SASI stars key to Aussies top show in Emmen

SASI athletes Paige Greco, Darren Hicks and Meg Lemon played pivital roles in Australia's top-of-the ladder return at the UCI Para-cycling World Titles in Emmen, Netherlands last week

Darren Hicks holding his medal in the air

SASI looks to have some major players in the run to the Tokyo Paralympics after some brilliant efforts at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Titles in Emmen, Netherlands, which ended on September 15.

Paige Greco, Darren Hicks and Meg Lemon were members of the Australian team which topped the table with nine gold, one silver and five bronze medals, just ahead of Germany and Italy with eight gold medals each.

Greco and Hicks continued their outstanding form this year with gold medals in the road race to make it dual world titles after both took out track world titles in March. Lemon won bronze in the road race.

Australia won five gold medals on day one to start the titles in a whirlwind. Lemon also took out bronze in the time trial and road race.

SASI coach Loz Shaw, who was with the team in Emmen, said the SASI athletes had all done well.

"Day one was a great start and a pretty surreal day,'' Shaw said.

"It was tough competition and hard fought.

"Darren won by about 30 seconds, while Paige gave us a big scare before winning by about two seconds.

"Team wise it was a great start. You don't actually get five world champs crowned in the one day.''

The Australians excelled on the road with 29 medals across the three rounds of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup season.

Greco said she was thrilled with her results and to be able to have an impact on the Australian team.

"I'm feeling great but I didn't know I had won until a little later after I had finished I was very happy,'' Greco said.

"I can't believe I have done it on the track and road. I definitely learned a lot and I think it's given me the motivation to keep training hard in the head into next year.''

Paige Greco holding medal

Hicks did not finish in his road race after a crash in front of him took him out of the event.

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