Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Belgische TandemRace, Turnham & Bate Secure Podiums as Thoughts Turn to Rio!


GB tandem pairing Lora Turnham & Corrine Hall secured second place at the 5 stage, 4 day Belgische Tandemrace (5th-8th May) with Stephen Bate & Adam Duggleby matching the girls in the men’s race.
Irish duo Katie George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal took the opening 75 km hilly stage at Gedinne ahead of Turnham & Hall with Bate & Duggleby finishing behind Marcin Polak & Michal Ladosz from Poland but crucially conceding 2:44.
The general classification remained unchanged after Friday’s flat, 84km stage at Overpelt with both races ending in bunch kicks, Polish pair Anna Duzikowska & Natalia Morytko surprise winners of the womens stage. Saturdays split stage at Hulshout decided the women’s race with Dunlevy & McCrystal clocking 2:53:03 on the bumpy outdoor track to Turnham & Halls 2:55:60.
The 2.4km test also gave the Polish bike another win (2:35:78) but the gap to the British pair was less than a second (2:36:52).
Dunlevy & McCrystal picked up their third win in the afternoons 83km stage with the Dutch pair Stephen de Vries & Patrick Bos winners at Overpelt adding a second win in another sprint.
Polak & Ladosz underlined their strength, taking Sunday’s final stage, an 80km blast around Essen, sealing the victory they had set up at Gedinne.
Turnham & Hall outsprinted the Irish bike to win the stage but the two seconds conceded on the track cost them the overall. The GB Paracycling team return to Belgium next week for the UCI Road World cup at Ostende before turning attention to Rio and the Paralympic Games.
Brief Results
1 Dunlevy Katie-George Mc Cristal Eve IRL 8.18.54,6
2 Turnham Lora Hall Corrine GBR 8.18.57,2
3 Weldon Robbi Lemieux Audrey CAN 8.19.14,3
Men
1 Polak Marcin Ladosz Michal POL 7.39.09,8
2 Bate Stephen Duggleby Adam GBR 7.41.54,5
3 Debeaupuits Damien Dhinnin Mickael FRA 7.42.01,9


*This 30th edition of the Belgische TandemRace, the brainchild of John Dereat will be the last. Dereat passed away in 2013.

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