Team USA wins 15 medals at Paracycling world cup

By Katie Branham | July 28, 2014, 11:16 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Team USA won 15 medals at the final event of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup as the series concluded July 25-27 in Segovia, Spain.

Team USA finished second in the medal count behind Germany’s 17 medals, but the U.S. won more gold medals than any other nation with five athletes winning nine gold medals.

Three athletes brought home the highest honors as they were crowned overall world cup champions in their respective classes. 

Navy veteran Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon), a three-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair rugby, was crowned the overall world cup champion for the men’s H2 class. Groulx’s wins in the time trial and road race continued his undefeated year in both national and international competition.

Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California), who recently was named Best Female Athlete with a Disability at the 2014 ESPYS, also won the overall title in the women’s C3 class. Whitmore added two more gold medals in the time trial and road race to her already spectacular season. 

Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kansas) rounded out the trio as she won gold in the women’s C4 time trial and silver in the road race to win the overall C4 world cup title.

Team USA’s handcycle relay team of Groulx, Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nevada) and Matt Updike (Denver, Colorado) won silver in the final event of the competition. 

The Para-cycling road season will conclude with the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Team USA will have the hometown advantage as the championships will be held in Greenville, South Carolina.

Additional medalists from Team USA include:
  • Greta Neimanas (Colorado Springs, Colorado), women’s C5 time trial silver
  • Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado), women’s C5 road race gold and time trial silver 
  • Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Florida), women’s C5 road race silver 
  • Alicia Dana (Putney, Vermont), women’s H2 time trial and road race gold
  • Steven Peace (San Diego, California), men’s T2 time trial silver 
  • Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nevada), men’s H2 time trial gold