Three Belgian podium places were recorded on Saturday evening during the third round of the Champions League track cycling in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, near the capital Paris. Nicky Deluge, Jules Hesters and Tuur Dens all made it into the top three in one of the components.
Delijme finished second on the track of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in the keirin, an event in which she is a former world champion. This moves her up to fourth place in the Champions League sprint standings. Among the women, the very young Hélène Hesters is thirteenth in the rankings for endurance riders.
Just not for Hesters
In the endurance for men, Jules Hesters and Tuur Dens excelled in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Hesters won the elimination race in Berlin, Germany last week and finished second this time. Dens took third place in the scratch. Both matches were won by Canadian Dylan Bibic, who also leads the standings. Hesters is now second, Dens ninth. From November 14, Dens and Hesters will travel to ‘t Kuipke in Ghent for the six-day spectacle.
The Champions League is a regularity criterion with a large prize pool with which the international cycling federation UCI wants to breathe new life into track cycling. After matches in Mallorca, Berlin and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the Champions League ends next week with a double round in London.