2011 Do you remember? Keisse and De Ketele kings of the Madison
The European Championships in Omnisport, Apeldoorn literally went out with a bang as the Belgian team of Iljo Keisse and Kenny de Ketele won the Madison. In the final of a nerve-wrecking race they took a lap and the title. There was a bronze medal for the Dutch team as Kirsten Wild came in third on the omnium.
Keisse had a busy, yet very successful weekend. He secured the win in the Amsterdam Six on Saturday night with his Dutch Quick Step teammate Niki Terpstra. His partner in the EC Madison race, Kenny de Ketele, played a marginal role in that event as well. After barely six hours of sleep the two Flemish riders reported for duty at the qualification race of the Madison. In the afternoon a well-timed attack in the final 20 laps won them a lap and the European blue jersey. Keisse celebrated this by performing a wheelie on the track.
The excitement in the women’s omnium was huge until the final event: the 500 metres time trial. Kirsten Wild and Laura Trott lead the overall after five events. Wild clocked the eighth time and dropped to the third place. ‘It wasn’t a great time trial but I am happy with the result,’ Wild reacted. Trott won the final event and the overall in the omnium.
The British showed their supremacy again on day three of the tournament. Victoria Pendleton became queen of the keirin, beating two French women. Matthew Crampton, one of the least known sprinters of the British team, proved to be unbeatable in the men’s keirin final. There was silver for Greece (Christos Volikakis) and bronze for François Pervis from France. The final overall in the omnium was for Edward Clancy.
The best sprinters The Netherlands had to offer were falling short in the keirin tournament. Team captain Teun Mulder was not the man he was during the Worlds in March of this year when he won a silver and a bronze medal on his home track. This time he only rode the small final with the Team Sprint team where the Dutch lost against Poland. Hugo Haak and Willy Kanis advanced to the second round of the keirin and came in eight and ninth, respectively.
Event director Martin de Kok was happy about the amount of spectators in Omnisport. About 7,000 people visited the three-day event. ‘We understood beforehand that it would be hard to match the amounts of visitors we had in March. World Championships are a bigger event and appeal more to the fans. I am happy though that even though the weather was really beautiful, a lot of people found their way to Omnisport in Apeldoorn.’
Photo: Gert Bonestroo - www.geebeefoto.nl