2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships: the Netherlands make their mark
Feb 27, 2020, 08:17 AM
The first of five days of action at the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot at the velodrome in Berlin saw gold medals go to the Netherlands and Germany, and two world records each for Denmark and the Netherlands.
The 37-year-old Dutch rider held position to reclaim the title she lost to Elinor Barker in Poland last year.
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The USA’s Jennifer Valente took silver and a delighted 20-year-old Maria Martins of Portugal – proving that she is one to watch – earned the bronze.
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In the gold final, hosts Germany – Emma Hinze, Pauline Sophie Grabosch and Lea Sophie Friedrich, who each raced throughout the rounds – upset the favourites, but delighted the home crowd, negating Australia's early lead to win by 0.2sec in 32.163sec.
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In the first round of the men's team sprint the Netherlands set a huge world record time of 41.275, taking almost 0.6sec off the former mark made by Germany at altitude in 2013. Even switching out their squad members, the men in orange looked unbeatable.
In the bronze final the Australian trio was organised and strong to beat France.
The Netherlands led Great Britain all the way in the gold final, unleashing the mighty Jeffrey Hoogland for the final lap to win in a time of 41.225sec,improving on the world mark they had set barely an hour earlier.
At 42.4sec Britain were quicker than anyone else at the Championships, but even so were clearly second best.