All smiles for Howard and O’Brien – the best of Six Day London 2018 so far
26 October 2018
In the blink of an eye, or the flex of a quad, we’re halfway through.
The first three days of Phynova Six Day London has seen records broken, crowds going loopy and some of the finest, fastest, most furious racing around.
Here, we wrap up some of the best bits from the first half of the week’s action.
Foerstemann flies out of the traps
No one has set the tone of this competition quite like Quadzilla himself, Robert Foerstemann.
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The German rolled into Six Day London with a huge reputation and even bigger upper thighs, which he has utilised superbly in these early stages.
However, his progress has been checked by compatriot Max Levy, who cranked up the gears on Day 3 to the delight of the crowds…
Levy La Vida Loca!
Levy has resembled a tiger in the undergrowth, stalking Foerstemann on the track before choosing his moment to pounce.
And how he has pounced. Solid displays in the opening two days saw him within striking distance of Foerstemann on the leaderboard, but the four-time world champion roared to time trial glory on the third night in a new Six Day London record time of 10.102s.
He followed this up by seizing sprint success on the line, coming around the outside ahead of his compatriot in the final, to take it on the line and an eight-point overnight lead going into Day 4.
Home is where the wins are!
Amidst all the drama, the raucous home support, who turned in out their droves to sample some bikes, beats and beers witnessed Britain’s best smash the rest en route to individual triumphs.
The first home win came courtesy of Adam Blythe, with the Sheffield rider, sporting an illustrious Molteni jersey as the strip made its first competitive return to Six Day in 40 years, judged a perfect final lap to storm over the line in the 40-lap derny.
Alex Spratt then defied the quality of the rest of the field by streaking clear in the keirin, before Andy Tennant capped off a fine opening night’s entertainment by coming through first in the second 40-lap derny of the evening.
Youngster Joe Nally sealed a memorable points win for his first ever Six Day triumph on Day 2, while Lewis Oliva sped to keirin success on Day 3, and Tennant streaked clear in the team elimination for a supreme British win.
Who will kick on?
The men’s competition has been utterly fascinating, not least due to the lead constantly changing hands and no-one pulling clear of the pack.
Danish duo Marc Hester and Jesper Morkov led the way on the first night, before a turn of events in the second day left it even closer. Just four points separated the top three duos, and the Danes weren’t even in it!
Leigh Howard and Kell O’Brien continued their stellar year by ramping up their performance even more on Day 3.
After three podium finishes on Day 2, they flew top of the rankings going into the second half of the week with 237 points – a nine point advantage over Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga, Howard winning a derny race in the final action of Day 3 to take them above the rest.
Their Six Day form is a wonderful sign for Aussie crowds, with the Antipodean pair set to head Down Under early next year for the inaugural Six Day Melbourne.
Who knows how the roar of a pumped-up home crowd will effect on them?
But despite the Aussies looking strong, they will be mindful of the threats below them as the other teams plan their chance to unseat the duo.
It’s not going to get any quieter in the next three days – the women start their Six Day London 2018 campaign on Friday.
And the quality in that field promises three more fiercely fought days of racing!
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