Levy revels in emphatic sprint title defence at Phynova Six Day London
27 October 2019
Max Levy’s love affair with London continued as he defended his Sprinters title in style at Phynova Six Day London.
The German’s catalogue of cycling titles include four global golds and three Olympic medals, but he was made to wait until 2018 to add Six Day London to his set of scalps.
With back-to-back titles now under his belt, entertainer Levy and the London crowd are now in perfect harmony.
“I’m super happy I could defend the crown and it was a deserved victory,” said the 32-year-old, who won two medals in the Velodrome in London 2012.
“The crowd gave me some power and that’s why I tried to give it back. It’s always a good relationship between London and me and that’s why it’s so special.
“Six Day is not about winning every single race, it’s about your condition over six nights and I have lots of experience in this Series and that’s why I know how to deal with it.”
No sprinter has been more dominant at a Six Day event than Levy this week. With ten outright race wins, he surpassed compatriot Joachim Eilers’ haul of nine wins at the 2016 edition in London.
Levy was head and shoulders above the field in the Flying 200m Time Trial. He stopped the clock quickest on the first five days, just the third sprinter to achieve that feat in Six Day Series history.
The four-time world champion stunned in lowering the Six Day Series record to 9.920 and then 9.817 in successive nights. He is now responsible for three of the four sub-ten clockings in Six Day history.
There were blips on Tuesday and Friday in the Sprint Finals, when Yuta Obara and Ireland’s Eoin Mullen sprung a tactical trap and left the German with too much work to do around the final bend.
Obara became the sixth Asian rider and second Japanese to compete in the Sprinters field at Six Day, impressing throughout and emerging with silver for his efforts.
The Keirin has been unpredictable and explosive in equal measure. Five different victors have been crowned, with Brits Alex Spratt and James Bunting earning contrasting triumphs.
Robert Forstemann went toe-to-toe with Levy in 2018 and while he couldn’t quite match that form this time, rounded off a rollercoaster week with a hard-earned Keirin victory.
‘Quadzilla’ crashed brutally in Bremen earlier this month and took a tumble on Saturday too, but recovered to win the final night’s Keirin and end on the podium.
“I needed a little bit of time for recovering after Bremen and now I’m getting better, so I was really happy that I could race here,” he said.
“Every day I’ve been getting faster and faster and yesterday was my best day. It was a little bit sad that we crashed in the last race but nothing was broken and my bike was okay.
“To get back racing on Sunday and get the last win in the keirin in the Six Day was really great feeling for me and motivates me a lot.”
Six Day London returns to the Lee Valley VeloPark in 2020 between 20-25 October. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/sixdaylondon