Day 2 of the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, saw four nations win the four titles on offer.
Both the women’s and men’s Team Pursuit titles were awarded, with Great Britain winning the men’s ahead of Denmark, while Italy took the bronze over Germany.
Ed Clancy, a member of Great Britain’s 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medal teams, commented, “I’m just happy to still be here. At thirty-three years old in a couple weeks time, riding around with Ethan [Hayter] and Charlie [Tanfield] at nineteen, twenty years old … I love it more and more every year that goes by. It is still so special to me. I still love it. I still have massive passion. When we get it right and win, nothing feels this good.”
In the women’s competition, the United States repeated as world champions for the third consecutive year, beating Olympic champions Great Britain. In the bronze medal race, Italy beat Canada.
“We executed our own plan and didn’t worry about the other team and did our best,” said U.S. team anchor Chloe Dygart. “That worked out. Winning is always rewarding, [and] after getting second at the Olympics it’s nice to get a win here. Our country has a big focus on our program and we have a bunch of committed young women. However, even with the win today, our goal is still looking ahead a Tokyo. That’s what we are focussed on.”
Belarus took their first title of these championships in the men’s Scratch Race with a strong ride by Yauheni Karaliok. Karaliok lapped the field along with Michele Scartezzini of Italy and Callum Scotson of Australia. With the rest of the field a lap down the medals were decided, but Karaliok proved to be the strongest of the three in the final bunch sprint, with Scartezzini just beating Scotson for silver.
The final title of the evening was awarded in the men’s Keirin, with Fabian Hernando Puertas Zapata moving up from last year’s silver. In the final, he powered over the top of the bunch to take the lead in the final turn. Tomoyuki Kawabata of Japan won silver and Maximillian Levy of Germany took bronze.