In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez doubles up at the Vuelta a España, Froome extends lead; Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Caleb Ewan claims stage 1 of the Tour of Britain; Bouhanni victorious at the GP de Fourmies; Arnaud Demare takes out the Brussels Cycling Classic; Evan Huffman leads the Tour of Alberta after three stages; Carol Cooke takes two gold medals at Para-cycling World Championships; Race to the Rock gets underway, but its chief instigator doesn’t; Doubts raised over effectiveness of UCI mechanical fraud tests.
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Australia’s Carol Cooke has added to her haul of Para-cycling world titles, winning gold in both the time trial and road race at the 2017 Worlds in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
The 2016 Paralympic gold medalist kicked off the meet late last week with her fourth straight time trial world title. Cooke covered the two laps of the 7.5km circuit in a time of 33:04 to take the win in the women’s T2 Tricycle category, seven seconds ahead of close rival Jill Walsh (USA).
A great day at the office! 4th World Champion TT win for me. Tough race with some tough conditions but a win by 7 seconds. Congrats to @walshjill19 on her silver and Jana Majunke on Bronze. It’s getting harder to stay in front of these ladies! @livcycling_aus @cyclingvictoria @cyclingaustralia @vicinstsport @ausparalympics #4inarow #webelieve #howweride #livbeyond #lifeasacyclist #ridelikeagirl
Cooke backed up her time trial title with success in the road race on Saturday, completing the Women’s T2 24.3km road race in 51:07, just ahead of Jana Majunke (Germany) and Jill Walsh (USA). It is Cooke’s third Para-cycling road world title, adding to her successes in 2013 and 2014.
“The women have gotten a lot stronger in the past two years, and today’s racing was really hard,” said Cooke. “But I really wanted to wear the rainbow jersey again and I am very happy with my win today!”
Probably one of my best races ever! So very excited to win back these amazing stripes and losing them in 2015! There are so many people to thank for getting me here. I may be out there on my own during the race but it is definitely a team effort. Thanks to my hubbie Russ, you are my rock at home. Rebecca DiCello my coach who has pushed me to limits I never thought possible! All the staff @vicinstsport @ben.willey1 @nickowen5 , @livcycling_aus who have supported me for the last 5 years! @cliftonhillchiro and my chiro @stellaparissis who keeps me going. Russ Short my amazing massage therapist. The amazing ladies from @skcc1 and the one person who rides with me on those early weekend mornings @clarefgidd when everyone else is still sleeping! But I also can’t forget friends overseas who have housed, fed and ridden with me @hanspeterdurst @trikeracer Last but not least my teammates and @cyclingaustralia staff who do everything to make things run smoothly. These wins are all of theirs too! Who knows what the future holds but for now I think it’s time for a rest! But not too long there are other challenges in the future! @ausparalympics #livbeyond #lifeasacyclist #webelieve #howweride #ridelikeagirl #paracycling #paraworldchampionships
This win comes off the back of a standout 12 months for Carol Cooke who claimed two gold medals at the Rio Paralympics Games, three gold, two silver and one bronze in the 2017 World Cup season, and both national championship crowns earlier this year.
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