Five medals for Flemish cyclists at track world championships
Belgium brought home five medals from the UCI Track Cycling World Championship, including a gold in the women’s madison
Kopecky and D’Hoore cement number one status
Flemish duo Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’Hoore pipped the UK favourites to claim the madison crown, in a crash-strewn race of the two-person event over 120 laps. They added to their European title, establishing themselves as the dominant pair in this event.
Elsewhere at the event, Flemish cyclist Kenny De Ketele won silver in the men’s points race, and D’Hoore added to her medal haul with a bronze in the scratch. De Ketele won his second when he and Moreno De Pauw won bronze in the men’s madison. Rising star Nicky Degrendele of West Flanders won the bronze in the women’s keirin.
In related news, Tour of Flanders champion Philippe Gilbert is out for the rest of the season after injuring his kidney winning the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Belgian cyclist was set to take part in both the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège classics in the Ardennes, but his crash in the Amstel race was too serious to continue.
Despite the crash, he won Amstel for the fourth time with a sprint finish against former world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland.
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