The 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot concluded on Sunday in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, with the host country winning two world titles, and Germany and Belgium one each. This left the Netherlands alone at the top of the standings with a total of 12 medals, including five gold. Germany finished with six medals, including four gold, while Great Britain, Australia and Italy also had six medals each.
Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands took her third gold medal of the Championships in the Points Race with a dominating performance that saw her score 49 points. Jennifer Valente of the United States, who had previously won gold in the Team Pursuit, took the silver medal while Jasmin Duehring of Canada won the bronze.
"Yes, it's awesome," said Wild. "Thanks to all the people here. Yes [winning this race] is special, but every jersey is special, whether it's the first or the last."
The final women's title was awarded in the Keirin, and brought Belgium their first world title of the Championships, when Nicky Degrendele outkicked Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong, China, and Simona Krupeckaite of Lithuania.
"I still can't believe it," admitted Degrendele. "This is my first Elite title and I'm very happy. I was speechless, I didn't know I actually did it, I still can't believe it. I think in the next few days it will sink in, but at the moment it is so hard to believe. It's nice to get the medal but also the jersey. Last year the girls, in the Madison, were world champions and they couldn't defend it this year, so I'm happy I could get a jersey."
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