The Australian team continued its superb start to the 2019 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup season with a twelve medal haul in Belgium's second round, equalling the team's opening round performance in Italy.
In another stellar display, the team netted six gold for the round with Carol Cooke (T2) and Emilie Miller (H1) winning dual gold and the World Cup leader's jerseys in their respective categories.
"I'm extremely proud of my start to the international season here in Ostend. I am incredibly humbled and surprised to receive the World Cup leaders jersey, and two golds tops off a great week," said the dual reigning world champion Miller.
"I am pleased with the execution of my technical skills throughout the time trial, which has been a major focus for this early part of the season, and my road race was my best result for this competition and my best ever road race performance.
"I believe I exceeded where we thought I would be at in this early part of the year and it's great to see I'm just building on the form I found at the 2018 World Champs.
"A massive thanks to all the Australian Cycling Team staff and my home coaches who make the magic happen."
"I came into this season with no expectations, really wanting to have fun racing and just do the best that I could. It is such an important year for us to gain points for Tokyo so Iâm happy to have been able to do my part," said Cooke, the 2018 T2 World Cup champion, who claimed dual silver in last week's opening round in Italy.
"I always knew it would be difficult in Italy due to the climbing involved and my German competitor, Jana, being an amazing climber. So I was just happy to come away with the two silvers.
"In round two in Belgium, I knew it was a good time trial course for me and Iâm happy racing in the wind. The road race was probably one of the best our category has ever had, everyone picking it up a year out from Paralympic Games. With four of us sprinting to the line I just had to dig deep and go for it."
Paige Greco (C3), who claimed dual gold in the opening round of the World Cup in Italy, added a third gold to her haul with victory in the time trial, while Darren Hicks won the C2 race against the clock.
Greco also claimed bronze in the road race which secured her the World Cup leader's jersey. Hannah MacDougall (C4) claimed road race silver.
In other time trial results, Stuart Tripp (MH5) claimed silver, while a heroic effort from Stuart Jones (MT2) saw him win bronze after breaking his collarbone in a mid-race crash.
Emily Petricola (C4) won her maiden World Cup road medal with time trial silver, while Meg Lemon (C4) shared the podium after winning bronze.
The Australian Team for September's 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will be announced by Cycling Australia on June 5.
The third round of the World Cup will be held in Baie-Comeau, Canada, in August.
Wollongong's Kai Sakakibara equalled his career-best UCI BMX Supercross World Cup result with a fourth place finish in the season's third round held in Papendal, the Netherlands.
Sakakibara recovered after a slow start in Saturday's third round final to finish just off the podium behind Dutch 2018 World Cup champion Niek Kimmann.
"I felt great all day," Sakakibara said after equalling his career best result which he achieved in 2018 in Belgium. "I won my first round, the round of 16 and the eighth (final). I even got a second place in my quarter, but coming down to that final, it was really tight, and I was really excited to be there as it was my first World Cup final of the year.
"I got a bit shot down in the first straight and tried to work my way back but finished fourth. Overall a really good result and I'm happy to get the score on the board. A couple of things to work on for tomorrow but I can't wait."
In Sunday's fourth round, Sakakibara's campaign ended in the quarter-final stage. The 22-year-old now sits eighth on the overall World Cup standings.
Kai's sister Saya Sakakibara grabbed a semi final and final finish for the two rounds, just two weeks after crashing out of the World Cup opening round in England.
"I was already thankful I was able to race," said Saya after her round three semi final finish on Saturday. "I chose lane eight in the semi final to give myself some room and I was confident I was able to get through the first few jumps OK.
"Later in the race, I made a decision to not jump, but to pump in the second straight, which unfortunately was the wrong decision and I lost position and I ended up fifth.
"That was disappointing, but I am happy that I was able to have a good race and stayed on my bike which was a big box to tick in this round for me."
Round 3 & 4 Results - Papendal
World Cup standings - after Round 4:
Full results from the 2019 World Cup season.
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The Australian Team commenced its 2019 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup campaign with a twelve medal haul highlighted by dual gold to Adelaide’s Paige Greco.
The picturesque town of Corridonia, Italy, hosted the opening round of the 2019 season which promises to be hotly contested with valuable Paralympic Games qualification points on offer at each round.
All rounds include time trials and road races for all classes, with Greco claiming gold in both events in the C3 classification.
2019 T2 UCI World Cup champion Carol Cooke collected dual silver, 2019 track world champion Darren Hicks won dual bronze, while Meg Lemon and Hannah Macdougall found the podium twice across the weekend.
Grant Allen and Stuart Jones also collected medals during the round.
The team will now head to Ostend, Belgium for the second round of the UCI Para World Cup next weekend.
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