Shawn Morelli competes at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships on Sept. 14, 2019 in Emmen, Netherlands.
EMMEN, NETHERLANDS – Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) led Team USA to four medals in as many days at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships on Saturday, defending her rainbow jersey in the women’s C4 road race.
Highlights From Road Cycling
Reigning Champion – Morelli defended her world title in the women’s C4 road race and redeemed her silver medal from the time trial with a win on Saturday. She won her tenth world championship medal on the road and leaves Emmen as a double medalist.
On The Podium – Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington) returned to the podium to win his fourth world championship medal with bronze in the men’s C1 class while Samantha Bosco (Upland, California) made her first trip to the medal stand in Emmen with a third place finish in the women’s C5 division. Bosco previously finished fifth in the time trial and closed out her championship campaign with her fourth career world championships medal.
Back-To-Back Bronze – Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) continued her breakout year by earning her second bronze medal of the road world championships in the women’s C3 road race. Only in her first year with the program, Brown comes off winning four medals – three of which were gold – two weeks ago at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Team USA Results
Overall: 11 medals (2 gold, 5 silvers, 4 bronze)
Road Race (Sept. 14): 4 medals (1 gold, 3 bronzes)
Gold (1): Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pa.) – WC4
Bronze (3): Samantha Bosco (Upland, Calif.) – WC5; Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) - WC3; Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Wash.) – MC1
Full results can be found at this link.
“It was good. I was really disappointed after my time trial, not so much because I got second place but because I didn’t race well. I really had something to prove to myself that I did have the power of production that I needed to be here and to defend my title, so I was pretty happy to win.”
“I am so proud to represent my country. This has been a dream of mine ever since I was a young athlete to reach this pinnacle level. To do it in cycling has been a new avenue for me but I’m thrilled to do it. I came in as a rookie this year and wasn’t necessarily winning us a ton of medals at the start, but I’ve gotten into my groove and I feel incredibly proud to add to our medal count. We have such a strong team so to be a contender with the rest of my incredibly athletic, driven teammates has been quite the experience.”
“I’m always hungry for better, for podiums and best results. I thought I had one of my best performances for my time trial so I was pretty disappointed to have only gotten fifth so to be on the podium and finish out not only world championships but a pretty stellar 2019 season is more than I could ask for.”
World championship competition concludes on Sunday with the final road races of the event for the men’s and women’s H1-5 and T1-2 classes. Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon) and Oz Sanchez (San Diego, California) will seek to defend their world titles in the men’s H2 and H5 classes, respectively, while Ryan Boyle (Monroe, Connecticut) and Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York) will compete to keep their rainbow jerseys in the men’s and women’s T2 classes.