Dutch top medal table at track championships

The Associated Press

Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands celebrates winning the women’s points race at the World Championships Track Cycling in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, on Sunday.

ReutersAPELDOORN, Netherlands (Reuters) — Kirsten Wild completed a hat-trick of gold medals and Jeffrey Hoogland won the men’s 1-kilometer time trial to give hosts the Netherlands a table-topping haul of five gold and 12 medals altogether at the Track Cycling World Championships on Sunday.

In the two other finals on the last day of the event in Apeldoorn, Germans Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt won the men’s madison and Belgian Nicky Degrendele the women’s keirin.

Hoogland, who helped the Dutch win the men’s team sprint, won his individual event in 59.459 seconds, 0.286 faster than Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer with his fellow Dutchman Theo Bos taking the bronze medal.

Wild, who won gold in the women’s omnium and scratch, scored 49 points in the 25-kilometer race, six more than Jennifer Valente of the United States with third-placed Canadian Jasmin Duehring notching 30.

The German men’s pair took the Madison with 53 points, eight better than silver medallists Albert Torres and Sebastian Mora of Spain. Australians Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson claimed bronze.

Degrendele was 0.086 seconds faster than Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong in the keirin final in which Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite was third.

The Netherlands won twice as many medals as their closest rivals. Germany won four gold and two bronze, Britain two gold, three silver and a bronze and Australia two of each color.

The United States won two gold in their haul of four and Italy one gold and one silver in a total of six medals.

Demare takes Paris-Nice stage

MEUDON, France (AP) — Arnaud Demare won the opening stage of the Paris-Nice race in a photo finish on Sunday after edging out three other riders in a sprint to the line.

The French cyclist, who also won the first stage last year, beat Spanish rider Gorka Izagirre, countryman Christophe Laporte and Tim Wellens of Belgium.

“It’s the first time I’ve won in a photo finish. I was sure I’d finished second,” Demare said. “My legs were burning, 250 meters from the line I thought I was finished. I attacked at the same time as Izagirre and I went on his wheel. It’s an enormous surprise to have won.”Speech

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