Kirsten goes Wild at Apeldoorn UCI Track Cycling World Championships
01 March 2018
Netherlands’ home hero Kirsten Wild enjoyed a golden start to the UCI Track Cycling World Championships as Six Day Series riders tore up the track on the first day in Apeldoorn.
The Dutchwoman took the title in a field littered with Six Day superstardom, including Danish rider Amalie Dideriksen in third and Six Day London champion Katie Archibald – a ten-time European champion – who finished in sixth.
Wild, who came eighth in the women’s general classification at Six Day London, took her second world title in the scratch race three years after her first and was forced to work for it as she fought off an early attack from fellow London rider Ireland’s Lydia Gurley.
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Germany’s all-conquering sprint duo Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte powered to the team sprint title, replicating their dominant showing at Six Day Berlin from January and taking home a fourth team sprint title as a double-act.
Welte teamed with Pauline Grabosch to qualify fastest before the effervescent Vogel jumped into the saddle to secure a place in the final at the expense of Poland before a fine victory over Kyra Lamberink and Shanne Braspennincx of the Netherlands.
The men’s team sprint saw Six Day stalwart Max Levy team with fellow Six Day Berlin rider Stefan Botticher and 2016’s Six Day London sprint champ Joachim Eilers finish the competition in fifth.
One place back in sixth were our chest-beating, beer-swilling Kiwi duo from London Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell, joined by Sam Webster.
Despite finishing outside of the podium spots in the scratch race, Archibald looks well set in the women’s team pursuit after a British team consisting of Elinor Barker, Emily Nelson and Laura Kenny – the former two having competed in London – qualified second fastest for Thursday’s first round.
The fastest qualifying quartet from the USA also has a Six Day footprint with Berlin rider Kimberly Geist riding fourth, as does the third fastest from Italy with Elisa Balsamo as the lead-out rider.
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