Three Para-Cyclists end 2015 season in Top 3 of World Cup rankings

Shelley Gautier, Marie-Claude Molnar, and Nicole Clermont end season among World Cup leaders

(Pietermaritzburg, RSA – September 13, 2015) The last para-cycling races of the 2015 season took place Saturday and Sunday, presented as part of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling World Cup Finals in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

No Canadian has managed to earn in 2015 the coveted white jersey awarded to the class winners of World Cup rankings. Canadians, however, fared well with three para-cyclists finishing in the top three in the overall standings.

Toronto’s Shelley Gautier dominated the race weekend, winning the time trial race and the road race. In the T1 road race on Saturday, she was victorious by more than 12 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. She finished second in the overall rankings with a podium performance in every race in which she participated. She posted three road races wins in as many starts.

Nicole Clermont also had a spectacular breakthrough season, having finished in the Top-3 a total of five times. In Africa, she managed to finish twice on the podium, including a bronze medal in the road race on Sunday. The cyclist and school principal of St-Denis de Brompton ended her season in third place overall.

Marie-Claude Molnar also had an excellent weekend with a third place in the time trial and a fifth place in the road race. In the overall standings, she finished the second season of the general classification f the World Cup rankings, showing four Top3 performances.

1. GAUTIER, Shelley (CANADA) 47:19
2. WOOLFORD, Bianca (AUSTRALIA) 59:26 +12:07
3. SIBAGATOVA, Yulia (RUSSIA) 1:00:34 +13:15

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