Defending champion Kirsten Wild is in the European Championship track cycling in Apeldoorn after three of the four parts first in the rankings of the omnium. Among the men, Jan-Willem van Schip is halfway number three.
Wild took the lead at the omnium on Friday evening by convincingly driving to victory in the waste race, the third part. The 37-year-old Dutchman was fourth on the scratch in the afternoon and seventh in the temporace.
With 102 points, Wild, with only the points race to go, has a lead of four points on the number two, the British Laura Kenny. The Italian Letizia Paternoster is third with 96 points.
The Clara Copponi was in the lead after two parts in the rankings, but the Frenchman fell through an eleventh place in the waste to five (92 points). The Danish Amalie Dideriksen fell after the third part from two to four with 94 points.
finished Friday afternoon behind the British Laura Kenny, the Italian Letizia Peternoster and the fourth on the scratch, the first part of the omnium.
Kirsten Wild is allowed to wear the rainbow jersey in Apeldoorn as the reigning world champion at the omnium. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Wild is on the hunt for eighth European title
Wild is a double world champion (2018 and 2019) and last year's European champion on the omnium. At European Championships she also won silver three times and one time bronze in the competition.
De Zwolse won the seventh European title from her career at the waste rate on Thursday, but that part, just like the scratch - on which she finished seventh on Wednesday - is not Olympic.
The omnium is, just like the head-rate on Sunday. At the European Championship, important points can be earned for Olympic qualification. Wild therefore announced before the tournament that she will not take unnecessary risks.
Van Schip third after two parts
Van Schip started the omnium excellently with the men by writing the scratch to his name. In the temporace the Dutchman finished fifth, making him third after two parts with 72 points, just as much as the Danish number two Lasse Norman Hansen.
The Frenchman Benjamin Thomas is in the lead by a second place on the scratch and a first place in the temporace with 78 points.
The 25-year-old Van Schip picked up gold on the omnium earlier this year at the European Games. Last year he was good for silver at the World Championship in Apeldoorn.
The men also ride a waste race and a point race on Friday evening.
Top five fully comprehensive men after two parts
- 1. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) - 78 points
- 2. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) - 72 points
- 3. Jan-Willem van Schip (Ned) - 72 points
- 4. Oliver Wood (GB) - 66 points
- 5. Albert Torres (Spa) - 62 points