BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi defends his world-title in a para-cycling time trial.

Pietermaritzburg. The universe para-cycling chosen are assembly in
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, for a 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road
World Championships – and Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) lives adult to his
purpose as a favourite. On Thursday, a BMW Brand Ambassador won the
time hearing in a MH5 difficulty (men’s hand-cycle), fortifying his
universe pretension in a discipline. Overall, it is a ninth universe title
that Zanardi has won in his para-cycling career to date.

The time hearing was a initial of 3 competitions that Zanardi
is holding partial in during a Pietermaritzburg universe championships. The
para-athletes finished 3 laps on a 7.75 kilometre prolonged circuit, a
sum stretch of 23.3 kilometres. Zanardi continued where he had
finished during a prior universe championships hold in Switzerland two
years ago – with winning ways. He finished a stretch in 37:47.96
mins and was 2.6 seconds faster than his opposition and friend,
second-placed Tim de Vries (NED). In doing so, Zanardi cumulative his
fourth uninterrupted universe pretension in a discipline.
“I am
really unapproachable of this outcome and we wish to appreciate everybody in my team,
including my mother Daniela, who contributed to it,” pronounced Zanardi. “It
was a really prolonged race, flattering technical, and a interpretation of the
maturation foe was a pivotal to finishing with a grin on my face. On
a initial path we was fourth, afterwards second on path two, and on path 3 I
was ahead. we theory we not usually had what it took to win a bullion medal
though we also used it in a best probable way.”


“When we win by usually dual seconds after over 37 mins of
foe we have to acknowledge that we were not stronger than a guy
who finished second though that we were only a small luckier,” Zanardi
continued. “But we was positively as clever as my rivals and, as we am
coming a age of 51, we consider it is utterly remarkable, given that
some of these guys are in their mid-twenties. So we am unapproachable of it and
we take it.”

On Saturday (2nd September) Zanardi will contest in
a 60.7 kilometre particular highway foe and on Sunday (3rd
September) a team-relay is scheduled for him and a Italian
inhabitant team. Zanardi is also a reigning universe champion in both of
these disciplines.