Amalie Dideriksen and Amy Pieters have earned silver and bronze at the 2018 UCI World Track Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, this week. It was Dideriksen’s personal ambition to win her first medal at an elite world track championships event, while Pieters dreamt of the rainbow stripes after earning silver on the madison at the national championships and the World Cup in Minsk.
Partnering with Kirsten Wild during Track Worlds, the Dutch rider who had won two world titles earlier in the week, Pieters was hoping for gold in the madison. They earned silver behind a strong British duo. “We had said to each other beforehand: we want to win this,” said Pieters. “I think we just have to let it all sink in and we will be happy with silver eventually, but right now after the race there’s just disappointment.”
“I think we did our best madison race ever,” Pieters continued. “Silver was the best we could do here, but when you race at Worlds, especially in front of a home crowd, you just want to win those rainbows. It’s what we trained for. We will have a look at the race and maybe enjoy our silver medal a bit more. We did a great race. And we are happy with the progression we made.”
In preparation for the World Track Championships, Dideriksen spent a couple of weeks in South-Africa with the Danish track team. It clearly delivered results, as Dideriksen reached her personal goal on the first evening of Track Worlds, earning bronze in the scratch race behind Wild and Jolien D’Hoore (Belgium).
Dideriksen added a silver medal to that with a fantastic points race in the omnium. There are four races in the omnium, of which the points race is the final, spectacular, event. While Wild was leading strongly going into the final race, Dideriksen was placed seventh. She took a lap towards the end and ultimately got herself onto the podium.
“It’s a dream come true to take the medal,” said Dideriksen. “Kirsten was really strong and we knew that. So I talked to my coach before the race and he said: it’s all or nothing. If I came fourth or twelth it didn’t really matter. It was the podium or nothing.”
“Then I knew I had to take a lap,” Dideriksen continued. “So I was just waiting for the right moment, because I know I have the endurance for it. It took quite a while before that moment came, only in the final part of the race. I’m proud of the way I took the lap, because it was a hard effort, but I’m really happy. For sure I hope I can step it up at one point and challenge Kirsten, but for now I’m really proud of my silver medal.”
Dideriksen also raced the madison together with Trine Schmidt. The Danish duo came awfully close to bronze, but were placed fourth eventually. Nonetheless, the 2018 World Track Championships were a success for both Boels-Dolmans riders, with double silver and bronze. As track season has come to a close, Dideriksen and Pieters will shift focus to the road and join their teammates in the spring classics soon.