Two months after the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Elite Track European Championships which will take place at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen (Switzerland) from 5 to 9 October will be especially appreciated by fans due to the fact that no less than eleven Olympic gold medallists will be in the line-up.
The best Track riders on the European scene will be competing in the five days of racing, which is one of the first important meetings after the Games.
Among the 306 registered from 26 countries, will be some of the best Track cyclists, and also on an international level including eleven Tokyo gold medallists: the Germans winners of the Olympic title in the Team Pursuit Franziska Brauße, Lisa Brennauer and Mieke Kröger, the Briton Katie Archibald gold medallist in the Madison, the Italians who dominated the Team Pursuit Francesco Lamon, Simone Consonni and Jonathan Milan, the Dutch Jeffrey Hoogland, Roy van den Berg gold medallist in the Team Sprint and Harrie Lavreysen (Team Sprint and Sprint), as well as Shanne Braspennincx, Keirin Olympic Champion.
Elisa Balsamo (Italy), new Road World Champion and multiple Track Champion, will be one to watch as well as the French Benjamin Thomas, Morgan Kneisky and Thomas Boudat, the Omnium Olympic Champion in Rio de Janeiro 2016 Elia Viviani (Italy), Roger Kluge and Pauline Grabosh (Germany).
Enrico Della Casa, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: «Participation in the upcoming Championships in Grenchen is on a very high level and this event is eagerly awaited by the best specialists on our continent and their respective National Federations.
After the great experience of 2015, we are going back to the Tissot Velodrome with one of the main events, and will have extensive media coverage thanks to our partnership with Eurovision (EBU) which will broadcast the event all over Europe and elsewhere.
The Tissot Velodrome is undoubtedly a great asset for the European Track movement and the five days of racing will show how much the discipline is loved on a continent where sport and cycling go hand in hand.
I would like to thank the Swiss Cycling Federation lead by the co-Presidents Franz Gallati and Patrick Hunger, the Director General Thomas Peter, the City of Grenchen and its Mayor François Scheidegger, the facility and all the team at the Tissot Velodrome, especially Peter Wirz, Juan Espasandin and Elena van Ballmoos, a great guarantee for the organisation, as well as all the volunteers for their commitment, professionalism and passion in preparing for this great sporting event.»
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