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Six of the best: Women’s races

08 November 2017

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Here at Six Day London, we like making history – which is exactly what we did with a first women’s Madison featuring a premier women’s line-up in 2017.

With a fully accredited omnium – where riders were able to accrue vital UCI points through their results – and that maiden women’s Madison, the women’s racers really did put on a show.

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So without further ado, here are our six best women’s races from Six Day London 2017.

1 – Archibald launches title defence

Katie Archibald picked up where she left off as the defending Six Day London champion and secured two victories on the first day of the women’s competition at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

In the first race of the omnium – the 10km points race – Archibald took a lap before holding on to win the final sprint.

Fellow British riders Neah Evans and Emily Nelson took second and third respectively, with the elimination race next up on the agenda.

2 – Two out of two for Katie

One victory simply wasn’t enough for Olympic team pursuit champion Archibald on the opening day, as she went on to take the elimination race crown too.

The Scot lived dangerously, walking a tightrope before responding brilliantly to defeat Canadian rider Allison Beveridge in the final sprint.

That was to be the last of Archibald’s success that day, though, with one of her opponents taking the 10km scratch race crown…

3 – Duehring triumphs on the track

That person was Jasmin Duehring, who rode superbly to take the win, holding off Lydia Boylan in a tense final lap.

Canada’s Duehring fist pumped the air after crossing the line, victory secured with Archibald only managing third place.

But at the end of the night, the Brit still sat atop the standings on a total of 140 points, with Beveridge and Evans not too far behind in second and third.

4 – Barker impresses

There was another Brit celebrating at the end of the 7.5km scratch race, that being Olympic champion Elinor Barker.

Barker put in a blistering display to take the win, storming away on the final lap to cross the line before saluting the crowd in celebration.

Archibald – wearing the rainbow stripes – took second, ahead of Dutch racer Kirsten Wild.

5 – Hat-trick hero

It wasn’t long until Archibald was back on top, however, her third victory of Six Day London 2017 coming in the elimination race once more.

The world champion proved too strong for fellow Brit – and housemate – Neah Evans, powering over the line as Evans gave her a little wave.

That was enough to see Archibald win the UCI Omnium – holding a 53-point lead over Evans heading into the final day.

6 – Maiden Madison magic

The prospect of a maiden women’s Madison at Six Day London certainly got the crowd fizzing with excitement, and the Brits didn’t disappoint.

Evans and Nelson dominated from the off, taking 42 points from a total of 45 with Archibald and Ireland’s Boylan taking second.

History was theirs but when all was said and done, it was Archibald who returned to the top of the podium, retaining her title as Queen of Six Day London!

For full results and standings see our results page

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