German riders star at Phynova Six Day London as attention turns to Berlin

30th October 2019

The British riders elicited the loudest roars but the performance of the German contingent must not slip under the radar at what was a scintillating Phynova Six Day London.

Germanic efficiency was conspicuous throughout the event, with Madison world champion Theo Reinhardt and his partner Max Beyer finishing fourth in the general classification after a series of consistent rides on the London boards.

But it was sprinter showman Max Levy who was the main protagonist dazzling the Lee Valley VeloPark crowds, smashing not one but two Phynova Six Day London records as he cruised to searing laps of 9.871 and 9.817 seconds in the 200m Flying Time Trial on days three and four.

And with Six Day Berlin rapidly approaching in January, the German riders come out of the London bonanza with plenty of momentum and well-placed to thrive further on home soil.

“With my three sub-ten second times I think I deserved to defend my crown,” said speedster Levy, 32.

“Everything went pretty smoothly, apart from when we hit the deck pretty hard, but we are Germans and we stand our way!

“It’s been super successful to do two track records – it’s something you can’t really expect before and I’ve done it twice now.

“It’s typically human to do something and then people ask you to do it even better again, but I will see if I can beat another record in the future.”

Levy stormed to the Phynova Six Day London record twice in two nights, also becoming the first man to win ten Six Day races in a single event and beating Joachim Eilers’ three-year record of nine.

And his efforts largely overshadowed those of compatriots Reinhardt and Beyer, as his sprinting brilliance lit up East London and stunned an adoring horde of fans.

But the German duo’s efforts in the Elite Men category must not be neglected, delivering consistently across the six days and triumphing in three events to finish 81 points short of the majestic Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni.

“The crowd was amazing and the UK is a cycling nation,” said Reinhardt, who scooped Madison Chase glory on a thrilling Friday night.

“When you come to London you can really feel the crowd is intelligent and understands what happens.

“But Berlin is the next Six Day – it’s my home town so there will be a crowd behind me, so I’m looking forward to it and after I won the last edition, we of course want to go for another win.”

Elsewhere among the Germans, 20-year-old Lea Lin Teutenberg showed signs of precocious promise in the Zwift race but it was in the sprinters category where the nationality really caught the eye.

While it was Levy who took the headlines, Robert Forstemann finished third in the GC after a string of explosive rides and two victories in Friday’s and Sunday’s keirin.

And as he too looks forward to Berlin, he couldn’t help but acknowledge the impact of what was a consistently thunderous London crowd.

“It was a special feeling to win the keirin, especially here in London – the spectators and atmosphere make coming here so special,” said ‘Quadzilla’, 33.

Robert Forstemann enjoys a well-earned rest at Phynova Six Day London
Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

“There are so many world-class cyclists on the track, so there are many different things that make it so special and it’s been a really great feeling for me that’s motivated me a lot.”

After a brilliant week for the German contingent attention now shifts to Berlin, where a partisan home crowd will descend on the capital for six further days of thrilling action.

And, if the home favourites perform anywhere near their London levels, we can safely assume the crowd will be in for yet another Six Day Cycling treat.

Six Day London 2019 – Day Six in pictures

29th October 2019

It was a thrilling finale to this year’s Phynova Six Day London, as Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni snatched the Elite Men glory while Katie Archibald and Neah Evans were triumphant in the women’s competition.

German sprinter Max Levy also capped off a memorable week with the sprinters’ crown, breaking the Phynova Six Day London 200m Flying Time Trial record not once but twice on days three and four.

But it was day six when things really came to the boil – here are the best snaps from Sunday night.

The man with the golden bike: Elia Viviani’s custom-made Pinarello couldn’t be missed as crowds descended on the venue for the final night

Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

No pain, no gain: several riders took a tumble over the course of the week that left a conspicuous mark on their victims

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The damage from Saturday night’s carnage was visible for all to see as the Lee Valley VeloPark prepared for its final night of action

Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

Mark Cavendish, Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan took time out of their busy pre-race routines to engage with gathering crowds

Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

Vigilance is king if you’re Elia Viviani – especially when it’s your prized possession

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Blink and you’ll miss it – crowds were continually kept on their toes on a dramatic final night in the capital

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Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

The derny riders were a key part of the spectacle throughout the week as they were involved in some of the most memorable moments

Photo: Francesco Rachello / Tornanti.cc
Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

The home favourite Cavendish may have won the 60 lap derny final but it wasn’t enough to stop the charge of Italian stallion Viviani

Photo: Francesco Rachello / Tornanti.cc

The final night’s action in the women’s competition was accompanied by a luminous lights display from the adoring crowd

Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc
Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

Chemistry was key for Russian pair Mariiaa Averina and Tamara Dronova as they finished sixth in the general classification

Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

An eclectic mix of nationalities were on display but it was the Brits who led the field as Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald duked it out in the scratch race

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But it was the brilliant Archibald who prevailed, extending her Six Day hegemony on her return to London

