Anita Yvonne Stenberg (29) was the best of all in the ten kilometer long “scratch” race during the European Championships in Munich.
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– It was completely insane. It has been a dream for many years, but the level has become higher and higher, says Stenberg to NRK.
The cyclist, who has a number of NM medals from the velodrome, nailed the ten kilometer scratch race and beat British Jessica Roberts and Polish Nikola Wielowska in the battle for the gold.
With the victory in the race where the first rider to the finish line after a ten kilometer long joint start wins, the 29-year-old from Drammen secured his first international gold medal.
From before, Stenberg has WC bronze from 2020. It came in the points race exercise.
– I can hardly understand that I managed it. I’ve had that gut feeling so many times and not trusted it. Then things have gone wrong. I just had to trust it, and either it works or it doesn’t. I had the legs for it and a perfect timing, says Stenberg to the state channel.
Stenberg’s EC gold comes 50 years after Knut Knudsen cycled to Olympic gold at the same place during the pursuit race in the championship. From before, the Norwegian cyclist May Britt Våland has won bronze in the velodrome from the World Cup in 1995.
Friday’s “scratch” race is part of the EC week which is held in the German city from 11 to 21 August. Next week, among others, Karsten Warholm and the rest of the athletes will compete in their competitions.