The Dutch track cyclists immediately took two gold medals on the first day of the World Cup in Berlin. The team sprinters did that in a world record, while Kirsten Wild took the title on the scratch.
Roy van den Berg, Harrie Lavreysen and Jeffrey Hoogland drove to a time of 41.225 in the final and thus went under the world record for the second time. In the first round, the team clocked a time of 41.275, making them more than half a second faster than the old top time.
Great Britain finished second behind due to a backlog, while Australia was too strong for France in the battle for bronze.
It is their third world title in a row for the Dutch team sprinters, after the global title was also taken in 2018 and 2019. The formation has been undefeated for two years and therefore the absolute top favorite for gold in Tokyo.
For the men there was more at stake than the world title. The team is already certain of participating in the Games, but the content is still being battled. Lavreysen was already certain of a place in the team for the Games, while Hoogland may claim a place for himself with his performance in Berlin.
The position of starter (Van den Berg or Nils van 't Hoenderdaal, who is absent in Berlin) will be decided at a test moment in June.
Kirsten Wild grabbed her seventh world title in Berlin. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Third title Wild on scratch
Wild left the American Jennifer Valente (second) and the Portuguese Maria Martins (third) on the scratch after forty rounds. The British Laura Kenny just finished next to the podium.
Last year the sprint star had to leave the title to the British Elinor Barker, but she took revenge for that defeat on Wednesday. Wild started with two rounds to go and held on until the finish.
For Wild it is her seventh world title in total. Last year she won the head and omnium, while a year earlier she won the omnium and the points race in addition to the scratch. In 2015, she took her first world title on scratch.
The scratch for women was the first part that won prizes.
Kyra Lamberink and Steffie van der Peet did not participate in the medals. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Lamberink and Van der Peet sixth
Kyra Lamberink and Steffie van der Peet finished sixth with the women. They did not match China in the first round, which settled Russia in the battle for bronze. Germany grabbed the world title by beating Australia in the final.
The two Dutch women qualified for the first lap earlier in the seventh fastest time.
Lamberink and Van der Peet do not in principle have to count on participating in the Games, because only a limited number of riders can start in Tokyo. The Dutch team bets on Shanne Braspennincx and Laurine van Riessen, who must ensure individual success.