The Germans and Dutch collected the world titles on the opening day but on the second day four different nations took the four world titles on offer in Apeldoorn. The British men won the team pursuit and the American anthem sounded for the American women’s team pursuit. Belorussian Yauheni Karaliok won the scratch and Colombian sprinter Fabian Hernando Puertas took home the gold medal in the keirin event.
Karaliok managed to take a lap in the scratch with Italian Michele Scartezzini (silver) and Australian Callum Scotson (bronze) early on in the race. The Belorussian rider gets to wear the rainbow jersey for a year.
Fabian Hernando Puertas conquered the keirin world title ahead of Tomoyuki Kawabata from Japan and Maximilian Levy from Germany. Levy battled with Matthijs Büchli for gold but had to settle for bronze.
Team sprint winner Büchli was left with nothing but accepted the outcome of the race. “It was a hard keirin final. There were six very strong riders at the start and you all fight for the win. The sprint was a little bit too long for me but I had reached the point of no return. That’s keirin.”
The women’s and men’s team pursuit teams had done their qualification rounds on Wednesday and rode the finals on Thursday. The British and Danish men rode against each other in the final for gold. After a fast opening, the British team closed the gap and build up a solid lead. The Italians beat the Germans for the bronze.
The experienced Ed Clancy returned to the team pursuit last winter and led his fellow countrymen Emadi, Tanfield and Hayter to gold. “We were here with some young riders but it’s unbelievable to see how fast we went. It’s really great that we managed to win the gold with this team.”
In the women’s team pursuit the United States of America were impressive. They beat Great Britain in the final. Valente, Dygert, Geist and Catlin received a new rainbow jersey. It was the first world title for Team USA in Apeldoorn. The Italian women won the final for bronze.
The home crowd watched Shanne Braspennincx and Laurine van Riessen reach the quarter finals in the sprint event. They didn’t manage to reach the semi finals which will be held on Friday.
Scratch world champion Kirsten Wild will be back on the boards on Friday for the women’s omnium. The men ride the points race and individual pursuit.
Video: Ewout Sinkeldam