Away from Six Day: World Cup rolls into Chile
11 December 2017
Christmas may be rapidly approaching but the hunt for World Championship qualification points was still very much on the go this weekend as the World Cup rolled into Chile.
And while some of the world’s best riders may have been taking some much deserved time off as they prepare for the upcoming Six Day events in the new year – and let’s not forget March’s World Championships – those still short of UCI points were racing for their lives in Santiago.
Six riders were flying the Six Day London flag in Chile, with Max Beyer taking fourth in the omnium to add to his eighth position for Germany in the team pursuit.
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Beyer took sixth in the scratch race, winning the sprint for the line but finishing a lap down on the five riders, before registering a fourth place in the tempo race with seven sprints won.
He followed that with sixth in the elimination race to go into the points race in fifth overall.
And Beyer won points in five sprints to move himself up a place in the overall standings but it was still not enough for a spot on the podium, finishing level on points with third placed Roman Gladysh but missing out on bronze after the Ukranian beat him in the final sprint.
Elsewhere, Spain’s Juan Peralta was a busy man as he finished 16th in the individual sprint, before making the keirin final only to be relegated in the showdown and placing sixth overall.
He also finished sixth in the team sprint, alongside Spanish compatriots Jose Moreno and Alejandro Martinez.
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In the women’s races there was a sixth place for Laura Suessemilch and Michaela Ebert, as them joined forces with Lisa Kullmer and Franziska Brausse in the team pursuit.
Denmark’s Julie Leth teamed up with Six Day Copenhagen winner Trine Schmidt to finish second in the Madison, behind New Zealand’s Michaela Drummond and Racquel Sheath, while last but by no means least, Irene Usabiaga finished tenth in the omnium.
The Spaniard racked up two 11th places in the scratch and tempo races, before finishing sixth in the elimination race to bump herself up the standings, and a tenth in the points race meant she finished the event tenth overall.
Riders will now enjoy some time off before the last round of the World Cup in Minsk from January 19-21, before the Six Day Series returns with action in Berlin and Copenhagen.
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