Apeldoorn (AP) - With a bronze medal for the Madison duo Theo Reinhardt and Maximilian Beyer, the Federation of German cyclists has finished the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn.
The two Berliners had after only 200 laps with 37 points beaten only the Danish duo Lasse Norman Hansen / Michael Morkov (52) and the Dutchman Jan-Willem van Schip / Yoeri Havik (37).
Lea Sophie Friedrich from Dassow had previously just missed her fourth European Championship medal in fourth place in the 500-meter time trial. The 19-year-old European debutant was with three times precious metal (Silver Keirin, Team Sprint, Bronze Sprint) the most successful German medal collector. "My medal record is outstanding. That's what I dreamed and wished for, "said Friedrich.
With one gold, five silver and three bronze medals, the BDR remained at the start of the season with the highlights of home World Cup in Berlin (26 February to 1 March) and the Olympic Games in Tokyo behind the 2018 European Championship record in Glasgow (3/4/4) back. However, Keirin defending champion Stefan Bötticher (Chemnitz) and Madison World Champion Roger Kluge (Berlin) lacked two top performers. In addition, had just before the European Championships Olympic gold medalist Miriam Welte (Kaiserslautern) announced their resignation.
Unmistakable in Apeldoorn was the continuing upswing in the pursuit disciplines of women and men. In Franziska Brauße from Öschelbronn the BDR again represents the European champion over 3,000 meters. Defending champion Lisa Brennauer (Durach) took second place. Domenic Weinstein (2./Villingen) and Felix Groß (3./Leipzig) drove over four kilometers also on the podium. Both teams of pursuers scored points in the Olympic qualifier and set German records.
Weaknesses of the German team were in Apeldoorn for many years spoiled by success Sprinter, with the return of Maximilian Levy from Cottbus and fourth place in the team sprint could at least mitigate damage. "In the sprint and also in the keirin, we have lost the connection at the very front," conceded national coach Detlef Uibel. In the mass start disciplines for men and women, the bronze medal for Reinhardt / Beyer then provided for a conciliatory conclusion.