Road Cycling

Defending champions ready to race at UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships –

Teams from 39 countries including numerous defending champions have converged for the five-day 2021 Para-cycling Road World Championships which start tomorrow at the famous Portuguese motor racing circuit, Circuito Estoril, in Cascais.

A number of 2019 champions are due to compete at this International Cycling Union (UCI)  event – the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships could not be staged in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic – including The Netherlands’ Tristen Bangma and Vincent ter Shure, in the MB category, Italy’s Roberta Amadeo from the WH2 class, Germany’s Vico Merklein in the MH3 category, Hans-Peter Durst in the MT2 class, Maike Hausberger in the WC2 class and British WC5 athlete Sarah Storey.

The competition opens with the team relay – nine times round a 1.98 kilometres lap using the long straight of the Circuito Estoril.

Competition at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships that start tomorrow will take place on the Estoril motor racing circuit in Portugal ©Getty Images

This will be followed by two days of individual time trials for men and women across the different handbike, tricycle, cycle and tandem sport classes, racing over distances between 16.8 and 33.6km – two to four laps of an 8.4km circuit.

Saturday (June 12) and Sunday (July 13) will see the staging of the road races, starting with the tandem through to the handbike categories ahead of Sunday evening’s closing awards ceremonies.

Italy’s Francesca Porcellato has competed successfully in a number of sports over the last three decades, at ten Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and she won both the individual time trial and road race in the H3 category at the UCI World Championships in 2015 in Nottwil.

She made her post-lockdown return to competition recently, winning at the first UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup of 2021 in Ostend.