London Six Day: Day 4

Belgium’s Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw hit back by retaking the lead but the Aussies are hot on their tails. Katie Archibald dominates the women’s racing with two wins

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London Six Day: Day 4

After four days or racing, the men’s standings also have a sense of familiarity about them after Belgium’s Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw retook the lead by the narrowest of margins from Australia’s Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer.

“It doesn’t get much closer than that – I was too busy worrying about the others who were coming past to think about Torres coming round for the win,” said Cavendish. But that’s how I’ve always been, push all my chips into the middle of the table, go all in. I knew I’d be bringing guys from behind but without doing that you don’t catch the front.”

The men’s racing continued its even nature with the world Madison champions Morgan Kneisky and Benjamin Thomas showing why they wear the rainbow bands with the only lap taken in the opening Madison.

Denmark’s Casper Pedersen and Marc Hester then finally got to celebrate their win in the two-lap Madison time trial, with the last four pairings unable to beat their time of 26.818s, set way back on Day 2, before their compatriot Niklas Larsen won the first 40-lap derny.

Aussies are far from out of it as they sit in second place overall

And Mark Cavendish got his customary daily victory, but by just 2mm as he was nearly beaten to the line in the 10km scratch race by Spain’s Albert Torres. “It doesn’t get much closer than that – I was too busy worrying about the others who were coming past to think about Torres coming round for the win,” said Cavendish. But that’s how I’ve always been, push all my chips into the middle of the table, go all in. I knew I’d be bringing guys from behind but without doing that you don’t catch the front.”

Meyer then got his team’s first race win of the week, surging through the field in the final three laps for a confident victory in the 40-lap derny – a result that put his team level at the top of the standings with Yoeri Havik and Roy Pieters. But not even a win in the final 45-minute Madison could see the Aussies remain at the top of the standings.

De Ketele and de Pauw took the first lap of the race, with the Australians hitting back with one of their own, but with the Belgians finishing second behind Scotson and Meyer it was enough to cross the 300-point threshold and gain a lap back on the field.

They now lead by just 19 points from the Australians, who only need 18 more on Day 5 to reclaim the lap themselves, and de Pauw knows a victory is far from secure. “It’s so close, every day something changes. It’s really close on points and even in laps, too – the first five or six teams are really close to each other and it’s going to be a long two days,” he said.

And with de Ketele struggling for consistency after a hip fracture just last month, the duo’s elder statesman is having to rely on his teammate for help. “I’m having ups and downs,” he said. “Day 2 I had a real setback from all the efforts I’ve been doing lately – I’ve been forcing my condition a lot. It goes alright though and we can rely on the fast legs of Moreno. But today I immediately felt like I had good legs and could keep a high speed, so that’s very important to take some laps.”

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Womens Racing
Katie Archibald picked up where she left off at Six Day London as the defending champion stole a march on her competitors with two wins on the first day of the women’s competition. The 23-year-old won both the points and elimination races before finishing third in the scratch race to lead her closest rival by 40 points. Archibald stole the show and with fellow Scot Neah Evans once again pushing her hard, the reigning champion has a sense of deja vu.

“I drove down with Neah Evans again this year so we’ve got that familiar sensation of being sat next to each other and tussling for the top spot,” she said. “It’s cool to have the Canadians over as well, they’ve made their mark on this first night and I’m ready to give it everything on Saturday. This is possibly one of the hardest races we’ll get all season, and that’s no exaggeration because you don’t usually get multiple riders per nation in other races.”

Archibald began the night by taking a lap in the opening points race and, despite an attempt at a second lap failing, she held on to win the final sprint and the race. The Scot was then living dangerously in the elimination race, walking a tightrope between saving her legs and risking disaster in the early stages but she responded brilliantly to beat Allison Beveridge in the final sprint for a second win in a row.

She could only manage third in the final women’s race of the night, the scratch race, as Canada’s Jasmin Duehring led the field for the duration of the race and held off Ireland’s Lydia Boylan in the final lap – with Archibald leading the field home to take third and establish a 40-point lead over Beveridge in the standings, with housemate Evans a further five points back in third.

Sprinters
The event’s remaining competition continues to see an exhibition of fast riding by New Zealand’s Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell. The former set a new Six Day London 200m flying lap time trial best when he stopped the clock in 10.136s, beating Mitchell’s mark set just 24 hours earlier.

He then went on to beat Mitchell in the match sprint, moving to within three points of his friend and rival, but it was Germany’s Maximilian Levy who had the last laugh, with an early attack to win the keirin at a canter.

“It was an incredible feeling when I knew my plan would work to stay in the bunch and at the end have some slipstream to counter attack everybody,” said the European champion. I tried to be faster than them all day, in this race they were all riding their own speed but then I was already up to top speed and it was enough to get the win.”
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RESULTS
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OVERALL AFTER DAY 4
1 DE KETELE / DE PAUW 301
2 MEYER / SCOTSON 282

