Dame Sarah Storey and Crystal Lane-Wright kick-started the medal haul with a GB one-two in the women’s C5 time trial race. Reigning world time trial champion Storey completed the 25.2 km course in a time of 35:47.24 to defend her title, while Lane-Wright finished in second place, in 36:33.33. Germany’s Kerstin Brachtendorf completed the podium in bronze medal position.
Speaking of her victory, Storey said: “It feels good to cross the finish line in first place. It’s obviously been a bit of a strange few months, it’s my first trip abroad since February last year and it’s great to finish with a gold medal.
“The course is entirely on the Estoril motor circuit so it’s out and back in each direction, so you’ll get a really great tail wind in one direction and then a terrible headwind in another, plus the corners are quite unpredictable so all the training I’ve done in Lanzorote over the years has certainly helped me today!”
Next to visit the top step of the podium for Great Britain was the tandem pairing of Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby. They completed a storming ride over four laps of the course, finishing their 33.6km race in 41:11.60. Only 700 hundredths of a second separated the silver and bronze medals, won by the French and Dutch pairings respectively.
After collecting their rainbow jersey and medals, Steve Bate said: “It feels pretty amazing really. We took the decision to skip the world cup in Belgium to focus on this event and that’s […]