Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
9 Oct 2016
6:52 pm

SA cyclists bag bronze medals

Wesley Botton

Daryl Impey and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio got South Africa's campaign off to a great start on Sunday, earning bronze medals in the team time trials on the opening day of the World Road Cycling Championships in Doha.

FILE PICTURE: Daryl Impey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon - Velo/Getty Images)

With riders representing their trade outfits in the team events, rather than their home countries, Impey formed part of the six-man Orica-BikeExchange squad who ended third in the men’s race.

They covered the 40km distance in 43:09, just 37 seconds off the pace of gold medallists Etixx – Quick Step.

Following a reported protest by World Tour teams over travel costs, eight squads withdrew from the event (including SA outfit Dimension Data) though 10 top-flight teams took part, along with lower-tier squads.

It was Impey’s second career medal at the annual global championships after he bagged silver in the team trial in Tuscany three years ago.

Earlier on day one of the Doha showpiece, Moolman-Pasio had joined Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling as they grabbed third place in the women’s team time trial, which was held in warm conditions.

They finished a little less than two minutes off the pace set by the Boels Dolmans riders who won gold in 48:42.

Moolman-Pasio secured her second medal at a major international championship after taking bronze in the road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

With Impey not included in the national team, Moolman-Pasio will lead the 15-member SA squad next week, as they turn out in individual time trials and road races at the eight-day spectacle.