@ 1 lap
3 CAVENDISH / KENNAUGH -1 308
4 HAVIK / PIETERS -1 266

@ 2 laps
5 TORRES / MORA VEDRI -2 286
6 KNEISKY / THOMAS -2 211

@ 3 laps
7 PEDERSEN / HESTER -3 254
8 ENGLISH / DOWNEY -3 235

@ 4 laps
9 LARSEN / VON FOLSACH -4 294
10 WOOD / STEWART -4 230
11 REINHARDT / THIELE -4 189

@ 6 laps
12 BURKE / LATHAM -6 181

@ 8 laps
13 STOPLER / VAN ZIJL -8 69

@ 10 laps
14 PSZCZOLARSKI / TEKLINSKI -10 89

@ 11 laps
15 HACECKY / KANKOVSKY -11 70

@ 12 laps
16 SCHMIEDEL / BEYER -12 64

MADISON CHASE 1
1 KNEISKY / THOMAS 0 –
2 REINHARDT / THIELE -1 10
3 HAVIK / PIETERS -1 6
4 CAVENDISH / KENNAUGH -1 5
5 LARSEN / VON FOLSACH -1 4
6 PEDERSEN / HESTER -1 3
7 TORRES / MORA VEDRI -1 2
8 MEYER / SCOTSON -1 2
9 ENGLISH / DOWNEY -1 1
10 BURKE / LATHAM -1 –
11 DE KETELE / DE PAUW -1 –
12 WOOD / STEWART -1 –
13 STOPLER / VAN ZIJL -1 –
14 PSZCZOLARSKI / TEKLINSKI -1 –
15 SCHMIEDEL / BEYER -1 –
16 HACECKY / KANKOVSKY -1 –

Madison Chase 2
1 MEYER / SCOTSON 0 6 30
2 DE KETELE / DE PAUW 0 – 25
3 LARSEN / VON FOLSACH -1 12 22
4 CAVENDISH / KENNAUGH -1 9 20
5 BURKE / LATHAM -1 7 18
6 PEDERSEN / HESTER -1 6 16
7 HAVIK / PIETERS -1 3 14
8 TORRES / MORA VEDRI -1 1 12
9 WOOD / STEWART -1 – 10
10 ENGLISH / DOWNEY -1 – 8
11 STOPLER / VAN ZIJL -1 – 7
12 SCHMIEDEL / BEYER -1 – 6
13 REINHARDT / THIELE -1 – 5
14 KNEISKY / THOMAS -1 – 4
15 HACECKY / KANKOVSKY -1 – 3
16 PSZCZOLARSKI / TEKLINSKI -2 – 2

SCRATCH RACE
1 Mark CAVENDISH 20
2 Albert TORRES 15
3 Felix ENGLISH 12
4 Marc HESTER 10
5 Ollie WOOD 8
6 Moreno DE PAUW 6
7 Casper VON FOLSACH 4
8 Chris LATHAM 2
9 Callum SCOTSON
10 Sebastian SCHMIEDEL
11 Yoeri HAVIK
12 Melvin VAN ZIJL
13 Wojciech PSZCZOLARSKI
14 Kersten THIELE
15 Morgan KNEISKY
16 Alois KANKOVSKY

Derny Race 1
1 Cameron MEYER 20
2 Theo REINHARDT 15
3 Sebastian MORA VEDRI 12
4 Peter KENNAUGH 10
5 Casper PEDERSEN 8
6 Benjamin THOMAS 6
7 Vojtech HACECKY 4
8 Maximilian BEYER 2


WOMEN
1 Katie ARCHIBALD 140
2 Allison BEVERIDGE 100
3 Neah EVANS 95
4 Emily NELSON 84
5 Eleanor DICKINSON 82
6 Kirsten WILD 80
7 Lydia BOYLAN 80
8 Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI 73
9 Jasmin DUEHRING 66
10 Elinor BARKER 64
11 Rachele BARBIERI 63
12 Julie LETH 50
13 Laurie BERTHON 44
14 Saartje VANDENBROUCKE 41
15 Nina KESSLER 37
16 Lydia GURLEY 36
17 Amalie WINTHER OLSEN 24
18 Michaela EBERT 20
19 Irene USABIAGA 18
20 Rebecca RAYBOULD 15
21 Marion BORRAS 15
22 Laura SUESSEMILCH 13
23 Ana USABIAGA 12
24 Gilke CROKET 12

Scratch Race
1 Jasmin DUEHRING 50
2 Lydia BOYLAN 44
3 Katie ARCHIBALD 40
4 Rachele BARBIERI 36
5 Kirsten WILD 32
6 Elinor BARKER 28
7 Eleanor DICKINSON 24
8 Emily NELSON 22
9 Allison BEVERIDGE 20
10 Laurie BERTHON 18
11 Nina KESSLER 16
12 Julie LETH 14
13 Ana USABIAGA 12
14 Neah EVANS 11
15 Amalie WINTHER OLSEN 10
16 Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI 9
17 Saartje VANDENBROUCKE 8
18 Laura SUESSEMILCH 7
19 Irene USABIAGA 6
20 Gilke CROKET 5
21 Michaela EBERT 4
22 Lydia GURLEY 3
23 Marion BORRAS 2
24 Rebecca RAYBOULD 1

Elimination
1. Katie Archibald
2. Allison Beveridge

Points Race
1. Katie Archibald


SPRINTERS

Overall
1 Ethan MITCHELL 174
2 Edward DAWKINS 171
3 Max LEVY 154
4 Juan PERALTA 147
5 Matthew ROTHERHAM 114
6 Nate KOCH 92

Flying 200 metres
1 Edward DAWKINS NZL 10.136 71.033 km.h
2 Ethan MITCHELL NZL 10.201 70.581 km.h
3 Juan PERALTA ESP 10.397 69.250 km.h
4 Max LEVY GER 10.403 69.210 km.h
5 Matthew ROTHERHAM GBR 10.649 67.611 km.h
6 Nate KOCH USA 11.263 63.926 km.h

Sprint Finals
1 Edward DAWKINS 20
2 Ethan MITCHELL 15
3 Juan PERALTA 12
4 Max LEVY 10
5 Matthew ROTHERHAM 8
6 Nate KOCH 6

Keirin Final
1 Max LEVY 20
2 Edward DAWKINS 15
3 Juan PERALTA 12
4 Ethan MITCHELL 10
5 Matthew ROTHERHAM 8
6 Nate KOCH 6

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