APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) The Netherlands won two gold medals and a silver in front of their home fans on the opening day of the track cycling world championships.
The hosts had a perfect start to the championships as Kirsten Wild claimed the first gold on offer Wednesday by taking the women’s scratch race ahead of Jolien D’Hoore of Belgium and Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark.
The Dutch team then won the men’s team sprint as well by beating Olympic champion Britain by half a second.
“That we could win in our own country in front of our own crowd is special,” said Dutch team member Jeffrey Hoogland.
However, the home team had to settle for silver in the women’s team sprint as they were edged out by Germany in the final. Russia claimed bronze.
Germany’s Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte won the event for the fourth time, but it was their first title since 2014.
The finals of the men’s and women’s team pursuit will be held Thursday.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Derek Bouchard-Hall is resigning as chief executive of USA Cycling at the end of the year and less three years after getting the job.
The chairman of USA Cycling’s board of directors, Bob Stapleton, will help run the organization while a replacement is found. Stapleton said Friday the search has already begun.
Bouchard-Hall plans to take over an undisclosed company with close ties to USA Cycling.
Bouchard-Hall came from the retail sector of the cycling industry, and was tasked with rebuilding an organization that had fallen into disarray. There was a major schism between USA Cycling’s goals of fostering the sport at the amateur level while also pushing its high-performance program.
Bouchard-Hall wound up overhauling USA Cycling’s entire structure, hiring a wave of new coaches and administrators to push forward its world championship and Olympic teams.
MADRID — American cycling team Trek-Segafredo says one of its members has been taken to a hospital after going missing for several hours in northeastern Spain.
The team says director Steven De Jongh was “conscious” after being found by authorities on Monday. It did not immediately give any other details.
De Jongh’s wife called for help on Twitter, saying her husband went missing after going on a morning ride near the city of Girona. She later said a helicopter found him, breathing, and with a pulse.
The team says police were involved in the search.