French cyclist Sébastien Vigier was crowned European speed champion, the queen discipline of sprinting, on Sunday in Munich. The 25-year-old sprinter dominated in the third round of the final the Briton Jack Carlin, bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics a year ago. In the absence of the king of the discipline, the Dutch Harrie Lavreysen, Olympic champion in Tokyo, and his compatriot Jeffrey Hoogland, silver medalist in Japan, Jack Carlin was the man to beat in Bavaria.
Second European title
Even if, in the final, the protege of Jason Kenny still bore the scars of his fall at full speed in the previous round against the Frenchman Rayan Helal, bronze medalist and present for the first time on the podium of a major championship. For Vigier, it is the second European title after Berlin in 2017 and the second medal of his week after the silver in speed by the teams behind the trio “Oranje” composed in particular of Lavreysen and Hoogland.
The two Dutch masters of the discipline, who monopolize the first two places on the international podiums, have overlooked the individual.
full of confidence
The ephemeral velodrome track, shorter than usual (200 meters against 250 meters), presented an accumulated risk of falling, revealed Lavreysen, eager to protect himself two months from the Worlds (October 12-16) in Saint-Quentin -en-Yvelines (France).
The French sprinters now trained by the four-time world champion in the discipline, Grégory Baugé, took the opportunity to build up their confidence before this big deadline at home. This same Saint-Quentin velodrome will host the Olympic events in the under two years.