British Para-cyclist Simon Price misses World Cup podium by 15 seconds

Simon Price battles with Spanish rider Maurice Eckhard Tio, one of his chief rivals in paracycling's C2 class EMN-150617-131728002
Simon Price battles with Spanish rider Maurice Eckhard Tio, one of his chief rivals in paracycling's C2 class EMN-150617-131728002
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Great Britain para-cyclist Simon Price was satisfied after completing his World Cup schedule with two top six finishes in Switzerland.

The Thorpe Satchville rider travelled home from Yverdon-les-Bains yesterday after a tough fortnight of back-to-back World Cup events which began in Italy.

Price opened the latest leg with sixth place in Sunday’s time trial, an improvement on the seventh place finish he recorded on his previous outing in Maniago.

He finished the 14.15km course in 20min 10secs, a mere 15 seconds off a podium position, but well behind Irishman Colin Lynch who finished more than a minute quicker than his nearest rival.

Attentions then switched to the road race on Tuesday, Price’s favoured discipline.

Riders faced three laps of a 14km course which contained tough 4km and 2km climbs, and Price again could only look on as Israel Hilario Rimas, from Peru, won again after a race-long battle with Spaniard Maurice Eckhard Tio.

The Great British rider crossed the line in fifth in a time of 1hr 21min 56secs, two minutes down on the winner, mirroring the finishing position he achieved in Italy.

He said: “In the time trial I was only 25 seconds off second place so that was a solid performance.

“In the road race there were a few different guys in the mix, but the same one-two.”

The 45-year-old will hope he has done enough to convince the British team selectors he is worth a return trip to Switzerland at the end of July for the World Paracycling Championships. The squad is set to be announced in the coming days.

Price and his team-mates have already studied the courses to be used, at Nottwil, near Lucerne, during the break between competitions.

After becoming national time trial champion last year, Price was invited onto the British Cycling Paralympic Academy Programme and is targeting a grand swansong in Rio.