Stone wins Road Race gold in race of his life
on 08-09-2012 14:11
Tricycle rider David Stone rode what he called the race of his life to successfully defend his T 1-2 Road Race title at Brands Hatch this morning (Saturday).
Great Britain finish these Games top of the Cycling medal table with 22 medals – eight gold, nine silver and five bronze – compared to 20 four years ago in Beijing, when there were more Track events.
Yorkshireman Stone, frustrated at losing his Time Trial crown when he took bronze on Wednesday, beat Italy's Giorgio Farroni by seven seconds after a tooth-and-nail battle.
The duo went clear of the pack alongside Hans-Peter Durst but then moved clear of the German, who abandoned the race.
After attacking several times on the third and final lap of the famous motor racing circuit, only for Farroni to catch up again, Stone finally broke free towards the finish.
“It was the best race of my life. It makes the win better as it wasn’t easy,” said Stone, 31, who is competing in his third Games.
“It shows how much stronger the competition is. Compared to Beijing, the field is so much harder now. It’s good, it pushes me, it makes it a much better sport.”
Asked if he would go for gold again in Rio in four years’ time, he replied, “Oh yes.”
Lora Turnham and her pilot Fiona Duncan finished eighth in the women’s B Road Race for tandems.
They missed out in the sprint for bronze having battled back from a minute down to rejoin the group behind winners Robbi Weldon and Lyne Bessette of Canada.