Photo: Francesco Rachello / Tornanti.cc

She said on Friday she’d be patient in popping open the champagne – and on Sunday night it was worth the wait for Archibald

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Owain Doull and Wim Stroetinga came to blows as the tension augmented on a thrilling Sunday night climax

Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc
Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

Unity was everything for Viviani and Consonni as they propelled each other on in a pulsating final chase

Photo: Francesco Rachello / Tornanti.cc)

Jon Dibben and Chris Latham also showed that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time as they took to the boards in front of their home crowd

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The Cavendish and Doull axis proved an effective one as the Welshman starred on his Phynova Six Day London debut

(GBR) Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

No pairing combined youth and experience more than Oliver Wulff and Marc Hester, as the Danish duo were unfazed by their 15-year age difference

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The winning moment: ‘Il Veggente’ soared to a stunning victory in the final chase to dash Cavendish and Doull’s hopes and seal a remarkable debut triumph

Photo: Francesco Rachello / Tornanti.cc
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Viviani and Consinni were jubilant as they lifted their inaugural Phynova Six Day crown

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Teamwork made the dream work for the Italian duo on a night – and week – to remember in the capital

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Will Katie Archibald reign again at Phynova Six Day London?

20th October 2019

Katie Archibald arrives as first among equals and leads a stellar line-up of Elite Women to take to the track at Phynova Six Day London 2019.

The series returns to the Lee Valley Velodrome for the fifth consecutive year with a British female contingent laced with medal winners at last week’s European Track Championships.

Olympic champions Laura Kenny and Elinor Barker, team pursuit gold medallists at Rio 2016, will pair up with Barker aiming to replicate the form that saw her crowned Six Day champion in 2017.

Kenny, who is the most decorated female track cyclist in the history of the Olympic Games, made her debut in the series at the inaugural Six Day Manchester and can’t wait to compete alongside Barker.

“I love Six Day and can’t wait to compete in London,” Kenny said.

“There’s just nothing like it in the racing calendar, with the music, lights and fans creating the most amazing atmosphere.

“Being paired with Elinor again will be great fun, and we definitely know how to bring the best out of each other, like we did at the 2016 Olympics.

“We’re great friends, but also big rivals, so will be challenging each other to perform and hopefully bring home the gold for the UK fans.”

Recently-crowned scratch race European champion Emily Nelson will be joined by Manon Lloyd but it is Archibald whose Six Day records stands on its own.

The Scottish rider will be partnered by Neah Evans, victorious at last season’s Six Day Hong Kong after she pipping Nelson to the title by two points.

Archibald won the overall crown last season following wins in Manchester and at the Six Day final in Brisbane last April.

The 25-year-old boasts the most wins and podium finishes of the elite women across the series with 13 and 17 respectively. Her tenacity is spoken of in glowing terms by rivals and partners alike.

Teams from all over the world will compete in a hotly-contested field with Australian duo Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Nicola Macdonald hoping to rival the host nation.

Ireland is well represented with Alice Sharpe and Emily Kay riding, as well as Shannon McCurley and Mia Griffin while former world scratch race champion Rachele Barbieri lines up with Simona Frapporti in Italian colours.

Tamara Dronova, who won bronze in the individual pursuit at the 2019 European Games, will team up with multiple UCI track world cup medallist Maria Averina.

The programme sees the elite women take part in an omnium on Friday 25th, the Madison and Team Elimination on Saturday 26th, and the 20km Madison and 10km Scratch race on Sunday 27th.

Havik & Stroetinga the men to beat at Six Day London

19th October 2019

A star-studded Elite Men line-up that boasts no fewer than 29 World Championship medals between them will descend on Phynova Six Day London for a pulsating week of racing.

Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani lead a field aiming to knock defending champions Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga off their perch on the hallowed boards of the Lee Valley Velodrome.

Cavendish arrives as the darling of the home crowd, with World Championship golds in the Madison in 2005, 2008 and 2016 as well as Olympic silver in the omnium at Rio 2016.

And he’ll be partnered by Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Owain Doull, seeking to go one better than the 2016 World Track Championship silver he scooped at the venue three years ago.

Italian sprinter Viviani makes his Six Day bow and is set to renew rivalries with his long-term nemesis Cavendish – who caused a race-defining crash with ‘Il Veggente’ on the Rio boards in 2016.

Viviani’s partner is a similarly skilled operator in Simone Consonni, who scooped a pair of bronzes in the omnium and team pursuit at the World Championships in Apeldoorn in 2018.

Red-hot Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, who won three stages at this year’s Tour De France including the prestigious Champs-Elysees stage, is partnered by the equally exciting Joshua Harrison.

German rider Theo Reinhardt arrives in London with Six Day pedigree, breaking records on the way to Six Day Berlin triumph last year and eager to build on World Championship success in the Madison at Apeldoorn 2018 and Pruszkow 2019.

The British riders featuring at the event include six-time European champion Andy Tennant featuring alongside Matt Bostock and Jon Dibben and Chris Latham also representing the home nation.

