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Cycling - 29. February 2020.

German women won gold, silver and bronze on the fourth day of the World Cup

Lea Sophie Friedrich took care of the third gold in the BDR camp on the fourth day of the competition. The 20-year-old from Dassow in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was the fastest woman in the 500-meter time trial in front of 4500 spectators in the almost sold-out Velodrom. Lisa Brennauer (silver) and Franziska Brauße (Eningen) provided further medals in the pursuit of the others.

World champion Lea Sophie Friedrich © UCI

Berlin. "It is so incredibly blatant: Germany has three gold medals for women after three sprint competitions - and that in the Olympic year. I'm just proud that we can rock it that way, ”cheered Lea Sophie Friedrich after her victory trip over 500 meters. Friedrich increased her personal best to 33.121 seconds and, after winning the team sprint, won her second gold medal at these World Championships in Berlin. "I started with a larger gear. I knew that I had a lot of stamina and was very quick on the second lap. That was enough to win, ”said Friedrich, who had another medal chance at Keirin on Sunday. Emma Hinze also starts there. Team colleague Pauline Grabosch also set a new personal best (33,179), 

“Lea is very strong in terms of physical condition, I tend to have to slow her down a bit sometimes. Welte and Vogel have carried off their offspring with their successes, which is why we now have this strength. The young trio Hinze, Grabosch, Friedrich very quickly made it to the top of the world, but that shouldn't make us overconfident, ”warned national coach Detlef Uibel of too much euphoria about the Olympics. "Berlin's success is good for self-confidence, but our work is far from over."

In a spectacular women's Madison race, Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters successfully defended their world title with 36 points. The Dutch won ahead of France (24) and Italy (20). The German duo with Franziska Brauße / Lisa Klein (Eningen / Erfurt) took tenth place.

Barely 40 minutes later, Brauße and Klein faced each other as opponents in the run for the bronze medal in the 3000 meter team pursuit. European champion Brauße secured third place in 3: 24.284 minutes ahead of Klein (3: 26.342), who had finished third in the previous year. In qualifying, Brauße (3: 20.222) and Klein (3: 21.828) had significantly increased their best performance. In the grand finale, Chloe Dygert Owen from the USA increased her qualifying world record to 3: 16.937 minutes, leaving Lisa Brennauer (Durach) with no chance (3: 23.229), who as in the previous year made do with second place in Pruszkow had to.

"The very high level was already evident in the four," said national coach André Korff about the recent leap in performance among his drivers. "All three have a bombastic shape." Brennauer improved their own German record, set at the European Championships in autumn 2019 in qualifying by almost five seconds to 3: 18.320. “I knew that I have to go fast today if I want to go to the grand finale. The atmosphere was bombastic, family and friends are in the hall, everyone supports us, supervisors, mechanics, the audience. I'm really happy, ”said Brennauer after her super run. 

 "I knew it was going to be tight, only when I reached the home stretch did I know that I had won. All of this gives us a lot of motivation for the Olympics again, ”said Brauße, who took the double burden with ease. “It was pure adrenaline, it felt like an omnium. But it also had an advantage, we didn't have to warm up anymore, ”said the bronze medalist. Lisa Klein was not disappointed that the individual medal was not enough. “It was a day of ups and downs today. We have proven today that we are the best persecutors in the world. After today and after the performance in the foursome, we know what we can do. Therefore, our goal does not have to be to win a medal in Tokyo, "we have to reach for gold!" Said the Saarlander in Berlin.

In the omnium, Berlin-based Roger Kluge came in fourth with 97 points, thanks to the ungrateful fourth place, but thereby solving the ticket for the Olympic Games for the Federation of German Cyclists in this all-around competition. As in the previous year, the title was won by Frenchman Benjamin Thomas (158) ahead of Jan-Willem van Schip (Netherlands / 135) and British Matthew Walls (117). “Fourth place is always a thankless place at a World Cup. With this result, the Olympic ticket is secure, this milestone has been achieved. It was hard work in winter. It will be completely different on Sunday: if you can go full throttle for the longest and take points with you, you will win, ”said Kluge, who together with Theo Reinhardt (Berlin) can become world champion in Madison for the third time in a row on Sunday.

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