Ethan Hayter and Kimberly Geist lead Six Day pursuit for World Championship gold
02 March 2018
Great Britain’s Ethan Hayter and American Kimberly Geist took Six Day Series rider golds at the UCI Track Cycling World Championship in Apeldoorn to five on yet another glittering night on the boards.
Hayter triumphed in a win-win for Six Day watchers as the 2017 Berlin U23 champion hopped on his bike in a world final for the first time and secured team pursuit gold at the expense of a Danish squad including Niklas Larsen and Casper von Folsach – two standout stars from London.
German duo Kersten Thiele and Theo Reinhardt narrowly missed out on a medal of their own in the bronze medal race.
American Geist finished 12th in Berlin but fared far better in the Netherlands, forming one quarter of the team pursuit which defeated a British quartet 75% made up of Six Day trio – Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson – by more than a second.
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Italian Elisa Balsamo, sixth in the women’s general classification at Six Day Berlin, also triumphed in the bronze medal race.
Six Day London champion Callum Scotson flew solo in the 15km scratch and the 21-year-old Aussie crossed the line for bronze as one of just three riders to finish a lap ahead of the remainder of the field.
European keirin champion – but more importantly Six Day Berlin sprint victor – Max Levy was back on the podium on the global stage for the first time in four years, landing himself a bronze medal in the same event Six Day fans have grown used to seeing him excel in over the years.
In the 7-12 final Spain’s Juan Peralta and Joachim Eilers also featured, finishing 11th and 12th.
A day after securing a fourth team sprint gold of her career, Kristina Vogel was back at it again out on her own in the individual sprint and will face-off today against fellow German Pauline Sophie Grabosch in the semi-finals.
Vogel, a dominant champion at Six Day Berlin, had progressed earlier past New Zealand’s Natasha Hansen and Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen.
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