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Six Day London battle hotting up as latest riders go under the spotlight

08 October 2018

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The time for this year’s Phynova Six Day London is almost upon us as some of the best track cyclists in the world prepare for an October extravaganza at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

The enthralling six days of action has been closely fought in recent years and the 2018 edition promises to be closer than ever as riders descend upon London.

Plenty of stellar names have already been announced but as we edge closer to the big day, here’s a look at five more names that could be crowned Sony Xperia elite queen.

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Nina Kessler

If experience at Six Day is what you’re looking for then Nina Kessler has it by the bucket load.

This will be the 30-year-old’s 13th appearance at a Six Day event and will be hoping to improve on placing 14th in the 2017 edition in London.

Kessler and Kirsten Wild teamed up beautifully for the 20km Madison where the pair finished third on the final day of action last year.

The rider was a three-time Dutch national champion in 2016, and also picked up a bronze medal in the Madison at the European Championships in Yvelines, France.

Kessler has enjoyed recent success on the road having taken the first stage of the Ras na mBan and the sprint star will be confident of taking that form onto the track.

Georgia Baker

Ready for her Six Day debut, Georgia Baker will be looking to continue her fine 2018 when she descends upon London in just a few weeks’ time.

In November last year, Baker underwent heart surgery for an abnormal heart-rate but has since made a full recovery in some style.

A triple world champion as a junior, Baker was part of Australia’s 4000m team pursuit team that took gold at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

And the Olympian will be hoping to excel in her favourite discipline, the Madison, when she hits the boards of the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome.

Rebecca Raybould

Young English rider Rebecca Raybould is back for another round of Six Day London and ready to climb the rankings in pursuit of glory.

The 20-year-old finished in a respectable 17th place in 2017 as fellow Briton Katie Archibald took the crown in the capital.

Raybould, a 2016 World Junior Championships gold medallist in the scratch race, made her Commonwealth Games debut this year on the Gold Coast, competing in the 500m time trial and 4000m team pursuit where she finished just off the podium in the Anna Meares Velodrome.

But it’s the points race that the youngster holds close to her heart, one she is keen to target at Phynova Six Day London this year.

Amalie Winther Olsen

Amalie Winther Olsen has seven Six Day competitions to her name already and the 24-year-old will be looking forward to her next instalment in London later this month.

It has been a positive year for Olsen after she was crowned Danish champion in the sprint and is hoping to progress on her 19th place finished 12 months ago.

Winther Olsen finished eighth in the 20km Madison, her favourite event at Six Day, alongside Julie Leth, with more set to come from the promising Dane this time around.

Daria Pikulik

She may only be 21 but Daria Pikulik has plenty of experience under her belt as she prepares for a first taste of Six Day London.

The Polish rider has two European Championships medal to her name already, a silver in Yvelines in 2016 and a bronze in Berlin last year, both in the team pursuit.

Add to those achievements a fourth-place finish at the World Championships last year in the omnium and you’ve got yourself a very capable track cyclist who could challenge for the title.

Tickets for Six Day London 2018 start from £20.40 and are available now – here 

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