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Six of the best: Men’s races

11 November 2017

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When it came to the men’s racing at Six Day London, it’s fair to say every single rider left everything they had out on the track across the six days.

Battling it out from first race to last, it was Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson who took their maiden win in exemplary style with a performance to remember.

And with thrills, spills and everything in between, we’ve somehow narrowed it down to six races that had the Lee Valley VeloPark rocking just a couple of weeks ago.

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1 – Remarkable Cavendish storms to Derny opener

Make no mistake, when Mark Cavendish is on the track, you can expect fireworks. But not even he could have been expected to pull day one’s derny performance out of the bag.

Heading into the closing stages of the race, the Manxman suddenly found his foot unclipped and in danger of vital momentum slipping away from him.

But instead of being perturbed, Cavendish stormed the final lap to overtake the field and take a staggering win, lifting the home crowd to their feet in the process.

No bad way to launch yourself into Six Day London 2017.

2 – Burke holds on to team elimination glory

But the early British success was not to be done there as Chris Latham and Steven Burke produced the goods in the elimination – the first part of their formidable partnership.

On the back wheel of the Spanish team in the last lap, Burke found the perfect time to strike to overtake on the final bend, cruising to the line to the delight of the Six Day support.

A little fist-pump showed what it meant to Burke, dominant to the line as their week got underway in style.

3 – Cavendish edges Torres in scratch race stunner

If the margin of Burke and Latham’s victory was – in the end – convincing, the same could definitely not be said for another Cavendish spectacular.

In a hotly-contested scratch race on day four, the Brit and Spain’s Albert Torres went head to head in the final straight after both had come round the outside from seemingly impossible positions.

And as they crossed the line together the two looked inseparable as the drama of the occasion pulsated through, with Cavendish getting the nod by the narrowest of margins.

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4 – Canny Thomas downs the Belgians

If there was ever any doubt about what made Benjamin Thomas and Morgan Kneisky multiple Madison world champions, they surely put those to rest at Six Day London.

Coming into the closing stages of the team elimination race, the French pair had a lot of work to do in order to get the better of Belgian duo and reigning champions Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw.

But then came some clever, if questionable, Thomas tactics. As de Ketele prepared to swing in his partner, the Frenchman swooped in between then to take the line and rhythm, leaving a clear run to the line and an almighty exclamation of delight.

5 – Danish double act Madison delight

Day five’s surprise package came in the shape of Denmark’s Niklas Larsen and Casper von Folsach, finally getting their rewards in the day’s final Madison chase.

The two were excellent value for it too, cruising to the line with aplomb to end what was a stirring effort.

That was enough to help them to fifth in the general classification, with only two other teams getting more than their 416 points.

6 – Meyer and Scotson claim their crown

Sixty minutes and one final Madison chase – that was all that stood between Cameron Meyer, Callum Scotson and the Six Day London track board trophy. Sounds easy, right? Wrong.

This was a race you could not take your eyes off, with the lead constantly toing and froing heading into the latter stages with anyone’s guess as to who would prevail.

And it looked as though Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh would be the team atop the podium when they launched the late break with, you guessed it, plenty of cheers from the Lee Valley VeloPark.

But despite their endeavour, the Australians more than held their own to celebrate their deserved win – their consistency a cut above anything else seen in Six Day London this year.

For full results and standings see our results page

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