The Belgian men’s pursuit team is currently still in the running for Paris 2024. But a 9th place out of 10 participating teams did not help their cause today.
Lindsay De Vylder, Gianluca Pollefliet, Tuur Dens and Noah Vandenbranden were not allowed to advance to the next round of the tournament.
Countries such as Canada, Great Britain and Japan, direct competitors for the Olympic tickets, finished in the top 8 and thus advanced to the next round.
The Nations Cup is considered the World Cup in track cycling. There are a lot of Olympic qualification points to be earned, much more than at the last European Championships in Apeldoorn. At the European Championships the pursuers finished sixth.
Two young Belgians took action today in Adelaide on the elimination race, a non-Olympic event. 18-year-old Milan Van den Haute finished 10th among the men’s elite, and 19-year-old Hélène Hesters finished 5th among the women’s elite.
Lotte Kopecky, reigning European and world champion in the elimination race, is not part of the Belgian delegation in Adelaide. Until Sunday, a total of 9 Belgians will be in action in the Australian city.