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Bronze!  Robbe Ghys and Fabio Van den Bossche give Belgium fifth medal on the European Championship track: 'What a way to close'

Bronze! Robbe Ghys and Fabio Van den Bossche give Belgium fifth medal on the European Championship track: ‘What a way to close’

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Robbe Ghys (25) and Fabio Van den Bossche (21) closed the cycling track at the European Championships in Munich with bronze in the team race. Immediately the Belgians’ fifth medal, second to Guess after his silver in the points race. “What a way to end this European Championship.”

Werner Borliz

The De Ketele-Ghys couple died, and the new Ghys-Van den Bossche tandem lived. With De Ketele out, second place alongside Robbe Ghys open for the Olympic team sprint, young Fabio Van den Bossche appears to be in pole position for that. Together with Ghys he rode a very strong race for points in Munich. The duo only had to bow to former German world champion Cluj Reinhardt and France’s Budat Grunden. They were always on points and took a spin with these two very powerful blocks. Knowing that the duo still has a lot of margin for progress, this medal is hopeful for the future. And with Jules Hesters (bronze in elimination) and Lindsay De Vylder, they won’t be able to rest on their laurels and will also have help next season when the hunt for points for the Paris 2024 Olympics begins.

But first enjoy this medal. “Bronze was the highest, Germany and France were better,” says Ghys. “We had a great race and didn’t make a single mistake. It’s also great for me to finish the European Championship with a second medal. I enjoy this bronze even more because it’s a team effort. This Belgian selection is very close to each other, we are a group of guys. We play and laugh together. , but we also work hard. Not only the riders, but all the staff as well.”

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Born on the slopes

This is a good start for Van den Bossche in the team’s race at the highest level. As an alternative, he replaced the injured Lindsey de Felder. “Too bad for him, but I was happy with this opportunity. And he grabbed it. As a team we will do everything we can to qualify for the Olympics and then the best duo will be sent to Paris. I will combine road and track, that was a condition when I signed with Alpecin-Deceuninck. I was born on slopes”.

Ghys also gets a lot of praise for his teammate. “You don’t have to teach Fabio anything, it’s unbelievable how experienced he is at such a young age. We’ll celebrate it carefully now and then I’m going home. I want to spend time with my family. I just became a father and it was a difficult birth. Now it’s time for a diaper change.”

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