Competing for the first time internationally at the World Cup last weekend, Healion and Kelly have more than proved themselves as worthy contenders at this level. After the disappointment of suffering a major mechanical in the time trial on Friday which delayed them by close to 10 minutes, the pair left it all out on the road today and were awarded a well-deserved bronze medal. In the end, it came down to a sprint between Ireland and Poland for the bronze medal. Just 15 meters from the finish line the timing chain came off on the Irish bike, but Healion and Kelly had done enough to see them cross the finish line just ahead of Poland.
Results: Time Trial
Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal (WB) – Silver
Ronan Grimes (MC4) – Bronze
Josephine Healion and Linda Kelly (WB) – 7th
Damien Vereker and Dillon Corkery (MB) – DNF
Gary O’Reilly (MH5) – 4th
Declan Slevin (MH3) – 12th
Results: Road Race
Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal (WB) – Gold
Ronan Grimes (MC4) – Gold
Josephine Healion and Linda Kelly (WB) – Bronze
Damien Vereker and Dillon Corkery (MB) – 8th
Gary O’Reilly (MH5) T– 6th
Declan Slevin (MH3) – 11th