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Lotto Belisol Ladies: Bronze medal for Jolien D’hoore in the omnium at the European Championship

Jolien D’hoore has won bronze in the omnium at the European Championship track racing in Apeldoorn. She finished with a total of eighteen points, three more than the numbers one and two. The fourth in the classification, the Française Laurie Berthon, followed at twenty points of D’hoore. The gold was for the British Laura Trott, the Dutchwoman Kirsten Wild had to be satisfied with the second place. Considering the same amount of points it were the times in the time trial numbers that decided about the victory.

Saturday Jolien D’hoore was the best in two parts, the points race and elimination. She became fifth in the flying lap and at the end of the day she was second in GC. Yesterday the 23-year-old Flemish rider got the fourth place in the individual pursuit and stood third in the classification. Then she finished second in the scratch and fifth in the time trial of 500 meters.

Friday Jolien D’hoore had become fourth with the Belgian squad in the team pursuit. She rode together with Evelyn Arys, Else Belmans and Kelly Druyts.

Jolien D’hoore: “I’m very happy with my bronze medal. In the past I already won some medals on a European Championship, but this is the most important to me because it’s my first at the elite. Also the fact that it is in the omnium makes it special. It’s a race over two days and that doesn’t lie. When I took off to Apeldoorn I thought about top five, but didn’t think podium was possible. The points race, elimination and scratch all went perfect for me. The time numbers, so the flying lap, the pursuit and the 500 meters can be better. I hadn’t trained for it specifically, so that could be expected.”

“I have definitely put a step forward in comparison to last year. I could mingle in the battle with Olympian champion Laura Trott and Kirsten Wild. With the three of us we had a big advantage on the rest of the field. The next goal is the World Cup in Manchester in two weeks. The competition is bigger there, but I aim for top five again, everything higher than place five would be great. The fourth place with the team pursuit wasn’t expected. We can definitely make progress and would like to go to the Olympics in Rio.”

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