The competition remained wide open on the last day of racing as the significance of the final race in each category came into play. All points accumulated during the Final would be added directly to a rider’s overall classification points, meaning there was still plenty of room for surprises in the final standings!
Watch the video below to follow all the drama as it played out on Day 3 of the Six Day Virtual Series.
Sprint (Heat 15)
To wrap up the final match sprint of the Series, it was Jiří Janošek against Alex Spratt. Coming into the final lap, Janošek wore a frown of concentration as pumped he his legs furiously to open a gap up to Spratt. However, Spratt fought hard to claw back the metres and caught Janošek down the back straight, passing him as he came out of turn 4. Janošek nearly recovered but Spratt showed his strength to hold on all the way to the line.
Spratt chatted to Rebecca Charlton after his win, ‘that was a good race with Jiří…close fought right to the end and just managed to pip him right on the line!’
With double points available in the final race of the Sprinters’ competition, the riders were ready to give their all to boost their classification positions. As the Derny came off the track with three laps to go, there was a noticeable tension from the riders as they waited for the first attack. As had been a common feature in the racing, it was 20-year old Anton Höhne that chose to make his move just before the bell lap.
Despite the field being slow to react, Höhne was eventually caught at the end of the back straight and swallowed up by the bunch. In the closing meters, it was a two-man sprint for the line between Brit Alex Spratt and leader Tomáš Bábek. Determined not to lose out on the final race of the day, Bábek powered over the line infront of Spratt, taking all 20 points on offer plus the overall Series title.
Men’s Points Final
Taking their general classification points into the final race as they would in a real life Six Day Series event meant it was all to play for in the Men’s category. The first three sprint laps were all taken by different riders as they battled for dominance in the race with Sebastian Schmiedel, Stephen Bradbury and Marc Hester all getting five points.
Hester took another sprint win at the half way stage of the 40-lap race, reducing Schmiedel’s lead to just seven points. However, consistent with his form in the competition, Schmiedel showed excellent grit to rally and cross the line first in the next two sprints taking his tally to 62 points.
With just two sprints remaining, Hester would need to rank second or better in the penultimate sprint and win the final sprint to usurp the German at the top of the leader board. Showing signs of tiredness after his earlier exertions, Schmiedel could only muster fourth place and one point in the next sprint but crucially it was the Dane that missed out on second place to Richard Banusch, handing Schmiedel the title.
Coming round to the final sprint of the competition, Schmiedel finished with a flourish by sealing the win and taking double points to finish on a remarkable 73 points.
Women’s Points Final
The Women’s category was the most tightly contested category of the competition. With only four points between them, Megan Barker on 40 points was looking to stave off any attacks from Amalie Winther Olsen to claim the win and the overall title.
Not ready to lose sight of the trophy, the Dane shot out of the blocks taking the first three sprints and creating her own four point lead over Barker. However, the Welsh rider responded brilliantly by taking a sprint win of her own with Winther Olsen grabbing three points behind her in second.
Coming into the business end of the race, it was Jenny Holl that took control. The Scottish rider, having only managed three points so far, surged out into the lead forcing the field to work hard to chase her down. But Holl was not to be caught, riding out strongly and maintaining her advantage to secure three sprints in a row, putting herself into 3rd place.
As the riders entered the final sprint, Barker and Winther Olsen sat tied on 60 points. Whichever rider finished in front of the other would secure the Six Day Virtual Series crown. Fighting fiercely, it looked like Winther Olsen had the legs to go the distance down the back straight but started to fade coming out of turn 4. Zoe Backstedt seized the moment to attack for the line taking Barker with her and finishing in a Welsh one-two. With the 6 points added to her tally, Barker took the Women’s General Classification win in style totalling 66 points. Amalie Winther Olsen finished in 2nd, and Zoe Backstedt in 3rd.
The final standings of the Six Day Virtual Series!