Tom Davis cycling on the opening day of competition at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships on Sept. 11, 2019 in Emmen, Netherlands.
EMMEN, NETHERLANDS – Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon), Tom Davis (Fremont, Indiana) and Brandon Lyons (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) joined forces, battling the rain to bring home Team USA’s first medal of the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships with silver in the team relay on Wednesday.
Highlights From Road Cycling
Starting Off Strong – Team USA sealed silver to win the first medal of the road world championships as Davis, Groulx and Lyons teamed up for the first time for the team relay. The trio will have a day off before seeking their second medal in the time trial races.
Renewed Rivalry – For the third year in a row at a world championships, the U.S. battled Italy for the top spot in the team relay. This year, the relay kicked off the competition in Emmen as Italy maintained a strong lead to finish with the gold and upsetting defending champions Team USA.
Team USA Results (Sept. 11)
1 medal (1 silver)
Silver (1): Team relay: Tom Davis (Fremont, Ind.), Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.), Brandon Lyons (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
Full results can be found at the UCI’s website.
“It was an awesome race with crazy conditions. It was a brand new group of three guys in a relay team at a world championships so it just goes to show the kind of depth of our team and the athletes we have coming up. It’s a fantastic thing to see and I’m proud to come out of this with a medal today. I’m excited for more races this weekend.”
The U.S. begins time trial competition tomorrow for the men’s and women’s C1-5 classes. Reigning world champion Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) will seek to defend her title in the women’s C4 class while Jamie Whitmore (Somerset, California) will try to upgrade her women’s C3 bronze medal from 2018.