March 21, 2023

For racers with lofty ambitions on the highway and the observe, balancing the 2 disciplines may be tough. Many are inclined to deal with one self-discipline at a time – prioritising the observe forward of the Olympics, say – whereas others chop and alter all through the season, relying on how schedules line up.

It’s actually uncommon for a rider to race high-level highway and observe occasions on the identical day. However that’s precisely what Elia Viviani did this previous Sunday, and he wasn’t simply making up the numbers in both occasion.

The Italian began his day by lining up within the European Championships highway race close to Munich, Germany. The 208 km race got here right down to a bunch dash the place Fabio Jakobsen (Netherlands) took the title forward of Arnaud Démare (France) and Tim Merlier (Belgium). Viviani completed seventh.

That’s Viviani simply close to the centre of the body, at nighttime blue of Group Italy. (Photograph by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile through Getty Pictures)

After ending the highway race simply after 3pm, Viviani returned to competitors at round 8pm, this time within the European Observe Championships, additionally being held in Munich.

Lining up within the rainbow bands of world champion, Viviani began the elimination race … and ended up profitable gold forward of Germany’s Theo Reinhardt and Belgium’s Jules Hesters.

Whereas the European observe and highway championships are usually held at completely different instances of yr, each 4 years they’re mixed as a part of one big pageant of sport: the European Championships. This time across the Championships have been held in Munich, and with the highway race and among the observe occasions occurring on the identical day, there was overlap for multi-discipline riders like Viviani.

Doing each in the identical days appears to have labored out fairly properly for Viviani.

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