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Movers and shakers on day two at Six day Brisbane

13 April 2019

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Two days down, but we’re no clearer who might have their name on the crown at the culmination of Six Day Brisbane.

An electric day in the elite men’s competition as Sam Welsford and Cameron Scott put together a pair of wins to pile the pressure onto narrow leaders Kell O’Brien and Leigh Howard.

It’s advantage Katie Archibald in the women’s classification, after another professional pair of displays on the saddle ensured her place at the summit ahead of Day 3, while Ethan Mitchell and Patrick Constable continue to play out a battle for the ages in their bids for the sprinters’ title.

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Howard and O’Brien’s lead at the top of the elite men’s standings was cut to just three points after a stellar evening from their compatriots Welsford and Scott.

Despite a third-place finish in the opening 20 minute Madison Chase for the leaders, the challengers were the last men standing in the Team Elimination, before one final push from Welsford set up victory in the gruelling 45 minute Madison Chase to close out the night.

“That was full gas out there,” said Welsford after their second triumph.

“It took us about ten laps to get that last one with about six to go. Cam had to come round and throw me in for the sprint. I had a little bit of speed left and got to the line in second to get the win.

“We raced hard today, so we might have to take it easy at the start of the night, but then we have the last day to empty the tank completely.”

And Scott added: “Forty-five minutes is a very long time, especially at that pace. It’s the second win of the night for Sam and I, so I couldn’t be happier with that.”

Archibald asserted her advantage over the field in the women’s competition as she opened up a 22-point lead over nearest challenger Amy Cure in the general classification.

A standout 20km Madison victory for Cure and partner Alex Manly took a dent out of the Scot’s advantage, but a disappointing finish for the Australian duo in the Team Elimination was compounded when Archibald and Trine Schmidt powered to a first-place finish.

It was a day of toing and froing in the sprinters’ standings, with Etan Mitchell ending the day on top of the pile after trading places with Pat Constable throughout the night.

Entering day two with the general classification advantage, the New Zealander ceded his lead to the home favourite after Constable edged him out in the sprint final.

And he looked to capitalise in the kierin when he hit the front of the pack early, but to be reeled in by Zac Williams, as Mitchell profited from the fading Constable to re-take the overnight lead, with just two points separating the duo.

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