2017-18 Tissot UCI Track World Cup Pruszkow
Kristina Vogel proved herself to be a class above the field after taking not one but three titles in the opening TISSOT UCI Track World Cup of the season.
With just four days to go until some of the world’s finest come to Manchester, all eyes were on those competing in Pruszkow, Poland, with riders and nations hoping to get the global season off to a good start.
And with Germany’s Vogel taking victory in both the sprint and keirin, as well as the team sprint, there is arguably no rider in better form than the nine-time world champion.
The first came in the dominant style that many have come to expect from the 26-year-old, overcoming Australia’s Stephanie Morton without needing the third race in the individual sprint.
It was to get even better too, warming up for this weekend in stunning style with victory in the keirin, beating Daria Shmeleva to the line, soon after teaming up with Pauline Grabosch and claiming victory in the team sprint.
Vogel was not the only star to double up however, as Lotte Kopecky – also set to take to the Manchester boards this weekend – stood atop the podium on two separate occasions.
The Belgian has constantly shown herself to be a star on both track and road, now a cut above the field in the points race in Poland.
That wasn’t all though, joining forces with fellow world champion Jolien D’Hoore in the Madison to hold off the late charge from British duo Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson.
But that didn’t stop Barker and Nelson claiming silver – just as they did in the World Championships – putting them in the perfect position as they look forward to competing at the home of British Cycling.
Great Britain sent a limited squad to Pruszkow, but that didn’t stop them taking three medals in all, highlighted by this Madison silver alongside two bronzes.
Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman were among those to stand on the podium, with no better time than now to be registering a personal best in the team sprint, enough to sit in third place.
Neah Evans, Manon Lloyd, Emily Kay and Nelson then added a second medal in the team pursuit with a time of 4:22.230 to beat Germany.
Meanwhile Niklas Larsen will be bidding for a Poland-Manchester double after winning the men’s omnium, while compatriot and Denmark’s only female representative for this weekend, Amalie Dideriksen, was third in the women’s equivalent.
In Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw, Belgium do not have a problem with track cycling talent, but it was Robbe Ghys who starred last weekend – and will be looking to do so once again in just four days’ time.
He usurped Edgar Stepanyan and Roy Pieters to top spot in the scratch race, with a bright future expected for this 20-year-old.