Viviani and Consonni dash to glory at Phynova Six Day London
27 October 2019
Olympic champion Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni sprinted to victory at Phynova Six Day London.
Six nights of racing came down to the final two sprints of the hour-long Final Madison Chase and the decisive move came as Consonni pipped Mark Cavendish by an inch in the penultimate dash.
It was left to Cavendish’s partner Doull to claim the final points on offer and keep the Italians out of it, but Viviani pulled off an incredible closing two laps to claim the crown.
“I only raced with Simone for the first time last week and we have a great relationship, we always hear what each other are saying,” said Viviani.
“We have the Madison in the Olympics next year and this is the start of our sporting relationship.
“We are together in every race, the team elimination, every afternoon and the night. That creates a good atmosphere in the couple with the Madison.
“We knew one hour is a pretty long chase – the Olympic and World Championship one is shorter. It’s pretty special.
“We knew in the last 15, 20 minutes we could make the difference and we waited to gain the lap we lost yesterday.
“We are both fast, me and Simone, we played with Cav and Owain. We know Cav is super fast and Owain a little less.
“When Owain was there, we tried to anticipate and have a gap. I could enjoy the last moments of this amazing and intense week.”
With Cavendish and Doull leading teams traded blows in the Final Chase, the lead changing hands a number of times, but none could gain a lap advantage.
Reigning champions Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga couldn’t launch the lone attack they needed, while world champions Theo Reinhardt and Max Beyer’s late attack failed to come off.
Havik said: “We were happy with our week, we felt really good in the Final but we had to win every sprint.
“It was too hard, the situation, to win. We started with fourth and ended the Final Chase in fourth, so it’s not bad.”
Cavendish and Doull were always trailing Viviani and Consonni on points, although the 30-time Tour De France stage winner won the derny final earlier on Sunday night to stay in the hunt.
“One of the downsides of leading going into the final event, you know you’re the main guys and everyone wants to jump you,” said Doull.
“It kept changing hands but unfortunately we didn’t have it at the end.”
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