The Dutch national anthem, the ‘Wilhelmus’, sounded twice on the opening night of the Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn. Germany won the remaining gold medal.
By winning the scratch, Kirsten Wild took home the first world title of the tournament. The German team of Pauline Grabosch, Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel were the fastest in the team sprint event. And for the second time on Wednesday evening the Dutch team consisting of Nils van ‘t Hoenderdaal, Jeffrey Hoogland, Matthijs Büchli and Harrie Lavreysen wowed the home crowd by taking the gold medal in the team sprint.
Kirsten Wild didn’t wait for the sprint in the scratch but countered an attack by Katie Archibald. She then left the British rider behind and continued to win the gold medal. Jolien d’Hoore (Belgium) and Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) joined Wild on the podium.
Wild naturally was very happy with the win. “It is very special to start the World Championships with a victory like this. I tried to keep calm at the beginning of the race because I knew the competition would be watching me on my home track. I would not be tempted to try something. When Katie Archibald went, I knew I had to react. She was one of the riders I had in mind. There is always the risk to be left empty-handed but it worked out wonderfully.” Wild will also ride the omnium, points race and madison in Apeldoorn.
Kristina Vogel was happy and emotional after her win in the team sprint. “It was special for me to be watching the first round trackside. It made me a little anxious but I could save energy for the final because Pauline (Grabosch) rode. It turned out to be the right choice. We missed out on the rainbow jersey for a couple of years but now we are on top again. It’s a wonderful start to the World Championships. The German sprint team now has a gold medal and rainbow jersey and the tournament can only get better from now on. The pressure was on the Dutch team in front of their home crowd. The crowd really backed the home team but we have the gold medal.”
The German team beat the Dutch sprinters Kyra Lamberink, Shanne Braspennincx, Laurine van Riessen and Hetty van de Wouw. Russia took the bronze medal.
In the men’s team sprint, Jeffrey Hoogland happily showed his rainbow stripes. The Netherlands proved to be the fastest in the final against the British team. France took home the bronze medal.
“It’s very special to win my first world title in front of the home crowd. I have been part of this since 2013 and now it’s finally gold,” Hoogland said.
Matthijs Büchli was a happy man as well. “We have been close for a long time. Nils van ‘t Hoenderdaal really made the difference with his super fast start. Harrie Lavreysen is a stable force in the team and then Jeffrey and I could finish it off. What an amazing start to our World Championships!”