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News posted on Monday 8th August, 2022

NZ Para cyclists complete World Cup; well-placed for Para Cycling Road World Championships

Nicole Murray on bike with water bottle, smiling

The New Zealand Para cycling team have now wrapped up the Québec City 2022 UCI Para Cycling Road World Cup and are looking ahead to the 2022 UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships.

The final day of World Cup racing saw Nicole Murray just short of a medal in the women’s C5 road race. Second, third, fourth and fifth places in her race came in within a second of each other in a sprint finish. Nicole placed 5th. Despite missing out on the podium, she nonetheless showed herself, once again, to be one of the dominant riders in her classification. Fraser Sharp delivered a strong ride to place 7th in the men’s C2 road race. Sarah Ellington raced later in the day and battled through an intense road race, with the hot temperatures taking a toll. Sarah placed 10th.

The team now looks ahead to the World Championships, which take place Thursday to Sunday in Baie-Comeau, Québec Province, Canada. With the two events so close together, the Québec World Cup was a stepping stone to 2022’s pinnacle Para cycling event, the World Championships.

Paralympian Nicole Murray explains what it means for Para cyclists:

“I’m looking forward to putting on the black jersey for the biggest competition we’ve had since the Paralympic Games!”

PARALYMPIAN NICOLE MURRAY

We spoke to team coach Damian Wiseman in Québec about how the World Cup has gone, and what the mood is going into World Championships. He explained:

“We’ve had a good few days here in Québec. This World Cup was about continuing to get through some work before we pull back for the pinnacle event. Our approach will differ for the World Championships. We are tapering into that event and our focus is on our performance for World Championships. Everything we do is tied to the athlete’s own plans and process, stepping them through to next weekend.”

As well as having built on their preparation for World Championships, the team leave Québec with two silver and one bronze medal. Eltje Malzbender also won the coveted World Cup Series jersey for her performances across the three 2022 World Cups.

Results from Québec City 2022 UCI Para Cycling Road World Cup

Day

Para athlete

Race

Time

Placing

Day 1

Eltje Malzbender

Women’s T1 time trial

44:50.23, +2:15.29 behind first place

Silver

Day 1

Stevo Hills

Men’s T2 time trial

34:26.85, +2:37.28 behind first place

6th

Day 2

Fraser Sharp

Men’s C2 time trial

26:54.95, +1:41.61 behind first place

8th

Day 2

Sarah Ellington

Women’s C2 time trial

33:08.79`, +4:00.02 behind first place

7th

Day 2

Nicole Murray

Women’s C5 time trial

27:12.82, +1:56.22 behind first place

Bronze

Day 2

Elizabeth Gasson

Women's C3 time trial

36:52.48, +9:35.96 behind first place

6th

Day 3

Eltje Malzbender

Women’s T1 road race

1:11:23, +03:44 behind first place

Silver

Day 3

Stevo Hills

Men’s T2 road race

1:10:12, +01:18 behind first place

4th

Day 4

Fraser Sharp

Men’s C2 road race

1:41:07, +02:34 behind first place

7th

Day 4

Sarah Ellington

Women's C2 road race

- 1 lap

10th

Day 4

Nicole Murray

Women's C5 road race

1:45:50, +05:21 behind first place

5th

Day 4

Elizabeth Gasson

Women's C3 road race

- 1 lap

6th

2022 UCI Para Cycling World Championships

 

Find out the schedule and more information about the World Championships.

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