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Risi takes gold in Antwerp

Risi took the gold medal at the world track cycling championships in Antwerp

(Keystone)

The veteran Swiss rider, Bruno Risi, has won the 40-kilometre points race at the world track cycling championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

Risi dominated the race from start to finish. He easily beat Juan Esteban Curuchet of Argentina and Austria's Franz Stocher.

"Everything went well for me today," Risi said. "This world title is the nicest gift I could hope for."

The Swiss cyclist piled on the points early on and made sure he controlled the race from then on. He resisted several assaults from Spain's Olympic champion, Juan Llaneras, who was unable to defeat his vigilance.

The 33-year-old was also threatened by France's Robert Sassone, who unsuccessfully attempted to take a lap on the Swiss with two dozen laps to go.

But Risi pulled through, and finished the race with 29 points after 48.22 minutes.

The Swiss from canton Uri pulled off his fifth world title in the points race on Saturday. He won the gold in 1991 as an amateur, and was victorious in 1992, 1994 and 1999 as a professional.

swissinfo with agencies


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