Germany hosts and dominates #EuroTrack17
The 2017 edition of the Elite Track European Championships in Berlin, Germany, saw the host country dominate the medal table with 5 gold medals, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes, ahead of France who won 8 medals (5, 1 and 2) and Great Britain with three golds and a silver.
264 riders competed in the event from 29 countries, record figures in terms of the level of participation at this continental event which began in 2010.
On a technical level, Germany dominated the Women’s Sprint races thanks to the success of the 2012 London Olympic champions and multiple world champions, Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel who, along with the new German Track star, Pauline Grabosch, climbed on the podium at each race winning the gold in Keirin and Kristina Vogel in the Sprint, Miriam Welte took the 500 metres silver in the Team Sprint and Pauline Grabosch in the 500 metres.
Also in the Women’s category, fantastic performance by the Dane, Trine Schmidt, gold in the Points and Scratch races, the British rider, Katie Archibald triumphed in the Individual Pursuit and Omnium meanwhile the four Italians won the title of Team Sprint.
In the Men’s races, France won five gold medals: Team Pursuit, Team Sprint, Sprint (Sébastien Vigier), Scratch (Adrien Garel) and Madison (Maitre and Thomas).
The Individual Pursuit race was particularly exciting. In the final for the gold medal, after a very shaky start, the Italian former world champion, Filippo Ganna went on to beat the Portuguese rider, Ivo Oliveira.
In the Sprints, the Dutchman, Jeffrey Hoogland won in the kilometre standing start, the German, Maximilian Levy in Keirin, France in the Team Sprint and Sébastien Vigier in the Sprint.
The next edition of the Elite European Track Championships will be held in Glasgow from 2 to 7 August 2018 as part of the first multisport European Championships.
Cycling will feature over 10 days of the European Championships. The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will reprise its role from the 2014 Commonwealth Games and host the track cycling events while an Olympic standard BMX track will be built in the Knightswood area of the city.
The Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails and the streets of the city of Glasgow itself provide the venues for the mountain bike and road cycling disciplines.
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