The European Junior and Under-23 Track Championships ended this Sunday with six events, in which Great Britain and Italy were the most prominent, winning two gold medals each.
The final day of competition began with the junior madison races. In the women’s race, the Great Britain team of Carys Lloyd and Isabel Sharp stood out with 29 points, defeating the Belgian duo of Laerke Expeels and Hélène Hesters (25 points) and the German duo of Messane Bräutigam and Seana Littbarski-Gray (23 points). In the men’s race, Matteo Fiorin and Juan David Sierra won gold for Italy with 43 points, the British pair of Matthew Brennan and Ben Wiggins (34 points) took silver and the Belgian pair of Tom Crabbe and Milan Van den Haute (27 points) took bronze.
The under-23 keirin races were next. In the women’s keirin, Clara Schneider (Germany) was fastest ahead of Veronika Jaborníková (Czechia) and Alla Biletska (Ukraine). In the men’s race, Matteo Bianchi (Italy) grabbed the gold, outpacing Konstantinos Livanós (Greece) and Tijmen van Loon (Netherlands).
The day ended again with madison, but for under-23s. Great Britain, with 48 points from duo Madelaine Leech and Sophie Lewis, were again the strongest team in the women’s race, edging out Belgium’s Katrijn de Clercq and Marith Vanhove (19 points) and Spain’s Eva Anguela and Isabella Maria Escalera (12 points). In the men’s event, however, it was Austria who came out on top with 68 points from Raphael Kokas and Maximilian Schmidbauer. The Belgian pair of Gianluca Pollefliet and Noah Vandenbranden (61 points) took silver and the German pair of Benjamin Boos and Tim Torn Teutenberg took bronze.
The European Junior and Under-23 Track Championships, which took place at the Sangalhos National Velodrome in Anadia between Tuesday and Sunday (July 11-16), came to an end. In the overall results, Italy was the main winner of the event, with 14 gold medals, followed by Great Britain (10 gold medals) and Germany (8 gold medals).