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Spectacular battles on final day EC Track Cycling
Three days of top level cycling have ended. The European Championships Track Cycling resulted in several highlights with expected champions and stars-to-be: also on the final day of the event that calls Omnisport in Apeldoorn its home.
One of the biggest stars of these European Championship was also one of the youngest athletes on the start list of 269 riders. Dutch rider Elis Ligtlee (19) exceeded all expectations by winning gold and silver on the speed events.
Keirin is a tactical game where Ligtlee used her tremendous power to its best. She succeeded in beating the big favourite Kristina Vogel in the final. Bronze was for Virginie Cueff of France. “Incredible that I can already do things like this. And that I can do that two days in a row, or actually three because on Friday I already was here for the teamsprint,” the tired but happy champion said.
The fight for gold was thrilling untill the final second in the women’s omnium. After the first day of the event it was clear that three riders were going to ride for the medals: Kirsten Wild, Laura Trott and Jolien d’Hoore. The trio put on quite a cycling show. Wild started the second day as leader in the overall and kept her lead untill the final event but the 500 meters time trial is traditionally a difficult discipline for the Dutch rider.
Wild clocked the seventh time while Trott came in second. This result took the jury a while to process because Wild and Trott were now even on points. Trott came out on top after the countback of the timed events. Flemish rider D’Hoore took the bronze medal.