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Six Day riders star in Manchester World Cup

13 November 2017

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Good things come to those who wait and although Six Day London fans were denied the possibility of an Elinor Barker/Katie Archibald Madison dream team – the pair finally got to show what they could do together at the Manchester Track World Cup.

Set to ride together at Six Day London, illness intervened as Barker was forced to withdraw before our own Madison a fortnight ago.

But the decision paid off as Barker and Archibald won five of the first seven intermediate sprints in Saturday’s World Cup Madison, before finishing second in the dash to the finish line and beating world champions Jolien D’Hoore and Lotte Kopecky to the gold medal.

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The podium also featured another familiar face as Rachele Barbieri was one half of the Italian team that took bronze, with Ireland’s Lydias Boylan and Gurney – the latter back on the track after crashing at the Lee Valley VeloPark – just missing out on a medal.

That bronze was Barbieri’s second medal of the weekend after winning the scratch race in a photo-finish on the opening night.

There was no such luck for Ellie Dickinson in that race, however, as our fourth-place women’s rider crashed heavily before remarkably remounting and finishing 11th.

Potentially the most successful race for Six Day riders was the team pursuit, though, as the entire gold medal-winning British quartet was made up of the London podium – plus Barker.

That made it two gold medals for Archibald but she could not make it a hat-trick as our two-time champion settled for silver in the omnium, with Laurie Berthon fourth, Boylan seventh and Ana Usabiaga in 11th.

The Six Day success was not confined to the women, though, as Niklas Larsen and Casper von Folsach made it a Six Day double in the Madisons.

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They beat world champions Morgan Kneisky and Benjamin Thomas on positioning in the final sprint, while Wojciech Pszczolarski was one half of the bronze medal-winning Polish duo.

Albert Torres and Sebastian Mora Vedri came fourth, Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw fifth and Mark Stewart and Chris Latham sixth as the top ten had a distinct Six Day feel about it.

Six Day Berlin champions Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga were tenth in the Madison, before the latter went on to claim bronze in the scratch race, with de Pauw eighth, Latham ninth and Adrian Teklinski 15th.

The Pole followed that up with tenth in the team pursuit as Steven Burke and Ollie Wood helped Great Britain to an impressive gold, ahead of Casper Pedersen and von Folsach – Larsen having helped the Danes into the final before sitting out to focus on the omnium.

That decision saw him finish second in the omnium, while Thomas powered through to gold having already helped France to team pursuit bronze on the same day.

Torres made it an all Six Day podium in the omnium, with Stewart also picking up fifth as our riders showed off their all-round ability.

And there were some familiar faces in the team sprint as Germany’s Max Levy, Joachim Eilers and Robert Forstemann powered to gold, while New Zealand’s Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell settled for 11th and 12th respectively in the individual sprint.

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