Clara Copponi becomes European scratch champion, French team continues to collect medals

Clara Copponi’s tears testify to her performance as she receives her medal on Thursday, January 11. The French woman won the gold medal in the scratch race, a 10-kilometer group race, allowing the French delegation to win its first coronation at the European track cycling championships, which will be held in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) until January 14.

On the eve of celebrating her 25th birthday on January 12, the young woman gave herself a big gift by winning the first international title of her career. “Everything I’ve experienced in the last few months is incredible. “I hope I’m closing the worst period of my life.”Aixoise declared without saying anything further.

Earlier in the evening, 2022 European one kilometer time trial champion Melvin Landerneau finished third in his specialty event. It is a great pleasure for the Martinique native, whose 2023 season was disrupted by a knee injury. “I came here a little tired after a heavy workload. But I knew this and this medal is a really great reward.”he told Agence France-Presse (AFP). Although the mileage is not part of the Olympic events, it is an encouraging bronze medal for the future.

On this second day of the competition, the duo of Thomas Boudat and Donavan Grondin achieved a new podium in the American race, where teams of two runners compete in intermediate sprints. They finished second behind Germany’s Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt. This pair had already beaten the Tricolores team at the 2022 European Championships, but the French duo will not be able to join the team in August during the Olympic Games, one of two promised places. multiple world champion Benjamin Thomas.

Fourth in medal ranking

At the opening of the European Championships on Wednesday, the trio of Sébastien Vigier, Rayan Helal and Florian Gregbo opened the medal row for the French team, ranked second behind the Netherlands in terms of team pace. “Given the health problems I had last week, it is a reassuring medal as well as a good time.”analyzed Sébastien Vigier with AFP. Halfway through the competition, France is in fourth place in the country rankings, behind Italy, Germany and Great Britain.

Friday, January 12, Mathilde Gros, 2022 world champion We will try to win the European championship in the speed event. He fell ill last week and withdrew from the French championships, but he claims to have found his form. However, he could not prevent the Blues from being eliminated from the team qualifiers on Wednesday. Individually, Lensoise booked his place in the semi-finals after defeating Poland’s Nikola Sibiak.

The men’s grazing and individual pursuit finals will also take place on this third day of the competition. On the women’s side, we will learn the results of the Omnium events (individual competition divided into four specialties) as well as the speed competitions.

World with AFP

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