Italy was once again the standout nation on day three of the European Junior and U23 Track Championships, winning three gold medals and a total of seven medals if silver and bronze are included. The Italians did not stop there and also set a new world record, again.

The day got off to the best start for Italy in the junior men’s individual pursuit qualifications. Shortly after Mathew Brennan (Great Britain) surpassed the record held by Canadian Carson Mattern with 3’09″572, Italian Luca Giaimi was even better and set a new World record with 3’08″485 and an average of 57.298 km/h. An impressive mark… which he topped again in the final. The Italian cyclist won gold and established a new world record: 3’07″596 and an average of 57.570 km/h. Silver and bronze went to Britain’s Mathew Brennan and Ben Wiggins respectively.

This, however, was only the third gold medal of the day for Italy. The first one came in the first race, kilometer time trial, where Matteo Bianchi secured the first place with 1’00″283 and an average of 59.718 km/h, followed by Willy Leonhard Weinrich (Germany), with 1’00″824, and Daan Kool (Netherlands), with 1’01″023. And the second race’s gold was also taken by Italy, with Federica Venturelli winning the women’s junior individual pursuit ahead of Hélène Hesters (Belgium) and Alice Toniolli (Italy).

The Italian dominance was only interrupted by Great Britain, the second nation with the most medals on day three, with a total of five. The Brits excelled in the under-23 team pursuit, finishing ahead of France and Italy in the women’s race and ahead of Italy and Belgium in the men’s race. The final medal of the day went to Karolina Keliukh (Ukraine), who outpaced Marie Louisa Drouode (France) and Viorica Georgette Rand (Great Britain), second and third, respectively, in the junior women’s individual speed event.

This Friday, the National Velodrome of Sangalhos, in Anadia, will host the fourth day of the European Junior and U23 Track Championships. The program starts at 11am and is expected to finish around 9pm (pause between 1:37pm and 3pm), with emphasis on the finals of the junior women’s time trial, the under-23 points races, the junior omnium, and individual speed, both in junior men and women under-23.


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