It’s not just Italy that is talked about in these UEC Track Juniores and U23 European Championships, but it remains the team that wins the most. The “azzurra” team continues to add good results (three more gold medals and there are already 13 in all), after almost complete dominance on Saturday, this time it “shared” some of the spotlight.
This sunday even started better for Germany, the second most winning nation in these European Championships (seven gold medals). In the women’s junior 500 meters time trial, the champion was Clara Schneider, with a time of 34.918 seconds, with compatriot Lara-Sophie Jäger winning the bronze medal (36.127). The silver went to the belgian Julie Nicolaes (35,177).
In the men’s sprint – and here began another winning streak in Italy – Mattia Predomo was clearly superior to pole Marcin Marciniak in the final, with Germany’s Danny-Luca Werner beating czech Matej Hytych in the fight for third place.
In the women’s omnium, Federica Venturelli won the title despite a less successful last event (the points race, 15th). However, the italian’s performances in the scratch (first place), in the tempo race (second) and in the elimination (first), were decisive to win the gold medal. She finished with 147 points, with Doriane Kaufmann (France) having 113 and britain’s Grace Lister 107.
In the under-23 category, Silvia Zanardi won another European title for the italian team. In the points race – marked by a crash that involved many athletes – from the moment Zanardi managed to make a lead lap, together with the Dutch Daniek Hengeveld, the italian cyclist was very competent in controlling her advantage, despite the Hengeveld’s attempts to overtake the rival in the sprints that followed. Both would end up taking another lap ahead of the pack and thus asserting themselves as the two best in the race.
In the final sprint of this race, Frenchwoman Kristina Nenadovic secured the bronze medal, finishing with 38 points, against Hengeveld’s 57 and Zanardi’s 63.
In the women’s individual sprint, Alessa-Catriona Pröpster, from Germany, won the European title, with the French Julie Michaux and Taky Marie Divine Kouame occupying the remaining places on the podium, with the latter being stronger than the Ukrainian Oleksandra Lohviniuk in the dispute. of the bronze medallion.
Returning to the junior level and to finish the fourth day of competition, Elmar Abma managed to give the first European title of these championships to the Netherlands. In a highly disputed omnium event in this junior category, after the scratch, tempo race, elimination and race for points – disciplines that make up the omnium -, the Dutchman added 116 points, against the 107 of the British Noah Hobbs and the Ukrainian Daniil Yakovlev 102 .
The under-23 points race had the results suspended. The judges are reviewing the race.