On the second day of the World Cup in Minsk, BEAT won the team sprint final against Poland. After silver in Manchester in November, this was the first gold medal for BEAT at a World Cup team sprint.
The tournament started on Friday with a qualification heat. With a time of 43,850 seconds, BEAT already was the fastest team. On Saturday, two more heats were raced - a first round and the final. In the red, white and blue, the riders in the finals beat the Polish national team by 0.719 seconds.
Theo Bos was especially satisfied with the win, because it gives him confidence towards the world championships in Apeldoorn: "Everything felt very good. We started this morning with a time of 43.5 seconds, which was even faster than yesterday. The final went very well too. After a very quick start from Roy (van den Berg) and Matthijs (Büchli), I was still able to ride a strong last lap. I feel very good, and that applies to the entire team.
"For now it is important to take a step back to the world championships, since we've been training and racing hard since the Dutch national championships (at the end of December). We have six more weeks before the world championships start. We can use these results to train and prepare for the Worlds perfectly."
Photo: Guy Swarbrick
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