Handcycle relay wins silver on first day of UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

By Katie Branham | Aug. 28, 2014, 9:13 p.m. (ET)

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Team USA’s handcycle relay team of Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon), Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nevada) and Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kansas) opened the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships with a silver medal at the BMW Performance Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

With Italy and the U.S. team splitting relay wins on the 2014 world cup circuit, the rivalry came to a head at the world championships with only 39 seconds separating the two teams over the 22.5-kilometer course. The Italian team of Vittorio Podesta, Luca Mazzone and Alex Zanardi won the first gold medal of the championships.
Navy Veteran Groux raced the first leg for Team USA and praised the unique course.

“It was a great hard-fought race in a fantastic venue. Italy had a fantastic ride and earned a well fought win. Big thank you to BMW and the City of Greenville for hosting at such a great venue. It was a good start to the competition, and we’ll only get better.”

After powering through the middle leg of the race, Lachenauer said, “It was a great race for our whole team. We all hammered as hard as we could and Dan and Will just get faster every time they race. Italy was a great competitor and did a great job.”

Competing in his first season of Para-cycling, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Cnossen carried the team through the final leg of the relay.

“In my first season and first world championships, I’m honored to have been on this relay with some amazing teammates,” Cnossen said. “The race was a great way to start worlds and a great experience.”

Competition resumes tomorrow with the first day of time trial races and runs through Monday, Sept. 1. The event will be live streamed on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at USParalympics.org. Complete results are available at Greenville2014.org