BAIE-COMEAU, Quebec — On the opening day of competition at the International Cycling Union Para-cycling Road World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, U.S. Paralympics cyclists claimed four medals, including gold medals for Monica Bascio (Evergreen, Colo.) and Muffy Davis (Sun Valley, Idaho/Salt Lake City, Utah).
The first U.S. medal of the championship went to two-time London 2012 Paralympic silver medalist Bascio, who upgraded to the top step of the podium in Baie-Comeau only a week after claiming the overall title for the women's H3 classification at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Finals. She finished the time trial in 35:44.93, easily topping Russian Svetlana Moshkovich, who raced the 17.3 kilometers in 36:46.10.
Three-time 2012 Paralympic gold medalist Davis easily matched her performance from the final in Matane, Quebec, winning the women's H2 time trial to give Team USA a second victory on the day. Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.), who was third to Davis in the final, claimed another bronze medal here today.
While the women were the stars of Day 1 for Team USA, U.S. Navy veteran Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) made a statement in his world championship debut for U.S. Paralympics Cycling, placing third in the men's H1 time trial, just 1:49.17 behind Italy's Luca Mazzone.
Team USA also notched three fifth place finishes: U.S. Navy veteran Steven Peace (Albion, Mich.) in the men’s T2 time trial; U.S. Marine Corps veteran Oz Sanchez (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the men’s H4 time trial; and William Lachenauer (Reno, Nev.) in the men’s H2 time trial. Matthew Updike (Denver, Colo.) also finished ninth in the men's H2 time trial.
The world championships continue through Sept. 1. Fresh-off a 25 medal performance at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Finals, 27 American cyclists — including six U.S. military veterans who served with the Army, Marine Corps and Navy — are competing in Baie-Comeau based on performances at the USA Cycling Para-cycling Road Race National Championships in Madison, Wis., on July 4.
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