Baker heads all-Australian podium at Six Day London
29 October 2018
Georgia Baker spearheaded a scintillating Australian onslaught as she topped an all-Aussie podium in the women’s competition at Phynova Six Day London.
Decked in the gold of their nation, they rode with power, intelligence and cohesion as they hunted in packs when needed and allowed each other to flourish, Ashlee Ankudinoff claiming second and Kristina Clonan third.
Pre-competition favourite, Dutch star Kirsten Wild won three title at the world championships earlier this year, had to settle for fifth.
And Baker believes the future is bright for the sport Down Under after such a powerful display across the squad.
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She said: “It’s awesome, it’s just great to be here in London racing in front of such a phenomenal crowd, it’s definitely one I’ll remember.
“We’ve been racing in championships in Australia and been at the Paris World Cup this year, it’s just been enjoying racing and it was just another event to try out with the madison. We’ve been after some really good results so to come away with the win is really great.
“Kirsten is a classy rider and credit to her she’s the world champion, it was close between her and I but we’ve been training really hard in Australia.
“It’s very early in our track season so to start on a really good note it gives the whole cycling team lots of positives moving forwards to the World Champs in February so it gives us the chance to get some really good results.
“It will be great to have a drink with the girls, we’ve had a brilliant week and we capped it off in the perfect way.”
Ankudinoff added: “It’s very promising for the future, we’ve got some young girls coming through and having spoken to them this week I think they’re really handling the pressure well and it’s just a step in the right direction.”
The racing began on the fourth evening with a packed field ready to show their pace and power on the boards.
Wild demonstrated why she was donning the rainbow stripes with an impressive omnium victory, taking the win in the points race and two second-place finishes to lay down an early marker.
Baker was another who caught the eye, crossing the line first in both the scratch and elimination races to challenge the Dutch four-time world champion.
And it was Baker and the rest of the Australian team who dominated Day 2, Baker herself and Ash Ankudinoff clearing up in the 20km Madison and the team elimination.
They picked up on the final day where they left off previously, piling on the power in the opening 20km Madison, which gave Baker and almost unassailable lead atop the women’s rankings.
Kristina Clonan edged the final 10km scratch over Emily Nelson to force her way onto the podium ahead of Wild, who had to settle for fifth overall.
Nelson was the pick of the British riders after being confirmed as a late addition to the competition, ending the three days fourth ahead of Wild.