Britain's Dame Sarah Storey won a 31st Para-cycling world title today ©Getty Images

Dame Sarah Storey earned the 31st World Championships title of her illustrious cycling career today as she won the women’s C5 road race on the final day of the Para-cycling Road World Championships at Maniago in Italy.

The Briton, who has only recently returned to competition less than a year after the birth of second child, Charlie, last October, finished her 68 kilometres event in 1 hour 51min 0sec.

It marked Dame Storey's 31st World Championships title in the sport since she switched from swimming.

Paula Ossa Veloza of Colombia and Storey's compatriot Crystal Lane-Wright took silver and bronze respectively, given the same time as the winner.

Australia's Alistair Donohoe won the 81.6km men's C5 road race in 1:51.20sec, ahead of Ukraine's Yehor Dementyev and Pierpaolo Addesi of Italy, who were both 24sec back.

Italy's Michele Pittacolo took the men's C4 title in 1:52.00 over the same distance in a sprint finish from Russia's Sergei Pudov and Belgium's Louis Clincke, both given the same time.

Dame Sarah Storey, left, and Katie Toft, who both won gold for Britain on the final day of the Para-cycling Road World Championship in Maniago, Italy today ©Twitter
Dame Sarah Storey, left, and Katie Toft, who both won gold for Britain on the final day of the Para-cycling Road World Championship in Maniago, Italy today ©Twitter

The C3 men's title over 68 km went to Belgium's Kris Bosmans, who finished two seconds clear of the chasing group in 1:45.13, with silver and bronze going to Fabio Anobile of Italy and Russia's Sergey Ustinov.

Canada's Tristen Chernove took gold in the 68km C2 men's race, clocking 1:45.30, with silver and bronze medallists Alejandro Perea Aronga of Colombia and Darren Hicks of Australia being given the same time.

Victory in the 68km C1 men's race went to Germany's Pierre Senska, who clocked 1:49.09, the same time as the silver medallist Ricardo Ten Argiles of Spain, with China's Zhangyu Li three seconds behind.

The women's C4 event, over 68km, saw victory for Shawn Morelli of the United States in 1:55.21, with Australia's Hannah Macdougall six seconds back for silver ahead of Jianping Ruan of China, who was 1min 54sec back on the winner.

Anna Beck of Sweden won the women's C3 event, over 54.4km, in 1:37.16, with silver medallist Denise Schindler of Germany and Jamie Whitmore of the United States given the same time.

Japan's Keiko Noguchi won the women's C2 event, also over 54.4km, in 1:37.16, the same time registered by silver and bronze medallists Sini Zeng of China and Daniella Munevar Florez of Colombia.

Katie Toft of Britain took the C1 title, over 40.8km, in 1:21.37 from Australia’s Kaitlyn Schurmann, who clocked 1:31.58.

The men's B road race over 108.8km was won by Spain’s Ignacio Avila Rodriguez and Joan Font Bertoli in 2:18.02.

Silver went to Poland’s Marcin Polak and Michal Ladosz in the same time, while Spain’s Adolfo Bellido Guerrero and Noel Martin Infante took bronze 26 seconds behind.

The women’s B road race, over 81.6km, was won by Ireland’s Katie-George Dunelvy and Eve McCrystal in 2:00.11.

Britain’s Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall took silver in 02:02.35, with bronze going to Poland’s Iwona Podkoscielna and Aleksandra Teclaw in 02:02.39.