Six sprinters set to dazzle at Phynova Six Day London
17 September 2018
Six days of high-class racing, six fast and furious riders ready to do battle – next month’s Phynova Six Day London sprint kings are all set for the off.
Kiwi Eddie Dawkins took the title at the 2017 edition, but the announcement of the line-up for this year’s event reveals an open field to say the least when they head to the Lee Valley Velodrome.
With Germany’s Robert Forstemann making his London debut, fellow countryman Max Levy looking to go one better and a British pair bidding to impress, it’s all set to be a cracker.
It would be easy for rivals of the rider known as ‘Quadzilla’ to take one look at his 28-inch thighs and pedal scared
But it’s Robert Forstemann who has a point to prove on what is his first outing at Phynova Six Day London.
Forstemann is far from an unknown quantity at the Lee Valley Velodrome, having won Olympic bronze and World Cup gold at the venue in team sprints.
The 32-year-old is no newbie to the series as a Six Day Berlin regular – and he’ll certainly harbour high hopes of securing the first trackboard trophy of the 2018-19 series.
Max Levy has finished third and second respectively in the past two editions of Phynova Six Day London, falling just short on both occasions.
So the four-time world champion will settle for nothing less than gold at this year’s event and fancy his chances of topping the rostrum.
The 31-year-old’s pedigree is beyond question, with his palmares featuring outright Six Day wins in Amsterdam in 2016 and Berlin last year.
Possessing all the power needed to blow away the rest of the field, Levy’s experience at the event makes him one of the event favourites – though don’t bet against him having a whole lot of fun in the process.
Welsh wizard Lewis Oliva is well-placed to build on a successful season with an explosive first showing at Phynova Six Day London.
A holder of five British titles, Oliva is in-form having secured silver in the Keirin at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
Oliva, 26, got his first taste of the electric atmosphere in 2013 when he was taken as part of the British squad to Six Day Bremen as an academy rider.
With that dream in his sights for so long, appearing as a full-fledged senior sprinter in front of a partisan British crowd should bring out his best racing.
The pressure-cooker of Phynova Six Day London will provide an unmatchable proving ground for Alex Spratt’s emerging talent.
Race wins in Cottbus and Newport this season augur well for his debut, while a track record achieved in May suggests he is consistently driving his times down.
But that only tells half the story of a rider that started out as a rugby player, with cycling becoming his main event just a year ago.
Racing alongside the likes of Forstemann and Perkins is exactly the kind of exposure Spratt needs to ignite his fledgling career on the boards.
Gallic star Francois Pervis is hot property right now, coming off the back of team pursuit silver in last month’s European Championships in Glasgow.
He also medalled at March’s World Championships in Apeldoorn alongside trusty steeds Sebastien Vigier and Quentin Lafargue.
But Pervis, 33, will have to fend for himself in the sprint categories at Phynova Six Day London and has it all to prove in individual competition.
He’ll do so with a near-unmatchable record on the bike, however, with no fewer than 14 World Championship medals in his collection.
It’s never dull when Shane Perkins is around – making him a perfect sprinter for the carnival of cycling that is Phynova Six Day London.
The 31-year-old formed part of the Russian team pursuit outfit that lost out to Pervis and co in the first round of heats at the European Championships last month.
He’ll be out for revenge and to reignite the form that saw him crowned world champion in keirin in 2011 and team sprint in 2012.