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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.

The second day of the European Track Cycling Championships in Omnisport Apeldoorn was all about sprinting. In both the women’s and men’s category there was spectacle and host country the Netherlands won another medal.

`A better start to the tournament was hardly possible. Gold for Kirsten Wild at the point’s race and bronze for the men’s team pursuit.

The most exciting race of the first day was without a doubt the points race for women. Dutch rider Kirsten Wild took the gold medal by beating her main rivals Dani King and Leire Olaberria in the final sprint of the night. Wild took her first big prize of her track career. In 2011 she made her debut with a third place at the World Omnium Championships.

4) Individual pursuit: a four kilometres long race for men and three kilometres for women. A race between two riders who are selected based on their position in the overall after the elimination race.

On Thursday evening, top athlete Eelco Sintnicolaas has officially opened the European Championships Track Cycling. He originates from Apeldoorn and came in fifth at the Olympic decathlon in London last year. Sintnicolaas opened the EC by firing a starting gun after a two and a half hours during opening program with entertainment and sports. The EC at the Omnisport velodrome starts Friday 1pm and ends Sunday evening.

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The omnium consists of six events which are held over two days. The events are:

Team pursuit
In the team pursuit two teams start at opposite sides of the velodrome. The men and woman ride four kilometres (16 laps). The fastest four teams qualify for the medal races. The fastest qualifying team races against the second-fastest qualifying team for the gold and silver medals. The numbers three and four compete for the bronze medal.