2011 Do you remember? Sireau and Shulika take sprint titles
The British supremacy on the European Track Cycling Championships didn’t continue on day two of the tournament. Partly because Chris Hoy withdrew due to a chest infection, the final of the most prestigious event, the men’s sprint, was a rendezvous between the Frenchman Kevin Sireau and the German Maximilian Levy. Sireau won the gold medal in two heats. In the women’s competition Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) beat Olga Panarina from Belarus.
Yet again, there was no reason to be satisfied for the Dutch team. Out of the four sprinters that started the competition, only Teun Mulder made it to the 1/8 finals. He stranded in the quarter finals where Kevin Sireau beat him. Willy Kanis, Yvonne Hijgenaar and Roy van den Berg were eliminated in the first round.
Kirsten Wild was the only Dutch rider to do well. Wild, who won the bronze medal at the World Championships in March, is now fourth in the omnium after three events. Leire Olaberria from Spain leads the multi-discipline event of the European Championships. On the final day Kirsten Wild and the other riders face another three events: the scratch race, the individual pursuit and the 500 meters time trial.
Jenning Huizenga who was the last-minute replacement of Tim Veldt, is riding anonymously in the men’s omnium. The Italian Elia Viviani leads after three events.
There are still five European titles at stake on Sunday: the keirin for men and women, the omnium for men and women and the Madison race for men over 50 kilometres. ‘I think The Netherlands should at least win one medal since we are the host country, ‘event director Martin de Kok judged. ‘In March the Dutch riders took quite a few medals. I know you can’t order medals but with a bit of luck I still see some opportunities for our riders.
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