Other nationalities on display also include Polish pairing Filip Prokopyszyn and Daniel Staniszewski, New Zealand duo Hugo Jones and Josh Scott and American double-act Adrian Hegyvary and Daniel Holloway, all of whom will be desperate to impress when the Six Day party arrives on British soil.

Whatever happens, the Elite Men competition will invariably make for absorbing viewing, providing a whole host of thrills and spills to entertain the buoyant London crowd.

Zwift racing to take centre stage at Six Day London

19th October 2019

Zwift – the indoor online training and racing platform taking cycling by storm – is set to take centre stage at Phynova Six Day London.

Cycling Esports will light up the Lee Valley Velodrome on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, with those in track centre treated to box seat and spectators watching the action on big screens.

The rip-roaring races, featuring a selection of U21 athletes and a top crop of Elite Women, will also be included in the event’s global broadcast.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, eight U21 riders will fight it out in a 15km virtual scratch race.

Tuesday’s field features Brits Red Walters, Theo Modell and William Roberts, while Lucas Towers, Charley Calvert, Santiago Cadavid, Thomas Day and Georg Mew Jensen feature on Wednesday.

On Thursday newly-crowned European champions Emily Nelson and Neah Evans will take to Zwift for a 12km virtual scratch race.

They will go up against Ireland’s Shannon McCurley, who won silver in the scratch race at the European Championships last week, and fellow home hope Manon Lloyd.

TUESDAY – U21

Scott Quincey (Switzerland) Louis Bilyard (Republic of Ireland)
Frederik Erringso (Denmark) Red Walters (Great Britain)
Theo Modell (Great Britain) Vincent Hoppezak (Netherlands)
Michael Steyaert (Belgium) William Roberts (Great Britain)

WEDNESDAYU21

Lucas Towers (Great Britain) Charley Calvert (Great Britain)
Phillip Mathiesen (Denmark) Santiago Cadavid (Great Britain)
Maxwell De Broeder (Belgium) Xeno Young (Republic of Ireland)
Thomas Day (Great Britain) Georg Mew Jensen (Great Britain)

THURSDAY – ELITE WOMEN

Tamara Dronova (Russia) Neah Evans (Great Britain)
Manon Lloyd (Great Britain) Shannon McCurley (Republic of Ireland)
Emily Nelson (Great Britain) Amalie Winther Olsen (Denmark)
Bente van Teeseling (Ned) Lea Lin Teutenberg (Germany)

Laura Kenny confirmed as stars align for Six Day

7th October 2019

Laura
Kenny, the most decorated female track cyclist in the history of the Olympic
Games, is set to star at Phynova Six Day London 2019 and Six Day Manchester
2020.

The
four-time Olympic champion is Great Britain’s most successful-ever female
athlete, with seven World Championships and 12 European Championship titles to
her name.

Kenny
will be partnered in London by Elinor Barker, reigniting a partnership that saw
them grab team pursuit gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I
love Six Day and can’t wait to compete in London and again in Manchester,” said
Kenny.

“There’s
just nothing like it in the racing calendar, with the music, lights and fans
creating the most amazing atmosphere.

“Being
paired with Elinor again will be great fun, and we definitely know how to bring
the best out of each other, like we did at the 2016 Olympics.

“We’re
great friends, but also big rivals, so will be challenging each other to
perform and hopefully bring home the gold for the UK fans.”

The 27-year-old will also headline the second edition of Six Day Manchester, set for the National Cycling Centre on 13-15 March.

There
will be cycling superstars aplenty at both events with British pair Katie
Archibald and Neah Evans set to duel for home honours later this month.

Evans
is a familiar face to Six Day fans having claimed overall victory at the
inaugural Six Day Hong Kong last season, pipping Emily Nelson to the title by
two points.

Nelson will join fellow Brit Manon Lloyd on the start line, with Ireland well-represented by Alice Sharpe and Emily Kay and Shannon McCurley and Mia Griffin.

Other stars in the women’s line-up include former world scratch race champion Rachele Barbieri, who will be partnered by Simona Frapporti.

For Russia, bronze medalist in the individual pursuit at the recent European Games, Tamara Dronova is paired with Maria Averina, a multiple medalist in UCI track world cup rounds.

Elite Women Riders:

Laura Kenny and Elinor Barker
(Great Britain)
Katie Archibald and Neah Evans
(Great Britain)
Emily Nelson and Manon Lloyd
(Great Britain)
Rachele Barbieri and Simona Frapporti
(Italy)
Michelle Lauge Quaade and Amalie Winther Olsen
(Denmark)
Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Nicola Macdonald
(Australia)
Lea Lin Teutenberg and Finja Smekal
(Germany)
Petra Sevcikova and Jarmila Machackova
(Czech Republic)
Mylene de Zoete and Bente van Teeseling
(Netherlands)
Alice Sharpe and Emily Kay
(Ireland)
Maria Averina and Tamara Dronova
(Russia)
Shannon McCurley and Mia Griffin
(Ireland)

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