« On dirait deux boxeuses » : le combat de regard de ces deux cyclistes n’est pas passé inaperçu

« On dirait deux boxeuses » : le combat de regard de ces deux cyclistes n’est pas passé inaperçu

Screenshot of French televisions Facing the German Emma Hinze in the final of the team sprint event of the European Cycling Championship, the French Mathilde Gros starred in a memorable duel, even before the start of the first lap.

Screenshot of French televisions

Facing the German Emma Hinze in the final of the team sprint event of the European Cycling Championship, the French Mathilde Gros starred in a memorable duel, even before the start of the first lap.

CYCLING – “They look like two boxers…” This Monday, August 15, at the Munich velodrome, where the European championships of various sports are currently being held, and in particular cycling, the French Mathilde Gros delivered a memorable duel to one. of the stars of her discipline, Emma Hinze, in the final of the individual speed test.

A fierce battle that began even before the two young women hit the pedal. So how can you see in the video below, the 23-year-old Frenchwoman looked defiantly at her opponent, the two-time individual sprint world champion. A way of telling her that she wouldn’t settle for second place.

An image that strongly marked the commentators, and that ultimately served as a prelude to a very good confrontation. Unfortunately for the Frenchwoman, who managed to afford a decisive third and final round after having caught up with the German, it was not enough to win a first continental gold medal.

A final that was played by a few centimeters

And it is indeed the world champion of 2020 and 2021 (individuals and teams for that matter), a true ogre on the circuit, who won. But it only happened a few inches after the decisive round, the entire German velodrome holding its breath at the performance of the great French hope.

The judges even had to use the “photo finish” to decide between the two women before finally announcing the victory of Emma Hinze, to the delight of the stands (1,500 seats), “sold out” as the posters around the velodrome showed.

In the previous round, the 23-year-old tricolor sprinter had defeated the vice world champion Lea Sophie Friedrich in two rounds. A sign that this precocious talent, bronze medalist in the 2019 World Cup under 20 years old, is picking up the thread of her progress, which has been slowed down for a few seasons.

a hole in the track

After the disappointment of the Tokyo Olympics last summer, where they were eliminated in the round of 16, their victory in the Nations Cup in Cali (Colombia) in July heralded their recovery. Her performance on Monday in Munich confirmed this. And her championships are not over yet, the Provencal can add a third continental keirin title to her collection on Tuesday (2018 and 2019).

Note that Monday, August 15, was marked by a very impressive crash during the women’s omnium points race. While a score of competitors participated in this series of sprints at the same time, the Greek Argiro Milaki and the Ukrainian Ganna Solovei were left in the background, which required the intervention of the emergency services for more than 30 minutes.

Fortunately, after a moment of hesitation as the runners were treated behind the screens, this incident ultimately caused no drama, the two young women respectively needing a neck brace and an infusion. The track, meanwhile, had to be repaired after a hole appeared in the ground from the fall, delaying the finish of Mathilde Gros’ final.

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