Oksana Masters wins bronze on second day of Para-cycling world cup

By Brianna Tammaro | June 06, 2015, 9 p.m. (ET)

Oksana Masters races during the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A bronze medal from Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) and four top-eight finishes in the handcycling road race highlighted the second day of competition for Team USA at the UCI Para-cycling World Cup in Maniago, Italy.

Masters led U.S. athletes with her third-place finish in the women’s H5 race, navigating the 49.7-kilometer course to finish with a time of 1:33.42 behind the Netherlands’ Laura De Vaan and Jennette Jansen in first and second respectively. The three-time Paralympic medalist returned to the podium after taking bronze in Friday’s time trial.

With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees, U.S. cyclists battled the Italian roads to earn four top eight finishes by  Masters, Alicia Dana (Putney, Vermont), Oscar “Oz” Sanchez (Los Angeles, California) and Alredo “Freddy” de los Santos ( Hopewell Junction, New York).

Dana, a 2012 Paralympian, crossed the finish line in a tight race with two other competitors in the women’s H3 race to place her sixth with a time of 1:42.54. On the men’s side, two-time Paralympian Sanchez took fifth (1:52.01) in the men’s H5 race over the 63.9km course with Santos six-tenths of a second behind him in sixth (1:52.07).

World cup competition closes tomorrow in Maniago with the men’s and women’s C classes, tandem classes as well as the mixed team relay. Full results from Saturday’s road races can be found on the event website.