Victor Campenaerts on Wednesday in Glasgow his European title in the time trial extended. Campenaerts got it with 63 hundreds of a second for the Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo. The German Maximilian Schachmann was third narrowly Yves Lampaert of the stage. It is for Campenaerts his second European title in a row, after last year in the Danish Herning.
Campenaerts took it with a difference of only 63 hundredths. “I always start out slower than my competitors”, he said afterwards. “The difference was so great, especially with someone like Lampaert. But the last piece in the long and flat roads, there lies my strength. It was raining, but I came closer and closer. I went full gas. The coach told me that I had to do this, that I just quietly had his in the turns. I could see the day of Castroviejo and winning is winning. I win always with a small difference, but this is perhaps the smallest!”
“I’m on hoogtestage been and then straight to Glasgow travels. If you do everything for something and you’re not sick, get hit, then you know that you are a good results. I win the european CHAMPIONSHIP for the second time in a row, and it is the third time that they organize. So I’m a real European champion (laughs). Now what? The Binckbank Tour and then hopefully the Vuelta. Then follows the world cup. That is not my career but I go for the top five. And then comes my main objective. The Olympic Games in Tokyo.”
Campenaerts provides as the ninth medal for the Belgian delegation in Glasgow, the third gold. The past few days caused the gymnast Nina Derwael (bridge with uneven shelves) and baanwielrenners Kenny De Ketele and Robbe Ghys (madison) for the gold paste. Again Derwael (beam) and De Ketele (points race) and Nicky Degrendele (keirin) took silver medals, while the Simplon Michiels (mountain bike), the belgian champion Jolien D’hoore (scratch) and Axelle Klinckaert (floor exercises) bronze packed.