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Melbourne champions Howard and O’Brien headline ones to watch for Six Day Brisbane

01 April 2019

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The Six Day Series will crown kings and queens of the track at Brisbane later this month, with the Australian city playing host to what is set to be a spellbinding denouement.

And with three packed nights of bikes, beats and beers still left at the Anna Meares Velodrome, Six Day fans the world over still have plenty to look forward to.

Six Day Melbourne champions Leigh Howard and Kelland O’Brien will look to pip flying Dutchmen Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga to glory on home soil, while a famous Brit also returns.

Here are six riders to watch in Brisbane.

Katie Archibald

Having shown her destructive best on British boards, Katie Archibald will now be out to impress Down Under.

Six Day London crowds were treated to the Scot at her scintillating best, on the back of Olympic gold and on the route to World Championship glory, in her 2016 and 2017 event wins. 

And it was disappointment in this year’s Track World Championships that fuelled her fire at last month’s inaugural Phynova Six Day Manchester, roaring to UCI omnium victory on the opening night. 

Archibald was buzzing all weekend long in her adopted city and clearly has the taste of Six Day, setting up a grandstand battle with home favourite Georgia Baker in Brisbane.

Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik

The crown princes of Six Day, Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik are well-placed for overall Series glory which would be a fitting end to a challenging campaign for the pair.

The Dutch duo have tipped effort into the 2018/19 season – starting in London, where they sprinted for the line to make sure of gold in the Final Chase.

But a serious injury to Stroetinga on day five of Six Day Copenhagen left the 33-year-old facing a painful recovery and Havik shorn of a partner.

Havik recovered to win PRURide Hong Kong alongside Kenny de Ketele and the pair reunited to scoop victory in Manchester, their mastery of the form shining through despite adversity.

Leigh Howard and Kelland O’Brien

If anyone in the field can testify to the power of home support, it’s this pair who hope Aussie fans will roar them to victory in Brisbane.

Leigh Howard and Kelland O’Brien enjoyed a fairy-tale Commonwealth Games last year, half of the team pursuit quartet who wrested back the world record for the first time since 2004 and won sensational gold. 

And earlier this season, in Melbourne, partisan backing helped them hold off fellow countrymen Sam Welsford and Cameron Scott to claim overall victory by a mere two points.

With Spanish duo Sebastian Mora Vedri and Albert Torres toasting victory last season in Mallorca, the pattern is set for Howard and O’Brien to swoop to glory in Queensland.

Georgia Baker

The year is only a few months old but it’s already been a golden 2019 for Georgia Baker and she has the chance to continue it in style at Six Day Brisbane.

The Tasman tornado delivered a masterclass in her first-ever Six Day, taking London by storm with Madison wins on days two and four to take the title and complete an Australian clean sweep. 

Baker sparkled at the Track World Championships in Poland, taking home team pursuit gold and silver in Madison alongside Amy Cure with Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters pipping them to the post.

Having missed out on the podium entirely in Melbourne, the 24-year-old will be pumped up and ready to end the 2018/19 season with a bang in her home country.

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