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Zanardi claims second gold

8 September 2012

Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi added a second gold medal to his London 2012 haul after breaking out of the pack to win the men's H4 handcycling road race at Brands Hatch.

The Italian, who endured spells at Minardi, Lotus, Jordan and Williams during two brief spells in the top flight between more successful times in the US-based Champ Car World Series, had already secured gold in Wednesday's 16km time trial, but played a waiting game in the group race before putting in the perfect sprint finish to leave his rivals trailing at the former British Grand Prix venue.

"To win this race in this way, in such a dramatic way and sprinting makes me really proud," admitted the 45-year old, who beat South Africa's Ernst van Dyk and Belgian Wim Decleir to the line, "It shows that I am a complete cyclist, even if I have no legs.

"The race did not go as I expected. I thought that I could take off soon and that I would only need to stay calm but, at the fourth lap, I tested my opponents and understood my tactic would not work, so I changed it completely and only tried to save, save and save. I managed my energies well. It's been a tough race, I could have very well lost it."

Zanardi will complete his Paralympics adventure with the team relay late on Saturday afternoon (8 September).


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