Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal stormed to gold in the WB Tandem Time Trial at the UCI 2017 Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermartizburg, South Africa today.

The Irish pair had a six-second advantage over Lora Fachie and Corrie Hall of Great Britain who won silver.

The Polish pairing of Iwona Podkoscielna and Aleksandra Teclaw took the bronze in the 31km race against the clock.

It's a first world title for the Irish tandem, who are Paralympic time trial champions having also won silver in the road race in Rio last year.

Earlier this morning Colin Lynch finished fifth in the MC2 Time Trial.

"It was really, really tight; a fight to the line," Dunlevy said afterwards. 

"The course was quite up and down, so it wasn’t one that really suited us, but in that fourth lap our strength and endurance really paid off. It was our endurance that brought us to the line!"

McCrystal added: "After Rio, we immediately decided we wanted the stripes this year.

"In the World Cups in the run in this year we were winning by 40-50 seconds, but we knew it would be tighter today, and it was a matter of pulling together.

"After the first lap, we were ten seconds down, and going into the last lap we were five seconds up. But at the turn around point, with 3.5km to go, we were three seconds down again! 

"We are long enough together on the bike to know not to panic, so we held our heads."