U23: Unique victory for Møller, Gresier dominating the field

The third race of the day was the women U23. Møller and Gresier proved to be the strongest.

In this 6300 meter race, only one Dutch women took part, Ellen van der Kolk. It was her debut on a European championship for the 20-year old athlete, who joined the Dutch team after a strong performance during the Warandeloop a few weeks ago. The EC on home soil was a nice experience for this young athlete who finished 56th.

The gold medal for the women under 23 went to Anna Emilie Møller from Denmark. It was a very tight and compact race. After many over takings back and forth, Anna Gehring started to accelerate and took the lead, closely followed by Møller. It was Møller who claimed victory, securing a rare gold medal for Denmark. The winner of the country classification was Germany.

Gressier for his second win

Jimmy Gresier finished first in the 8300 meter race. In the early part of the race the field stayed very compact. But with four laps to go Gresier decided to increase the pace. He was closely followed by the German Samuel Fitwi, his expected direct opponent. As the race progressed, the gap between the two men increased and it became clear Gresier would defend his European title and take the gold medal back to France.

Four Dutch athletes competed in the men U23 race. While heavy rain was pouring down Stan Niesten, Mike Foppen, Tom Hendrikse and Manuel de Backer competed for the individual and country rankings. Stan Niesten was the fastest Dutch athlete. The very enthusiastic crowd sheered him to the 11th place. The collective races of Niesten, Foppen, Hendrikse and De Backer led to a 7th place in the country classifications, where France took the gold medal.