Observe biking. Put together for the Olympics, however not solely.
From Wednesday to Sunday, the observe biking world championships will happen in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines close to Paris. For the 9 members of the Swiss delegation, it’s above all a query of taming the Olympic observe of 2024.
Swiss Biking additionally intends to put the foundations for the European Championships which is able to happen subsequent February in Granges. That is additionally the place the beginning of the qualification for the Olympic Video games might be given.
We’re ready for a outcome from the lads’s quartet on the French velodrome. On the European Championships in Roubaix final 12 months, the 4 males from Swiss Biking completed in a strong fifth place.
Fourth within the particular person pursuit, Claudio Imhof secured the very best Swiss outcome. In 2016, the Thurgovian was the final Swiss to win a medal on the world championships, with bronze on the scratch. The 32-year-old staff veteran is tackling his eleventh world championships.
Simon Vitzthum additionally has a great probability of getting a top-notch outcome. Final weekend, throughout a contest in Aigle, the Saint-Gallois beat his greatest outcome within the particular person pursuit by 4 seconds. Along with his 4’10”902 over 4000 meters, he remained solely a great three seconds from the Swiss document held by Imhof and established in the course of the 2021 world championships.
In contrast to the lads, the Swiss ladies won’t take part within the staff pursuit at these world championships. The feminine quartet challenge, created solely final 12 months, remains to be younger and the hole with the world elite remains to be too nice.
Because of this Swiss Biking and nationwide coach Mickaël Bouget have determined to affix forces and deal with particular person disciplines. With a view to a profitable Olympic qualification for Paris 2024 or Los Angeles 2028, it will be fascinating to have a larger range (of six or seven athletes on the observe). However for that, it will take different ladies who’re altering paths.
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