2013 UEC European Track Championships
Location: Omnisport Arena, Apeldoorn
Event: 18 -20 October 2013
Report: Simon Powers
Image courtesy of Libéma Profcycling BV
Great Britain's Laura Trott won her second gold medal, this time in the omnium, at the European Track Championships in the Netherlands.
The 21-year-old Olympic Podium Programme rider was trailing in third place after day one but managed to displace the leader after a solid ride in the final event, the 500m time trial.
At the conclusion of the six events, Trott was tied for the lead on 15 points with previous day’s leader Kristin Wilde of the Netherlands but after the sum of all trial times was calculated, Trott beat her competitor by just under four tenths of a second earning her a gold medal and yet another European title.
Shortly after the conclusion of the event, Trott tweeted: A bit of a battle to say the least with @kirsten_wild who is on fire!! Super happy to win Gold even if it was only by 0.4 of a second!!!”
Sam Harrison placed fifth overall in the men’s event after finishing off the two days of racing with a win in the final event, the kilometre time trial with an impressive time of 01:03.710.
In the men’s madison, Jon Dibben and Owain Doull placed in 13th spot at the conclusion of the 200 laps.
Jason Kenny made it all the way through to the major final of the men’s keirin. At the conclusion of the eight lap race, Kenny just missed out to Max Levy of Germany in the dash for the line and had to settle for silver. Matt Crampton found himself in the 7-12 place final and eventually settled for eighth place behind Stefan Botticher of Germany.
In the women’s discipline, both of Great Britain’s representatives qualified through their heats into the second round but both Becky James and Vicky Williamson found themselves fighting for seventh place after both missing out on a place in the major final. At the conclusion of the event James won her final thus placing seventh overall with Williamson placing an eventual ninth.