UCI Track World Cup – Truly a German evening
Men’s Madison: the British triumph
After winning the Team pursuit the day before, Mark Christian and Owain Doull climbed onto the highest step of the London podium for the second time in twenty-four hours. The three-time national Champion in the discipline and his team-mate rode a bold race.
By taking one lap from their opponents 42 laps from the end, they thus deprived of victory the French duo of Coquard-Fournier, who were leading up to that point.
The British pair then knew how to capitalise on its gain, letting their rivals fight it out amongst themselves for the remaining places on the podium.
These were subsequently taken by the New Zealanders (second place) and the Germans (third place).
“We can’t thank the public enough”, said Christian. “Competing in such an atmosphere is truly an advantage. It’s a real boost.”
Men’s Keirin: Bötticher the strong man of the day
A keirin final is always a highly colourful event. Though boistered by his delirious fans, Jason Kenny’s gamble didn’t come off. Unwell during the week, he had to go into a play-off, where he dominated the 2014 World Champion, François Pervis, to continue with the competition.
During a turbulent final, the crowd’s favourite couldn’t manage to pull out of the pack and gave up, finishing in sixth place.
The World Individual sprint Champion, the German Stefan Bötticher, who had made a strong impression all through the tournament, won convincingly ahead of Puerta Zappata from Columbia, and the Greek Volikakis.
On the podium twice, Fabian Puerta Zappata takes the lead in the overall ranking with 255 points, ahead of Jason Kenny (211).
Women Points Race: Cure wins by one point
In an over-charged atmosphere, with the crowd committed to the cause of the British representatives, Amy Cure, the 31-year-old Australian, proved that she was really the star of the Points Race.
The UCI World Champion in this specialty rode with intelligence, fighting off Jasmin Glaesser from Canada, one of her main opponents over many seasons, and whom she now leads by a single point (34 to 33).
Very actively involved during the whole race, the Briton Elinor Barker climbed on the third step of the podium.
Women Sprint: Vogel makes her comeback
Absent from the first round of the UCI World Cup, Kristina Vogel, the German rider born in Kyrgyzstan, is back.
The three times 2014 World Champion won the individual sprint tournament without conceding a single round.
Eighth best time in the 200 metres flying start, she then managed the laps with ease to face the Russian Anastasiia Voinova in the final.
There again, the 24-year-old sprint star dominated her opponent in two rounds.The Dutch girl Elis Ligtlee beat Tianshi Zhong from China to secure third place.
Voinova consolidates her first place obtained after her success in Mexico. She is 45 points ahead of Shuang Guo, her Chinese opponent.
The races continue on Sunday, and can be seen live on www.youtube.com/ucichannel