Denise Schindler increased her world championship medal tally by claiming a silver and a bronze at the recent UCI Para-cycling World Championships in Pietermartizburg, South Africa.
The Endura athlete, who races with a prosthetic below the knee of her right leg, finished second in the women’s C3 road race and third in the women’s C3 individual time-trial.
Schindler, who earlier this year rode as part of the first amputee pairing to finish the gruelling Tour TransAlp, has won world titles on the road and track.
She will add her latest brace of medals to an impressive collection that includes silver and bronze medals from the last two Paralympic Games.
“I’m happy and proud,” she said, after finishing as runner-up to Sweden’s Anna Beck in a four-way sprint in the Elite Women’s C3 road race. “I enjoyed every moment.”
On Friday, Schindler claimed bronze in a race won by Japan’s Keiko Noguchi. Just seven seconds separated the first three rider, with Beck winning silver.
Movistar Team’s youthful selection at La Vuelta Espana continued to impress as the race entered the high mountains. Richard Carapaz, 24, the first Ecuadorian to race in the UCI WorldTour, finished just behind the group of favourites on the savage climb to the observatory at Calar Alto on stage 11.
It was one of Movistar Team’s most experienced campaigners, however, who came closest to a coveted stage win. JJ Rojas, 32, twice the Spanish road race champion, and Movistar Team rider since 2011, finished second on stage 10 and third on stage 12.
Both of Rojas’ near misses came after fighting his way into the day’s breakaway. On stage 10, in his home region of Murcia, he was narrowly beaten by Matteo Trentin (QuickStep Floors). Two days later, after a day’s riding in a five-man breakaway, he could only watch as Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal) broke clear. Rojas crossed the finish line in Antequera just 52 seconds in arrears.
Today’s rest day is much needed after two savage mountain stages in which Dani Moreno produced the team’s stand out performances, finishing in the top 20 on the climb of La Pandera (stage 14) and the Alto Hoya de la Mora (stage 15).
La Vuelta resumes tomorrow on Movistar Team’s home soil, with a 25-mile individual time-trial that begins on the Circuito de Navarra motorsport circuit and finishes in the medieval city of Logroño. Movistar Team’s Nelson Oliveira, a four-time ITT champion of Portugal, will start among the Blues’ best hopes for a strong report.
Meanwhile, at the Tour of Britain, Movistar Team found themselves on Endura’s home soil, rolling out of Edinburgh on a 190.1km route to Kelso in the Scottish Borders.
Gorka Izagirre, a stage winner at the Giro d’Italia in May, rode in a breakaway caught with 80km remaining. Today’s hilly second stage from Kielder Water to Blyth could end in a bunch sprint; an outcome likely to suit Movistar Team’s fast man, Danielle Bennati.
Lucy Charles finished second to Germany’s Anna Haug at the Ironman 70.3 race on Lanzarote. The Londoner, who is enjoying a wildly successful season, experienced a rare defeat, and finished the race nearly eight minutes in arrears to Haug.
Charles emerged from the swim with a useful 2:02 lead on her German rival, with the Austrian Michela Herlbauer a further 32 seconds back. Charles turned the screw in the bike split, completing the cycle nearly 1:14 quicker than the German.
With a third of the run completed, however, Haug had Charles in her sights, and by the midway point led her by 1:51. Herlbauer was a distant 13:38 behind. Determined to maximise her advantage, Haug seemed to get faster, and finished by posting a time of 1:18:17 for a 21km run.
Charles greeted defeat with a positive attitude, telling Slowtwitch.com: “I’ve been training really hard for the last four weeks in preparation for Kona, and I carry on tomorrow. I knew I´d have to dig deep during the run, but my pace [2:59 marathon] was exactly what I need to do in Kona, so I'm pleased with how it went overall.”
Photos: Sean Hardy / BrakeThrough Media / Lucy Charles