Dutch sprinters show potential at World Cup, Milton

MILTON – The Dutch team that travelled to Canada wasn’t the biggest but the quality of the team surpassed the quantity. The five riders took home six medals at the third UCI Track World Cup of the season in Milton, Canada. The team celebrated two gold medals: Harrie Lavreysen in the keirin event and Jeffrey Hoogland on the sprint.

It was only Harrie Lavreysen’s third World Cup but he managed to win a gold medal yet again. In Pruszkow, Poland he and his team sprint colleagues took home gold. Lavreysen also won the individual sprint event. In Milton he convincingly rode to victory in the keirin final. Lavreysen was particularly happy with his keirin win. “I needed to get some very important UCI points on this event with regards to the World Championships. Hopefully this secures us two start places in Apeldoorn.”

Shanne Braspennincx and Laurine van Riessen stood on the podium to be awarded the silver and bronze sprint medals. Kristina Vogel (Germany) was in a league of her own. On the third and last day of the World Cup, Laurine van Riessen and Hetty van de Wouw came in second in the women’s team sprint. Shanne Braspennincx rode to bronze in the keirin final.

Highlight of the day was Jeffrey Hoogland’s gold sprint medal. It was a result the rider from Nijverdal was happy with. “I am very pleased with this result. I travelled to Canada with one goal in mind and that was to get the best possible result in the sprint tournament. I think we can state that we did pretty well.”

Coach Bill Huck saw a strong Dutch team again. “We showed that the Dutch sprinters have huge potential again. This is a great starting position for the World Championships in the Netherlands. It’s where we want to show what we are capable of and in our upcoming training period we will build towards success on our home track in Apeldoorn.”

Photo: Tim de Boer