The Australian Cycling Team collected twelve medals, including three rainbow jerseys, at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Maniago, Italy.
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Cycling Central

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Cycling Australia
7 Aug 2018 - 9:20 AM 

Bathurst’s Emilie Miller (H1 Handcycle) won gold in both the time trial and road race, while Melbourne’s Alistair Donohoe (C5) claimed his third career road world title.

The Victorian trio of Carol Cooke (T2 - Tricycle) and Hannah Macdougall (C4) won dual silver in the road race and time trial, as did debutante Kaitlyn Schurmann (C1).

Kyle Bridgwood (QLD) and Meg Lemon (SA) won bronze in the C4 time trial finals, with Darren Hicks (SA) also claiming bronze in the C2 road race.

For Donohoe, 23, a stunning solo victory in the C5 road race gave him his third road rainbow jersey from the last four World Championships.

The 2014 and 2015 road world champion was part of a three-rider breakaway for most of the race before his attack on the pair inside the final few kilometres went unanswered.

“It was super aggressive in the first two laps, then on the last lap I hit the pair before the fast run into town, and from there it was just head down to the finish, and I managed to hold them off,” said Donohoe, who won by twenty seconds. “Winning solo is a rarity, especially as I am someone who prefers the sprints, and my first victory since Rio. After having some health and injury problems last season, it was just so, so, so good to get back on top.

“And in my favourite event, this is a fantastic win. In a typically Australian way, I’m stoked.”

Donohoe was within metres of winning gold in the Rio Games, but was brought down in a nasty crash within sight of the line.

Miller, 23, is still coming to terms with her dual gold medal performance.

“I don’t think it has sunk in yet, it’s a humbling experience,” said Miller, “It felt amazing to pull on the rainbow jersey, and I was thrilled to see the hard training paying off.

“I felt it was my best race on an international stage so far. I felt I rode a very good race technically by choosing good lines, and I surprised myself with how strong I was on the climbs and had a strong, fast finish to the race.”

Seven-time world champion Cooke was content with her dual silver medal-winning performance.

“I came into these World Championships hoping to bring home the world champion stripes, and I was in the best shape of my life,” said Cooke, who finished behind the USA’s Jill Walsh in both races. “I had my race plans in place and rode them perfectly, gave everything that I had. Unfortunately for me, Jill was faster on both days.

“But I am very proud to have done my best, and for me that is the success, doing my best in any race. Two silver medals aren't too shabby! I am very happy to have been on the podium.”

A leader on and off the bike, Cooke, 56, recognised the growth and improving quality of tricycle racing, while also revealing the results of her teammates inspire her.

“The trike class is growing and becoming stronger, and I am happy to be part of that growth.

“It was also great to see my teammates do so well, Kaitlyn Schurmann in her first ever World Championships won two silver and Emilie Miller won two gold! Watching them race is so inspiring.”

Cooke also paid tribute to Cycling Australia’s Technical Director of Para-cycling Peter Day who is retiring next month.

“We have an amazing team which has been put together by Peter over the last ten years, and it is with a heavy heart that we will be saying goodbye to his leadership in September. However, we all wish him the best in his retirement, and I am sure that his wife Cheryl will be more than happy to have him at home!”