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Away from Six Day: World Cup battle restarts in Canada

01 December 2017

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After a few weeks away from international competition to rest the legs and recharge the batteries, our Six Day stars return to track action this weekend in the third round of the World Cup.

Round two in Manchester saw Six Day domination and a helmet-full of medals won in the process.

So, with vital World Championships qualifying points up for grabs, who will be making the headlines when battle is rejoined in Milton, Canada.

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Despite a slightly contracted field the competition will be no less fierce as Morgan Kneisky and Niklas Larsen face off in the team pursuit for France and Denmark, respectively.

The duo will also compete in the points race, as well as Kenny de Ketele, and with no Benjamin Thomas in the French team, Larsen will hope to pick up a first World Cup omnium win of the season, too.

The Brits may have something to say about that, though, as Chris Latham and Mark Stewart travel to Canada, with both having ridden the omnium in recent events and looking for a strong performance.

The pair teamed up in the Manchester World Cup Madison but Milton could see Stewart – if Latham rides the omnium – looks set to pair up with old Six Day London friend, and housemate, Ollie Wood in the Madison, with Max Beyer and Wojciech Pszczolarski potential opponents for Germany and Poland respectively.

In the sprinters’ events there will be more Six Day competition in the team sprint, as Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins compete for New Zealand for the first time this World Cup season.

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So far our friendly neighbourhood Kiwis have stuck to the individual events, but this weekend will reform with fellow three-time World Champion Sam Webster to take on all comers.

Juan Peralta’s Spanish outfit will be one pair standing in their way, but who would be against the Olympic silver medallists grabbing gold in Milton?

The women’s competition will have a distinctly Six Day feel about it, too, with Katie Archibald going up against Jasmin Duehring in the points race, before the Scot hopes to bounce back from omnium silver in Manchester with a gold in Milton.

The women’s team pursuit will see Allison Beveridge ride on home boards for Canada, while Laurie Berthon goes in the French quartet.

Duehring and Beveridge could also team up in the women’s Madison, which will also see Ellie Dickinson join Archibald as they look to repeat the success the Scot had with Elinor Barker in Manchester.

Julie Leth will also be riding for Denmark, teaming up with Six Day Copenhagen champion Trine Schmidt, while Ana Usabiaga and Rachele Barbieri will be in action for Spain and Italy throughout the weekend.

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