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Wild takes eighth European title from career through gold at omnium

2019-10-18T18:43:20.871Z

Kirsten Wild has extended her European title on the omnium at the European Championship track cycling in Apeldoorn on Friday. Defending champion Jeffrey Hoogland and Harrie Lavreysen compete against each other in the sprint in the final, which means that the Netherlands will win gold and silver in this section anyway.



Kirsten Wild has extended her European title on the omnium at the European Championship track cycling in Apeldoorn on Friday. Defending champion Jeffrey Hoogland and Harrie Lavreysen compete against each other in the sprint in the final, which means that the Netherlands will win gold and silver in this section anyway.

After three parts, 37-year-old Wild was in the lead at the omnium and held out in the closing and very exciting points race. With 116 points she held the British Laura Kenny (114) and the Belarusian Tatsiana Sharakova (112) behind.

The Zwolle seized power by convincingly driving to victory in the race, the third part. Earlier in the day, she finished fourth on the scratch and seventh in the temporace.

It is for Wild her second gold medal this week, because on Thursday she was already the best at the waste rate. In her career, she has now collected eight European titles and seventeen European Championship medals.

Wild is also a double world champion (2018 and 2019) on the omnium. At European Championships, she now won twice gold, three times silver and once bronze on the part, which, unlike the waste rate, is Olympic. At the European Championship you can earn important points for qualifying for the Tokyo Games.

Kirsten Wild was the reigning world champion omnium in the rainbow jersey in Apeldoorn. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Hoogland and Lavreysen again together

The 26-year-old Hoogland and the four-year-younger Lavreysen are in the sprint final of a major tournament for the third time this year. Lavreysen defeated his countryman at the beginning of March at the World Cup in Poland and Highland took revenge at the European Games in Minsk in June.

The sprint final at the European Championship started on Friday at 8 p.m. Hoogland won the first race of the best-of-three series.

Hoogland was twice too strong in the semi-finals for the experienced Russian Denis Dmitriev. Lavreysen only needed two races in his semi-final match against Pool Mateusz Rudyk.

Lavreysen and Hoogland already extended the European title on the team sprint with their teammates Matthijs B├╝chli and Roy van den Berg on Wednesday. Together with the Dutch team, the duo also became world champion in that part in 2018 and 2019.

Hoogland became European sprint champion last year and in 2015. Two years ago he was also good for silver in this part. Lavreysen won bronze at the European Championships in Glasgow last year, so far his only European Championship medal in the sprint.

Harrie Lavreysen (left) and Jeffrey Hoogland in the final of the sprint. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Van Schip third after two parts

Jan-Willem van Schip is on his way to a podium place at the omnium for men, although it is difficult to beat the strong Frenchman Benjamin Thomas in the battle for the gold.

After winning the scratch, Van Schip is in fifth place in the temporace and third in the waste race in second place in the rankings with 108 points. Leader Thomas (first in the temporace, second on the scratch and in the waste race) has 116 points. The Brit Oliver Wood (100 points) is third.

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 close the omnium on Friday evening with a points race.

Top five fully comprehensive men after three parts

  • 1. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) - 116 points
  • 2. Jan-Willem van Schip (Ned) - 108 points
  • 3. Oliver Wood (GB) - 100 points
  • 4. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) - 98 points
  • 5. Elia Viviani (Ita) - 94 points

Source: nunl

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