Team USA wins three medals on final day of UCI Para-cycling Road world Championships

By Katie Branham | Sept. 01, 2014, 8:58 a.m. (ET)
 
 Jill Walsh won two medals, one silver and one bronze, in her international Para-cycling debut.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Team USA won three silver medals on the final day of racing to bring the overall team total to 18 medals at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina.

Team USA finished first in the overall medal count with nine gold, six silver and three bronze medals ahead of Germany’s 14 medals (seven gold, three silver and four bronze).

Alicia Dana (Putney, Vermont) won her second medal of the championships as she won silver in the women’s H3 road race. Dana was unable to hold off a late push from Renata Kaluza of Poland as the two crossed the line together. Earlier in the week Dana won the world championship title in the time trial.

“It feels great to have another medal,” Dana said. “I feel like I ran a pretty darn good race, except for a few misjudgments that cost me in the end. But overall I’m very pleased with my race. It has been really great racing here in the U.S. and having a lot of other wheelchair athletes here watching us and cheering us on and supporting us.”

Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon) won his third medal of the week as he took silver in the men’s H2 time trial. Groulx finished less than a second behind Luca Mazzone of Italy who won gold. Earlier Groulx won silver in the team handcycle relay and gold in the time trial.

Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York) improved upon her bronze medal from the women’s T2 time trial as she claimed silver in the road race. Walsh rode the majority of the race without the aid of a pack and secured her silver medal position by more than six minutes ahead of Jana Majunke of Germany.

“I can’t stop smiling after that race,” Walsh said. “I was a bit surprised, because I normally don’t do well in the heat, but the team staff is so wonderful. They were just dumping buckets of ice water on me, and it saved the day. I am pretty pumped, but I’m already thinking of how I can improve and how I can get faster.”

Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky), a three-time Paralympic medalist in rowing and Nordic skiing, finished fourth in the women’s H5 road race in a hard fought race. Masters overcame a mechanical issue early in the race to rejoin the pack and push the pace as the leader; however, a second mechanical issue derailed her with only seven kilometers left in the race, and she was unable to rejoin the leaders.

Also finishing in fourth place for Team USA, Ryan Boyle (Marrietta, Georgia) sprinted past Colombia’s Ayala Ayala Nestor to grab the fourth spot at the line in the men’s T2. In his first Para-cycling world championship, Paralympic Nordic skier Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kansas) finished fourth and Oz Sanchez (San Diego, California) finished fifth in a very competitive men’s H5 race.

Next year’s world championships will take place in July 28 through Aug. 2, 2015 in Nottwil, Switzerland. Complete results are available at Greenville2014.org