Cycling World ChampionshipsShanne Braspennincx and Steffie van der Peet reached the final in the keirin section of the Track Cycling World Championships in France.
Olympic champion Braspennincx was the fastest in her campaign. Van der Peet finished second in another semi-final behind Japan’s Mina Sato, No. 2 last year. German defending champion Lea-Sofie Friedrichshain also reached the final where she finished second behind Braspinincks. In Kirin, five or six runners enter the track and set off for the win after six laps.
Fifth place for the Netherlands in the coupe race
Yuri Havic and Jan Willem van Schep finished fifth in torque at the Track Cycling World Championships in France. After doubling the pack, the orange duo was out front halfway until the French passed.
Before the last race, it was already clear that Donovan Gronden and Benjamin Thomas would give the home country the title, and four nations shared second place at the time. The Brits won the final two-point race and finished second. Bronze went to the Belgians.
In the pairing race, two alternate riders will complete a total of 200 laps. There is a sprint for points every ten rounds. Doubling a peloton yields an additional 20 points.
Grab Hengeveld alongside honorary metal in the points race
Danic Hengfield finished fifth in the points race at the World Cup in France. This was the third appearance on the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines track for the 19-year-old single rider from Nootdorp. She previously ranked 9th in the solo pursuit and 5th in the team pursuit with her teammates.
The title went to Britain’s Neh Evans, who came with 60 points. The Danish Julie Leith (53 points) came in second place. American Jennifer Valenti, the world champion in aluminum sprints, won the bronze with 51 points. Hengfield had 46 games while Belgian defender Lotte Kubicki finished fourth. In the points race, the women lead a hundred laps. There is a sprint for points every ten rounds.
Hengeveld called her participation in the points race a “bonus”, after chasing her with the team (twice) and individually in the previous days. “I am happy with the opportunity. I felt a little pressured and thought: I’m going to do something. It was a bit of a play.”
Towards the Olympics in Paris, in more than a year and a half on the same track, the team’s pursuit in particular is an ambitious project. “The podium is going to be absolutely fantastic, we were here seven seconds faster than ever.” On the road, Hengeveld will lead the DSM team next year.
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